Students Challenged to ‘Imagine It!’ During Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 3, 2008 – Students at Southeast Missouri State University will be challenged to “Imagine It!” for the chance to win $1,000 during Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17-23.

“The Imagine It! Innovation Challenge is open to teams of students willing to prove their entrepreneurial spirit by embracing innovation, imagination and creativity,” said Dr. James Stapleton, director of Southeast’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the regional director of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Imagine It! challenges student teams to create value from an assigned, everyday object that will be unveiled during the Global Entrepreneurship Week opening ceremony at noon, Nov. 17, in Glenn Auditorium in Robert A. Dempster Hall on the Southeast campus. Teams have four days to create as much “value” as possible from the object, with the winning ideas being showcased at the closing event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“Value can be measured on any scale a team chooses, but the value comes from actually implementing their ideas and delivering results,” Stapleton said.

Teams of two or more students can participate in one of five competition categories, including Student Organizations, Residence Hall Floors, Greek Student Organizations, Student Body and People’s Choice. After the mystery object is unveiled, teams have until 6 a.m., Nov. 21, to complete the challenge and create a video explaining their approach to the challenge and the results it generated. The videos will be uploaded to the Redhawks Innovation Challenge YouTube page for viewing.

A team of judges consisting of business, civic and University leaders will judge all but the People’s Choice category and choose the winners based on the substance of the value created and the innovativeness exhibited by the teams. The winning videos will be showcased at the awards ceremony at noon on Nov. 21 in Glenn Auditorium at Dempster Hall.   

The People’s Choice winner will be chosen by the crowd during the awards ceremony, and teams are encouraged to invite their friends to voice their support. The audience will choose the People’s Choice winner from the second place winners in the other four categories, giving each team two chances to win. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to one team in each of the five categories, and teams are encouraged to donate their winnings and any economic value created during the challenge to a student organization or non-profit organization on campus or in the community.

For more information about the Imagine It! Innovation Challenge or Global Entrepreneurship Week, contact Stapleton at (573) 651-2010 or jstapleton@semo.edu.