The Barton Innovation Competition was held earlier this month at the Boykin Center in downtown Wilson where numerous Barton students competed to come up with the best business idea.

Barton students entered their ideas for a business or product for a chance of winnovation2inning the grand prize of $2,500.

The winner of the Small Business category was Clayton Stakes, who proposed an off- the-leash dog park and training grounds.

“It was nerve racking to present but I felt confident with my answers to questions. I plan to save the money I won as I graduate this semester and the real world begins,” said Stakes.

“I plan to investigate avenues for starting the business. It was very accomplishing to see my hard work pay off.”

Omar Gonzalez, who proposed a further education program for Hispanic youths, was the winner of the Community Outreach category.inovation1

The winners of the New Venture category were Jorge Pradilla and Rafael Ruiz Velasco with their product, Notecam. Notecam is a digital scanning application to create and edit class notes.

Other entries in the Small Business category included an indoor beach volleyball club proposed by Pierre Tang-Taye and Charles Hyde, an open art studio for Barton College art students in the downtown area proposed by Donovan Woods and Teresa Scott and a coffee shop in downtown Wilson that would make deliveries based on a GPS system proposed by Gabriel Farris.

Entries for the Community Outreach category included Lend a Heart Home, proposed by Tia Broady, which catered to 15-19 year old pregnant females; Just Write! Project, proposed by Luisa Torres and Allison Dellinger, which encouraged students and youth to participate in writing activities and Attitude, proposed by Jorge Pradilla and Rafael Ruiz Velasco, which focused on helping youth with A.D.H.D. and A.D.D.

Other entries for the New Venture category included A.M.I. Digi-Mow, a digital lawnmower controlled by the GPS software on your phone, proposed by Arthur Meredith and Blassify, an application designed to help customers and venders reach appropriate monetary bargains, proposed by Victoria Jordan.

By: Rachel White