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CLC’s Big Idea contest offers up to $1,000 prize

GRAYSLAKE – College of Lake County students will present their creative, leading-edge ideas for products or services in CLC’s fourth annual Big Idea contest and awards ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. April 15 at the Grayslake Campus. The public is welcome to attend.

The competition is designed to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and partnership with local businesses, said Patty Clark, CLC business professor and main organizer of the event.

In a format similar to the popular “Shark Tank” TV program, students will pitch their ideas to a panel of five judges with entrepreneurial expertise. The locally based panel includes a patent attorney and members of the college’s business administration advisory committee.

Students were given a March 17 deadline to submit a two- to three-minute video summarizing their idea to solve a problem, harness an opportunity or change the world. From the submissions, a $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the first-place winner.

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