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One past I2S team, TOHL (who placed third in 2012), has made real-world headway with its concept to increase efficiency and decrease costs associated with remote fluid transport in the developing world.
One past I2S team, TOHL (who placed third in 2012), has made real-world headway with its concept to increase efficiency and decrease costs associated with remote fluid transport in the developing world.

Discover Business Concepts that Could Improve World in Ideas to SERVE Showcase April 5

Twenty-nine teams will present business concepts that could help create a better world in the preliminary round (poster showcase) of the Ideas to SERVE Competition (I2S) on Friday April 5 in the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.

This event, which is open to the public, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the atrium of the Scheller College (800 West Peachtree Street). Pizza and other light refreshments will be served, raffle prizes will be given out, and everyone will get to cast a vote for their favorite project.

Organized by Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE), the competition is open to all students at Georgia Tech and recent alumni. Competing teams are applying creativity, imagination and technology to solving social issues and sustaining the environment through their early-stage concepts.

Judges of the competition include social entrepreneurs and environmental sustainability researchers and advocates. They will circulate throughout the crowd during the April 5 reception assessing the teams’ concepts.

They will select five teams to advance to the final round competition on Wednesday, April 10. The competition finals will be held at 4:30 p.m. during a special edition of the IMPACT Speaker Series in LeCraw Auditorium of the Scheller College.

Teams are competing for $20,000 in cash prizes as well as service packages provided by in-kind sponsors.

“We hope that eventually these ideas will lead to sustainable organizations that are able to generate sufficient income flows to sustain their missions,” says Professor Terry Blum, director of ILE. “If the organizations are for-profit companies, the ideas should eventually be capable of providing returns for investors as well.”

Sponsors of the competition include The Hal and John Smith Family Foundation, Hub Atlanta, Gray Ghost Ventures, Atlanta Tech Village, AARP Foundation, MaRC Sustainable Design & Manufacturing, Scheller College of Business, and the Tedd Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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