That’s a bright idea

Donald Trump would be proud. Auburn’s Business-Engineering-Technology (B-E-T) program and the new Auburn Student Inventor’s Club recently hosted the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Invention2Venture (i2v) Apprentice Challenge workshop, a program that helps to equip students with entrepreneurial skills. It was the first event of its kind to be held in partnership with a university in the state of Alabama. Participants completed a 72-hour challenge to select a product or service, sell it and produce a profit using a $100 seed investment. Each team was required to return the investment, provide evidence of their net profits over costs and original investment, and was then evaluated on profits, scalability, uniqueness and appeal. The first place team was awarded $1,000 for its low-cost, make-it-yourself posters for the home football game against Georgia and rolls of toilet paper that were sold after Auburn’s victory for rolling Toomer’s Corner.