Jake Stone of Topeka, competed with Huntington University at the eighth annual I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge held Feb. 14-16.
The challenge, hosted by the Grant County Economic Growth Council, was created to encourage entrepreneurship among students along the I-69 corridor, provide networking opportunities for students and judges, generate creative ideas and allow for collaboration between universities. The teams are charged with the responsibility of "solving" a given social or economic problem using a for-profit business model that they create.
Stone, a senior Business Management major at HU, took third with his team for "Impact Source: Gateway to Growth," a payroll outsourcing service.
A total of five teams competed. Each team was comprised of a student representative from each participating university.
The first place winners were each awarded an iPad air and smart cover. The second place team members each won $100 gift cards, and the third place team members were awarded $50 gift cards.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations.