The Black Hills State University Center for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism (CBET) sponsored a ‘BIG IDEA’ competition in conjunction with National Entrepreneurship Week February 18-23.

All participants received free pizza and a chance to win door prizes. Cash prizes were awarded for the top five ideas.

The top five winners were: first place, JiEun Soh,  Korea, for his entry “Driver Queen 33”-auto maintenance for women; second place, Justin Regan, corporate communication major from Sturgis, for his ”Black Hills Pancake Factory;” third place, Nick Gale, business administration major from Spearfish, for “Black Hills Hot Dog;” fourth place, Regan for his “Dining with Children” concept; and fifth place, went to Markus Heinrich, business administration major from Whitewood, for his “School Supply Vending Machine” idea.

The competition, which was open to all BHSU students, had 16 participants. According to Barb Zwetzig, director of CBET, some of the ideas were for a business; others were product or service ideas; but all were creative.

The competition was judged by Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University;  Sheila Aker, special assistant to Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University; Sharon Hemmingson, director of Sponsored Programs at Black Hills State University; and Dr. Shane Sarver, chief research officer at Black Hills State University.