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Enter the ideaLabs business concept competition for a chance to win prizes

Every spring, the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) sponsors ideaLabs, a business concept competition for undergraduate students from all disciplines to think about and pitch new venture ideas.

Thousands of dollars in prizes are awarded at on-campus events and at the regional ideaLabs competition, which includes students from the 11 EEC schools.

For the on-campus Case Western Reserve University ideaLabs competition, teams can submit business concept outlines. A panel of judges will review the submissions and award first-, second- and third-place prizes.

The first-place team will receive $500, and second- and third-place teams will earn $300 and $200, respectively.

Student teams and individuals from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music also qualify to participate in CWRU ideaLabs.

For ideaLabs 2017, the CWRU Career Center and CWRU LaunchNet are offering a special CWRU ideaLabs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. Individuals and teams are invited to present ideas for charitable causes and not-for-profit ventures focused on the environment, health care, education, energy or other social-good concepts.

The Social Entrepreneurship Challenge winner will receive $500 and qualify to be considered to represent CWRU at the ideaLabs regional final.

The CWRU ideaLabs representative team claims a $1,000 qualifying prize and a chance to compete for part of the $10,000 regional prize pool.

Additional information and registration are available online. The deadline to apply is March 20.

Email Gene Sasso at with questions about ideaLabs at CWRU.