More time given to share great idea

Creative thinkers get one more week to think of innovative ideas for the second annual Innovation Challenge presented by Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana.

Trine University’s Innovation One is offering the Innovation Challenge to find the best ideas and concepts for business and technology. The deadline to enter has been extended to Sunday, March 8. A panel of judges will select finalists who will present their ideas in April. Awards will be presented Saturday, April 11.

It’s free to enter the Innovation Challenge and there are no age restrictions. Take advantage of the one-week extension to finalize an entry and submit it by March 8. To get an application or for more information, call 260.665.4265 or email

For the technology category, participants are encouraged to think about technological inventions or advances while entries in the business category should focus on a new business idea or service. Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each category. First place is worth $2,500, with $1,000 for second and $500 for third. Prizes will also be given for Best High School Entry, Best University Entry and Best Community Entry. Cash prizes are unrestricted so winners may use the money to advance their idea or spend it another way.

In 2013, Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana, began supporting the five-year challenge with a $100,000 gift for awards and scholarships. The contest, which debuted in 2014, is open to residents and students in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Innovation One, housed in Trine’s new Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering, is a venture that brings ideas to market by providing expertise and services to help promote economic growth in Northeast Indiana and the region. It offers a range of services that enables students from every area of study to get involved. Among the services offered are engineering consulting, prototyping, research and development, testing and assessment, and market research. For more information about Trine’s Innovation One, visit

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Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $134 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,308 full-service Banking Centers, including 102 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,639 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 22.8% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of September 30, 2014, had $303 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC. Subject to credit review and approval.