Idea Set Go

Presented by the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship

An Idea Competition putting creativity & applied problem solving to the test.

Idea Set Go is the stage where your brilliant ideas meet real-world challenges. This competition invites students to dive headfirst into identifying and solving problems, with a tantalizing $500 cash prize awaiting the most creative solution. Don't miss your chance to make a difference and be rewarded for your creativity in this exciting competition designed just for WSU students.

Information on the next competition coming soon!

As we gear up for another exciting competition we invite you to stay tuned for upcoming updates and opportunities to participate. In the meantime, take a look around to get a sneak peek of what to expect.

Congratulations to the Fall 2023 Creative Champion!

Dimitri Seneviratne

His solution focused on how to educate children with Aphantasia, a condition in which one can’t visualize mentally.

We'd like to extend our gratitude to all participants for sharing their brilliant ideas and passion for making a difference. Your participation in Idea Set Go has been instrumental in creating a vibrant and innovative community.

Key Dates for 2023

Event: Date: Time: Location:
Submissions Open September 12    
Brainstorming Party September 13

9:00 - 2:00 PM
5:00 - 6:30 PM

Devlin Hall

Video Submissions Due September 22   Online submission
Judging September 25 - 29   X, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram

How to Participate

Brainstorming Party

Designed to be a come-and-go gathering, accommodating students' busy schedules. The Brainstorming Party will run September 13th from 9 am to 2 pm and then again from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

The primary goal of the Brainstorming Party is to equip students with a quick and effective ideation process. As participants consider the problem prompt presented by Idea Set Go, they will learn and practice this process, ensuring they're well-prepared to craft innovative solutions for the competition—typically in just 3-5 minutes.

What to Expect at the Brainstorming Party
  • Interactive Stations: Devlin Hall will be transformed into an innovation hub, featuring interactive stations that guide students through the ideation process step by step. These stations are designed to be engaging, informative, and fun, encouraging participants to think outside the box.

  • Expert Guidance: Mentors will be on hand to provide feedback and guidance to students as they brainstorm. This will be instrumental in helping participants fine-tune their problem-solving skills.

  • Collaborative Environment: The Brainstorming Party fosters collaboration among students, allowing them to bounce ideas off one another and create an atmosphere of innovation and creativity.

  • Practical Takeaways: By the end of the event, attendees will have not only practiced the ideation process but also gained a deeper understanding of how to approach complex problems creatively.

The Brainstorming Party is the perfect launchpad for students gearing up for the Idea Set Go competition. It's an opportunity to refine their innovative thinking and set themselves up for success in the competition.

Pitch Submission

Students of WSU are welcome to compete for a cash prize of $500 as they test their creativity and problem solving.
Students interested in competing are to submit a unique submission as an individual, not as a team.
To compete, competitors must submit a Youtube video link when the application becomes live. It is important that you make your video unlisted or publicly available. Please verify that you have a shareable link before submission. 
Submission Criteria:
  • What is your solution?
    • How does your solution address the proposed problem?
    • Is your solution creative?
  • Who is your audience (the people your solution best serves)?
    • Is it specific and creative? (ie: degree track, job type, industry, age range, ect.)
  • Video Format 90 seconds or less
Keep in mind, videos that do not tie the proposed solution to the problem, explain their audience, or meet the time requirements will not be shown to the judges.

Submissions Accepted:

September 12th - 22nd

Open Judging

We invite WSU students and community to explore the ideas WSU students have submitted, and decide who wins the competition!

Judging will take place on social media (X, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram). To judge, interact with your favorite pitch!
The way you choose to interact awards different amounts of points.

  • Likes: 1 pt
  • Comments: 2 pt
  • Shares: 3 pt
Judging Criteria:
Judge for creativity, which has two components: solutions and audience.
  • Solutions: The applications of products/services or new product/service should be creative.
  • Audience: A selective group that the solution is geared towards should be unique and broad enough that there would be a potential market. (Examples: degree track, job type, industry, age range, ect.)
Open Judging:

September 25th - 29th

  • Two student employees pitch the competition to a class.
  • @thenickgene chugging away at helping brainstorm for #IdeaSetGo
  • Someone writes ideas on the board
  • A white board full of ideas from various participants.



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