Beaver students invited to enter Lion's Den idea competition

Dare to enter the Lion's Den sign sits in front of lion shrine.

Beaver students are invited to enter the Lion's Den, an annual idea competition designed to foster innovation on campus. The competition is part of the University-wide Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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MONACA, Pa. — It’s time to enter the Lion’s Den … again.

In year two of the annual idea competition, students are being asked to come up with a proposal to improve campus life.

It can be anything — high tech or low tech, simple or complicated — as long as it benefits fellow students.

Participants can register alone or in teams of up to five. The deadline for filling out the online form is Nov. 3. Finalists will pitch their ideas — “Shark Tank”-style — to a panel of judges on Nov. 14 in the Student Union Building Lodge, and the winning ideas will be implemented on campus.

The Lion’s Den is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a University-wide initiative to engage students, foster innovation, and build upon classroom learning with real-world experiences.

Last year, Beaver students were given broader parameters and asked to submit ideas for a new business or device. More than 35 teams entered the competition, which Leighton Markus won with his idea for a “snack drone” that can deliver food at sporting events.

This year, the focus is inward, a change that Ashu Kumar, Lion’s Den coordinator and instructor in information sciences and technology, hopes will inspire even more students to participate.

“If they win, they are leaving a legacy,” he said.

Interested students must fill out the online registration by Nov. 3. Finalists will be notified on Nov. 7.


April Johnston

Public Relations Director, Penn State Beaver

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