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Do you think you have the NEXT Bright Idea?!

Lansing Economic Area Partnership unveils a student idea competition.

Competition seeks to highlight innovative students and ideas that will change Lansing and the world

Do you think you have the NEXT Bright Idea?

LANSING – The partners and members of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (Leap) in partnership with MSU students, unveiled The Next Bright Idea Competition ( on Wednesday, December 2nd. The goal of the competition is to foster and reward smart and innovative thinking and ideas to make the world a better place. Traditional business model ideas, non-traditional inspirations, ideas that can help the community, or a non-profit or civic organization are all strongly encouraged.

The Competition encourages any student currently enrolled in any Ingham, Eaton or Clinton County higher education institution, including but not limited to MSU, LCC and Cooley Law School. The website will be accepting submissions until January 17th. However, applicants are encouraged to submit early to gain publicity for their idea, as well as allow for substantive community feedback.

The Next Bright Idea board strongly encourages community members to check out the website to comment on students’ ideas and to provide comments and feedback on how to improve their ideas. Students can then continually edit their idea until the January 17th deadline.

From January 18th until February 7th, the community will be encouraged to visit the website and vote for their favorite ideas. The top 10 vote earners will earn a place in the final competition held on February 18th. At the competition (location and time TBD) the 10 finalists will have a chance to present their ideas to a panel of judges.

The winner will receive $5,000 and a slew of other resources, ranging from professional development services to press coverage, to help develop their bright idea and make it a reality. The competition hopes to encourage students to stop sitting on their ideas and to start acting on them!

One of the student organizers of the competition, Brett Kopf, a young entrepreneur himself, sees the young talent in the region as the new driving force for Lansing’s economy. “When the whole world is re-trenching, the young guns gotta step up and push forward!” He believes the competition can help empower students to voice their ideas and make a real impact.

Engaging the community throughout the entire process is an important feature of the competition. With everyone viewing and providing feedback on the incredible ideas and talent in Lansing, we hope to take the community to the NEXT level.

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