2017 Howard Isaacson Innovation Challenge launches

Annual business competition welcomes approximately 20 participants

The Howard Isaacson Innovation Challenge is the College of Business and Management’s annual business pitch competition. The college founded the competition in collaboration with Jeremy Office, Ph.D. and event sponsor, and named it after Office's grandfather, a mentor and entrepreneur. 

This year's competition was once again opened to the entire Lynn University community. We currently have approximately 20 competitors representing Lynn's undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff members.

The competition includes several mentor sessions involving the participants and local entrepreneurs, executives, and the College of Business and Management's faculty, who assist and guide the participants in their journey to create a viable business. Meetings are held 1–2 times per month from January through May, and possibly more often as the competition presentations draw closer.

This year's semi-final and screening presentations will be held in the Snyder Idea Lab of the Mohammed Indimi International Business Center (Indimi Center) in April. Each participant will give a 10-minute presentation of their business concepts and field questions from a three-judge panel in a question-and-answer session.

The competition's final round will feature 4–5 participants. This year’s finals will be held Wednesday, May 3, in the Goldstein Lecture Suite on the first floor of the Indimi Center.

2016 challenge featured tough competition

Last year two faculty/staff members and three students competed in front of a standing-room only audience. The five participants were: Mark Jackson and Elaine Deering, Stephany Lopez Da Silva (MBA student), Samantha Haag (undergraduate entrepreneurship major), and Majed Charife (MBA student).

Richard J. Pollack, serial entrepreneur and former chief executive officer of BeyondROI, Ellis J. Parker, lawyer and real estate entrepreneur, and Rhys Williams, an investment banker and former chief executive officer of investor group, New World Angels, Inc. and current director of Tech Runway at Florida Atlantic University, judged the competition.

The winner received a cash award and six months of rent free space in an office at Research Park, courtesy of former challenge judge and current president and chief executive, Andrew Duffel.

Read about last year's challenge

Article contributed by Brian Sommer, assistant professor and director of special projects for the College of Business and Management.


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