How A Business Competition United A Community
Start writing a post

How A Business Competition United A Community

Let there be light, let there be community.

How A Business Competition United A Community

In a world dominated by corporate power, we as a society are trained to think that those in the field of business are evil. The stigmas continue to grow whether it be through the media or on college campuses.The media has a way of influencing our opinions-whether its Bernie Sanders saying the "top 1%" controls the economy or Donald Trump saying he is a "successful business man". In terms of college, we view those who major in business as coming from a relaxed family, with the intention that they do not have to work as hard as other majors to make a living. Regardless, business has a negative connotation in today's modern day world.

Rollins College recently created an event to change this viewpoint around, and thus bring together a community of change makers.

The event was called "Ideas for Good" and challenged individuals from all majors around Rollins to come together for a friendly competition.

The purpose of this competition was for competitors to introduce an idea that is purposeful in bringing awareness to a subject to enact social change. The idea could be a good or a service, and can be centered around anywhere around the world. The beauty behind this competition was that there was a variety of original ideas to chose from, and through the help of the Social Innovation Hub, these ideas could later be brought to life.

The "idea" had to have a model of development, as well as a place for which it could be implemented. Furthermore, this idea had to be presented in front of a crowd of individuals,where 5 qualified judges evaluated the ideas being presented to them. These five individuals were people who either had a Business degree or hold their own business, thus showing they have the experience to be passed down to the competitors. The value behind having these judges is that they not only held an objective opinion to evaluate the competitors, but also served a direct purpose in offering advice to any competitor on how to make their product or service better in today's world market.

The competition also included participants from India (during their business exchange program) to participate and spread their ideas.

Throughout the competition, 20 competitors brought ideas to be implemented both in the United States and India. An overall positive impact was brought towards the judges, and a lot of positive reinforcement through feedback was given to the competitors. Three winners, all Rollins College students, were announced at the end of the competition (two received 500 dollars and the first place prize received 1000 dollars).

The key was that everyone that participated were winners. Everyone was handed a certificate,

In addition, everybody's voices were heard: regardless of race, gender, or place of origin, students from around the world were brought together in a peaceful space to share ideas and enact change.

Through this method, there was a sense of understanding for the power of business. Business, in its social purpose, is meant to inspire and help bring justice in struggling sectors. Through social entrepreneurship, students find solutions to combat issues that are often overlooked. Therefore, business is positive-in its ability to make an impact and its ability to bring people, from around the world, the ability to be future world leaders.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Black History Month? Try Black History Year

What does Black History Month mean to you?


African Americans have done so much and will forever be remembered for their accomplishments. In my opinion, there is no such thing as Black History Month. All year, we should celebrate the amazing poetry, music, inventions, and accomplishments that has surfaced over the last 100 years. Let's take a look...

Keep Reading... Show less

A TikTok Ban? Nope, That's Not Happening

We've seen this movie before with the popular social media app.


Here we go again. There's a groundswell of support to ban TikTok in the United States.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Check out what's trending on Odyssey!

writing on a page with a hand holding a pen as if the person is beginning to write something

Looking for some inspiration to kick off your Monday? Check out these articles by our talented team of response writers! From poetry to tips for manifesting your dream life, there's something for everyone.

Keep Reading... Show less

Exploring the Superbowl's Historic 50 Year Legacy!

Building up to next Sunday

football game
astros / Flickr

The Superbowl is the biggest football event of the year, and the 50-year history of the competition has seen a lot of memorable moments. The event first began in 1967, when the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played in Los Angeles. Since then, the NFL has grown from a small regional competition to an international phenomenon. Over the course of the last 50 years, the Superbowl has seen some amazing plays, memorable moments and incredible records. This includes Tom Brady's record of five Superbowl titles, the first time the Patriots won three consecutive championships, and the Steelers' record of six Superbowl titles. The event has also become a cultural phenomenon, with millions of people tuning in each year to watch the big game. There are now commercials, halftime shows, and other events that make the Superbowl a true American spectacle.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Genres Of Music That Originated From Black Culture

Numbers don't lie, up in the charts many times, black culture has defined the music industry. Music is a worldly language that can be understood by people all over the world. You bet black culture has taken over the music industry, but not from the way you may think. I'm not talking about their prominent presence in the rap game, but the origins of eleven different genres of music. Black culture is always using their heritage and ancestral knowledge to transmute the current energy to a higher frequency. Personally, I'm not surprised that many of these music genres have originated from black culture. Thankfully, I've been able to grow up in a diverse environment. I can only thrive in a diversity of friends.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments