Zingale Big Idea Competition 2021 Winners

Who Won in 2021?

Three creators of business startups including an environmentally-friendly chicken producer, an innovating podcasting provider and a soccer-field scheduling application battled for the $10,000 top prize at the “virtual” 14th Annual Zingale Big Idea Competition hosted by Allegheny College’s Bruce R. Thompson Center For Business & Economics (CBE) on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Meet the 2021 Judges

And the eventual winner came from down on the farm — Dry Lake Farm.

Allegheny College student Brandon Bolling’s Dry Lake Farm eked out a hard-fought less-than-one-scoring-point victory over Grove City College’s Sidekickk led by Cameron Suorsa and Eric Dudgeon in the “virtual” Zingale Big Idea Competition at Allegheny College.

Westminster College’s Adam Saunders finished close behind in third place with a very strong presentation about his online scheduling and revenue-sharing application designed to enable soccer players to book time on local football pitches.

Lance Zingale ’77

“I believe that the societal and environmental impact of 2021 winner Brandon Bolling and his Dry Lake Farm will be more life changing than any of the other ideas that we saw this year. Big Idea’s like that are the foundation of the competition,” said Lance Zingale ’77, a longtime judge and major sponsor of the Zingale Big Idea Competition along with Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Other prize categories included the Best Social Venture Idea, The Next Big Idea and Honorable Mention.  The rundown of all the competition winners appear below.

Company Contestants College Finishing Position
Dry Lake Farm Brandon Bolling Allegheny College First – Gold
SideKickk Cameron Suorsa & Eric Dudgeon Grove City College Second – Silver
GetaGame Adam Saunders Westminster College Third – Bronze
Verus Anthony Baldeosingh & Sweta Rauniyar Allegheny College Best Social Venture Idea
Collection Center Noah Luzader Westminster College Next Big Idea
Granddaughter Tech Support Alex Heinle Allegheny College Next Big Idea
The Nxt Dimension Doug Salah Westminster College Next Big Idea
Gulpp Deliveries Atlas Besenfelder & Christian Lussier Allegheny College Next Big Idea
JG Connect Jordan Greynolds Allegheny College Honorable Mention
CyberAssist Jordan Wilson Allegheny College Honorable Mention