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The week concludes with Extreme Entrepreneur Tour, a program that features entrepreneurs who became millionaires before the age of 25

Posted: March 7, 2008

Denver - Thinking outside of the box is the wave of the future for Tyler Gray, an industrial design student who has designed a microwave that is not in the shape of a box. Others are taking their ideas back inside the box. Computer Information Systems major Richard Arbour and Mechanical Engineering Technology major Daimon Fleming have teamed up for a concept called Sign It. The idea enables those working in high-level security industries to log on to their computers by inserting their hand in a concealed box and using sign language.

These are just a sampling of the money-making, life-changing ideas that will be put through the test at Metropolitan State College of Denver’s first Innovation Week on Auraria campus March 10 -13. The four-day event, hosted by the Center for Innovation and the Office of Student Activities, will be held in the Tivoli Student Union and St. Cajetan’s Center. Featured activities include faculty lectures, challenges and award ceremonies, speed networking, and international speakers. Sponsored by Boulder-based Aweida Venture Partners, Innovation Week is free and open to the public.

Gray, Arbour and Fleming are among five finalists chosen out of 13 entries of inventions or ideas from students at Metro State. They were selected Jan. 29 and have been working with mentors to develop prototypes and/or plans for their inventions. They will present and be judged at the Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. in Tivoli 320. First-place, second-place and third-place awards of $500, $250 and $150 will be given.

Innovation Week closes with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (,) which brings the country's top young entrepreneurs to college campuses to spread the entrepreneurial mindset. Started in fall 2006, the tour has visited 22 schools nationwide and includes talks with four entrepreneurs who each earned $1 million before the age of 25, a Dream Action Workshop on the tools required to take ideas to reality, a speed networking event and an Extreme Entrepreneurship Panel.

Also on Thursday, OppenheimerFunds will be presenting the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to an outstanding Metro State student and alum.

For more information on the activities for the week, visit schedule an interview with the students or any of the participants of next week’s activities, please contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or


Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at