Raymond Ideas Challenge

About The Raymond Ideas Challenge:

The Raymond Ideas Challenge encourages undergraduate and graduate students to dream up the next great product or service and enter their big idea in this campus-wide competition. This program offers a number of unique features and benefits:

  • Real-world experience: Students receive valuable experience developing business concepts, writing skills and presentation abilities.
  • Networking opportunities: Students have the opportunity to network with the judges and gain invaluable contacts.

Participation: Students who are pursuing any major are encouraged to submit applications describing their concept.

Selection process: Members of the business and academic worlds judge each submission and the top 40 are named finalists. Finalists present their concept to judges from the business community who challenge them with questions.


2018 Important Dates

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018: Applications Open
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018: Applications Close
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Online Voting Begins
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Finalist Workshop
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018: Raymond Ideas Challenge


2017 Raymond Ideas Challenge Winners:

First Place: David Delamater, Matt Kellogg, Adam McGaffin, Gustavo Ordonez, Nathan Wiatrek; The OxiScope

Second Place: Philip Bowie, Cole Fincher, Wesley Kuehn, Michael New, Isaac Pitblado, Jana Soares; TOBOR

Third Place: Ryan Alderink, Jack Clark, Grace Fan, Alejandra Hernandez, Pulkit Jain, Kendel Lipe; Hexamania

Honorable Mentions:

Dean Barbalias, David Barbalias, Haley Conrad; Neptune Sensors

Jillian King, Grace Tsai, Elizabeth Latham Sheets; Bioom

Garrett Ransom, Kristin-Sophie Strittmatter; U’DERS

Frank DiRosa, Briana Martinez; Smart Gun Holster

First Place Video Pitch: Darrecia Johnson; EMPOWER

Second Place Video Pitch: James Dickey, Dylan Secrest; Interlynx

Third Place Video Pitch: Ally Calandro; The Expeditionary School


Learn more about the results of previous Ideas Challenge competitions.