Click here to submit your idea before February 17, 2017.


    Seven (7) prizes worth a total of $1350 will be awarded across three (3) competition categories in START SOMETHING BW.


    Categories will be determined by contest judges.


    Winners will be notified via email or phone by Friday, February 24, 2017.


    Student Prizes

    Business Category (Best idea for a new business.)

    • $250 Student Winner
    • $150 Student Runner-Up

    Social Enterprise Category (Best idea for a business with a positive social impact. Examples: Tom's Shoes; Soapply; Project Repat)

    • $250 Student Winner
    • $150 Student Runner-Up

    Baldwin Wallace Category (Best idea for BWU. Examples: Bridge over Bagley; Int'l internship exchange program; Coffee shop in Bonds.)

    • $250 Student Winner
    • $150 Student Runner-Up

    Faculty / Staff Prize

    • $150 Winner (Any Category)


    Decisions of the LaunchNET judges are final and not subject to appeal.

    • Does the idea provide a solution to a problem?
    • Does a market exist to buy/need/use the solution?
    • How innovative and/or original is the idea?


    The contest is open only to current Baldwin Wallace University undergraduate students.

    • A contestant may submit multiple ideas.
    • An idea can be submitted by a "team" (consisting of up to 5 people), but all team members must be current Baldwin Wallace University undergraduate students. 
    • Submissions must be early-stage ideas and not fully developed businesses. As such, an idea that already has a functioning business associated with it will not be accepted.  Specifically, the idea cannot already generate revenues; receive funding or financing of any form; be part of an accelerator or incubator; or have any legal form of incorporation.


    Contestant identities and idea details disclosed in the contest entry forms are considered public domain and can be used by LaunchNET and/or Baldwin Wallace University for marketing and publicity purposes.

  • Contest ends February 17, 2017.