idea competition

Congratulations to the winner: WANDR!

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crossroads idea competition

Congratulations to John Laughlin and Josh Roche! They won $2,500 for WANDR, their idea of a peer-to-peer platform for renting outdoor gear.

Every great business starts with a great idea. Before there’s a minimum viable product, before customers and revenue, before investors, there’s a spark of innovation,  a flash of insight, a moment of inspiration.

The Crossroads Idea Competition is your chance to showcase that idea and get feedback from expert judges. After that, you can take your idea into a pre-accelerator like B-Start, then into Mill Cohorts, then on to gBETA! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find yourself pitching at Crossroads Pitch Competition someday.

(Need some inspiration on what makes a great idea? Check out this blog post.)



applications open



deadline to apply


DECEMBER 15, 3-4:30 pm

demo day!

But first, let’s see what you’ve got in mind!

Crossroads Idea Competition is open to anyone in the Velocities region (Bloomington, Columbus, and surrounds). Submit an exec summary by December 6. Tell us:

  • What problem are you solving?
  • For what customer?
  • What evidence do you have of need?
  • What’s your solution?
  • How will you earn revenue?

We’ll let you know by December 8 whether you’re in for Demo Day on December 15. If so, you’ll give a 5-minute pitch on Zoom. This will be shorter than a traditional pitch: we’re not going to pepper you with questions, because after all, it’s just an idea at this point!

And don’t forget: Thanks to our awesome sponsor Velocities, the winner takes home $2,500!