Idea Generation/Next: College Edition (IGN-CE),  was a pitch competition designed to encourage and promote new ideas from college students committed to addressing social issues facing our communities. It’s part of United Way’s social innovation initiative to activate students across disciplines to think about ways to improve the lives of families and children in low-income households in the counties we serve: Wake, Durham, Johnston, and Orange.

Participating colleges included: North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, Wake Technical Community College, and William Peace University.

This competition was open to all students –– from artists and social workers to econ and business majors –– IGN-CE is designed to create a pipeline of innovators with a special emphasis on college-age women and people of color, groups currently underrepresented in the entrepreneurial community.

Here are the 2017 Idea Generation/Next: College Edition winners:

 

Destiny Alexander—NC Central University: The Tassel is Worth the Hassle

The Tassel is Worth the Hassle program will address the obstacles single mothers in poverty face when completing their education.

Tyler Ford—Shaw University: Raining Jobs

Raining Jobs is a mobile application that will connect skilled workers with employers on a short-term basis.

Marjorie Segule—NC State University: Juvenile Detention Education

Juvenile Detention Education will address the school to prison pipeline created by the achievement gap that exists between students who are or are not placed on suspension at school.

  • Final Pitch Day (February 24th), participants pitched their final ideas to a panel of judges (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors) in competition for a $30K price pool awarded to the top ideas. Click here to see photos from the Final Pitch Day