The Center for Entrepreneurship Takes Entries for the #SLUPureIdea Generator Competition

dsc01932014 #SLUPureIdea Winners, along with Director Tim Hayden, make their pitch to Mayor Francis Slay.

Entrepreneurial students will pitch solutions for a chance to win funding and more!


September 22, 2015- The Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business has opened the 2015 edition of the annual SLU Pure Idea Generator Competition. Open to any current college student this year, contestants have a potential of competing in two-rounds of presenting investors and startup incubators for the chance to receive cash funding and a trip to the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization National Conference.

The first round is open to any currently enrolled college student across the United States. To enter, students must follow @SLUent via twitter and tweet their solution to the given problem with the hashtag #SLUPureIdea. The 2015 SLU Pure Idea problem is:

Over the past 100 years, St. Louis has gone from being seen as the Gateway to the West to “flyover country.” What would you design, build, or create to make St. Louis the new gateway to innovation?

On September 28, the top 24 solutions will be chosen to enter the second round.

The finalists will compete at City Museum’s 11th story rooftop on Sun, October 4. Contestants will be given a new problem and will be placed on City Museum’s 3-story rooftop Ferris wheel (Big Eli) for a 30-minute ride. At the end of the ride, the finalists will pitch their new solutions to some of the biggest names in the St. Louis entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

“Last year, the finalists were blown away when they had the opportunity to solve a problem for the Mayor of St. Louis. How often do you get the chance to pitch the Mayor at City Hall for an hour…all from a tweeted idea.” said Tim Hayden, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Besides meeting highly recognized individuals and investors, the three finalists will receive cash prizes, and the first place winner will also win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) National Conference in Kansas City, MO in November. This contest may start small with a tweet, but can connect students with the top entrepreneurial minds in St. Louis!

Highlights of the competition can be found at vimeo.com/sluent/pureideagenerator. For more information, please visit the SLU Pure Idea Generator page.


About Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 14,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good. To learn more, visit: www.slu.edu. 

About the John Cook School of Business

Founded in 1910 with Father Joseph Davis’ vision to create a flourishing school of finance and commerce, the John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River. Rooted in a rich history of values-based business education, for the past century Saint Louis University’s business school has continuously sought to define business education.  

Accredited by AACSB International the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is home to top-20 programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cook School a top-100 business school in the country. To learn more, visit business.slu.edu. 

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