FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest

Welcome to the FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest. 


The goal of the pitch contest is to discover, fund and support innovative and exciting ideas from our students to solve challenges, large and small, faced by our Kent State Student Media partners individually and as a whole. In a media market that is constantly evolving and spinning off new sources of audience engagement and content, innovative and experimental ideas are essential to the continued success of any media enterprise, including Student Media. With FlashLab and the pitch contest, we are seeking our students' innovative ideas to guide Student Media towards growth and progress in the areas of content creation, audience engagement, revenue generation and collaboration. 


WHAT: A fun, competitive contest to develop innovative ideas in the areas of content development, revenue generation, audience engagement and collaboration. Winning ideas have the chance to receive funding to launch their ideas within Kent State Student Media.

WHEN: Contest opens Sept. 28th and closes Oct. 28th at 11:59 p.m., with final judging to be completed by Dec. 1, 2018

WHO: All currently enrolled Kent State University students are invited to pitch. Entrants do not have to be connected to a Student Media partner, though they are encouraged to collaborate as they see fit. 

AWARDS: Winning ideas will share in up to $10,000 to help launch the idea with the Student Media partner(s) involved. The winning innovators (those who submitted the winning pitches) will share in $1,000 in prize money. 

HOW: Rules and FAQs are listed below.

MORE: To learn more, contact director of Student Media, Kevin Dilley, [email protected], or Student Media liaison, Jackson Guido [email protected]

ENTER HERE: http://bit.ly/FlashLabPitch

STEP ONE: Identify an opportunity 

Some people call these problems or challenges. For us, these are opportunities to build, improve, invent, and innovate. Look around Student Media in the areas of content creation, audience engagement, revenue generation and/or collaboration. This could be focused on your specific area or span across multiple (or all) media partners. PRO TIP: Stay focused and remember that these can be focused solutions to small problems or opportunities.

STEP TWO: Develop a solution

Work alone or collaborate in teams to develop an idea to solve this problem. Brainstorm, discuss, research, blue sky.  PRO TIP: Find collaborators who are not involved in Student Media but who might media consumers or might be involved in entrepreneurship, business, art, or other disciplines. 

STEP THREE: Build the idea and pitch

Begin filling out the pitch form here. Be clear about your idea, don't worry about getting too deep into the weeds. Focus on the idea, the audience, the budget needed to get this idea of the ground.  PRO TIP:  Come hear from Zach Mikrut with KSU LaunchNet about how to build a better pitch on Wed. Oct. 3 at 11:30 in 228 Franklin Hall. 

STEP FOUR: Edit your proposal

Edit, edit, edit. Show your idea to a couple of people who haven't heard this yet. Let them give you feedback. This will improve your pitch.  Give it to somebody to make sure you grammar and style are clean and consistent. You don't want to be overlooked because of sloppy writing. PRO TIP: Read your pitch backward, from last line to first line. This will help you focus on just the grammar, not the larger ideas. 

STEP FIVE: Submit your pitch

Don't forget this part!  You have until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2018.  You can submit your completed pitch here. Once submitted, you will not be able to update or edit. 

ENTER HERE: http://bit.ly/FlashLabPitch


1. ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to currently enrolled students at Kent State University. Those not enrolled may participate as long as they are teamed with an eligible KSU student. Contest judges and their respective affiliates, agents, immediate families, and people living in their households are not eligible to participate. Kent State Student Media, at its sole discretion, shall determine eligibility of any individual or entity, and may disqualify any participant at any time for any reason. In the event of a conflict or potential conflict between submissions, Student Media, in its sole discretion, may choose to reject or disqualify one or more submissions.

2. SUBMISSIONS/REGISTRATION: Between September 28th and October 28th, 2018 , you must submit your proposal online though the contest submission form. Registration and submissions will be accepted only via this submission form. You must provide a valid KSU email address, which will be the means used to communicate with you. All applicable sections of the submission form must be completed to create a valid submission into the contest. Submissions may be made as a draft and may be edited up until the closing date on October 28th, 2018. On October 28th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., all submissions will be considered final.



Judging will be based on the following criteria:

5. PRIZES The following monetary awards will be awarded to the winning teams, to be divided evenly among team members. The award will be distributed, via check, within 30 days following the final round and announcement of winners:

6. BUDGET FOR WINNING IDEAS: A pool of up to $10,000 will be set aside to fund the launch of the winning ideas. The amount of money awarded to each winning idea will be determined by the director of Student Media with approval by the Student Media Board in the event the amount exceeds $500 for any one idea. The director will work with elected Student Media leaders whose media group is involved in the implementation of the idea. Elected leaders maintain the "sole authority to determine content for the media they lead" per University Policy 4-12.1 A1 and therefore may decline to participate in the launch of any winning idea that involves content decisions. In the event of a declination by a Student Media leader, there will be no budget money awarded for the winning idea. If the winning idea involves multiple media partners, budget will be apportioned appropriately. 


Winners and/or the media partner implementing the idea will be required to submit two separate written progress reports regarding their submission to the director of Student Media. The first summary is due March 15, 2019 and the second summary is due April 15th, 2019. The summaries should be between 300 and 500 words and include how prize money has been spent, what specific actions have been taken, and what has been learned or accomplished. 

All contest entrants will be invited to the spring 2019 Student Media banquet to be held in late April or early May 2019.  Each winning team will be invited share and demonstrate their idea and its implementation.

RIGHT TO CANCEL OR MODIFY : If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the contest, Kent State Student Media reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.

By participating in this contest, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to the following statement:

As a primary investor in your idea and its implementation, Student Media reserves the right to use your idea in its entirety, along with any assets associated with the idea, for any and all purposes, in perpetuity.  As the original owner of the idea, you will retain equal rights and ownership to the idea for your own, non-competiting purposes. The contest is an open and collaborative process. Once ideas are submitted, they may be shared with others including, but not limited to judges and used in marketing purposes for Student Media.

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