​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Innovative Leadership Challenge | College of Business

What used to be known as "The Innovation Competition" is back with a twist! 

Innovative Leadership Challenge at the University of Findlay.

2018 Innovative Leadership Competition - Final Round

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11

Center for Student Life & College of Business Atrium

Free to attend | Community welcome! 

Finalists will compete in front of a panel of judges. This year's judges are:
Leigh Esper, executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement
Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO and president Garner Trucking, Inc.
Blake Martin, art director for AR Marketing
Ron Zydonik, director of product application and development for Rowmark

University of Findlay students will showcase their leadership and innovation skills in the business industry in the very first Innovative Leadership Challenge! The purpose of the Innovative Leadership Challenge is to promote leadership skills, problem-solving and creative thinking.  The competition is open to ALL students to compete individually or in teams of two to five students.

$12,000 in prize money will be awarded! 

Thank you to Garner Trucking, Inc. for making this possible! 

How It Works

Students choose one of three categories to compete in:

Innovative Leadership. This category will consist of individuals or teams of two to five students. Contestants will compose an event such as a new class, club or seminar. The goal is to promote leadership on campus. All logistics for the event need to be outlined in submission.

Innovative Business. This category is similar to The Innovation Competition from previous years with an additional element of leadership. It gives individuals or teams of two to five students a chance to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship through the development of an idea, creation of a business model, and delivery of a final presentation. Ideas must be based on a sustainable business model that would benefit City of Findlay businesses and services.

Organizational Case Study. Student organizations or clubs will form a team of two to five students. Once signed up, students will receive a problem for the preliminary round through email and will submit their solution to the problem by April 3. Finalists will be selected for the final presentation by the selection committee on April 6. On April 10, finalists will be given the final case study. They will have 24 hours to compile their response and prepare for their presentation on April 11.  

Click here or the button below to view the rubrics for each category of the 2018 Innovative Leadership Challenge!

Contestants from each category go through a selection process before moving on to the final round. Each category in the final round will be judged by four local business leaders that showcase exceptional entrepreneurial and leadership qualities.


How to Sign Up

Registration for the 2018 Innovative Leadership Competition is now closed.

Here are some of the business ideas presented at the 2017 Innovation Competition: