Union College students pitch stupid ideas

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Times Union

The College recently hosted a backwards pitch competition for students in the Innovation, Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset course.

Students were asked to come up with the worst, most bizarre or most ridiculous idea. Pitches must be between 150 seconds and 180 seconds and delivered without notes.

Each year the College offers an interdisciplinary course open to all students that focuses on a single topic and is taught by a variety of professors. Known as the Minerva Course, the class also includes lectures by accomplished guests. Past topics have included presidential elections, income inequality, oil, food, technology and society, and globalization.

This year’s course, which enrolls 91 students across a broad range of majors, is unique and unconventional from past Minerva classes. Working with faculty since last spring, the College’s University Innovation Fellows helped design the curriculum.

Learn more about the course.