Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship Association IDEA@GCU

The IDEA@GCU is a student based club organization dedicated to assist all GCU students, faculty and staff both on campus and online in the creation, evaluation and implementation of ideas that provide value to others both for profit and not for profit.

IDEA Activities

IDEA Canyon Challenge Business Plan Competition
Open to all Students both online and ground as well as all staff and faculty. Last year IDEA awarded a total of $10,000 in prize money to the top 3 finalists. Please go to the IDEA web page and see the deadlines for submission as well as past business plans. Also keep track of the meeting times so that you can work with faculty and fellow students to further develop your idea. It is our intention to promote Entrepreneurship throughout the entire GCU community. Join now at to start building your IDEA!

GCU Incubator
IDEA members upload their business ideas onto the IDEA web platform. Members upload their profiles and each can search to find common interests and opportunities to collaborate. The dynamic website is designed to help those with ideas find people to help them implement them.

Officer Information:

President, Lemmy Gitahi

Meeting Information:

Date: Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month (beginning Sept. 11)
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Colangelo College of Business Building

The IDEA Office and Lab:

IDEA is now sponsoring a GCU Maker Community based on an open source platform which includes 3D printers, scanners and other equipment.
Location: CAS 6-241

For more information contact:

Tim Kelley
Assistant Professor
COB Office 139
(602) 639-7721

Mr. Kelley is an experienced Entrepreneur having developed several multimillion dollar companies. In January 2008 he was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine for Innovative International Entrepreneurship. He is currently an Angel Investor operating the Entrepreneur Opportunity Fund (a multimillion dollar private equity fund).