University of Southern Indiana

2011 Anchor Industries

In 2011, Anchor Industries, Inc., the largest tent manufacturer in the US, announced their first student ideation contest. The contest challenged students to explore a variety of design issues and develop a new form of tent structure that can be introduced into the event rental market. Anchor tent products are used at large corporate, hospitality, and sporting events as well as private functions, such as designer weddings. The theme of the contest was "PARTY ON" and students were challenged to consider innovative ways to make the spaces used for these events unique and special.  

Anchor 2011
The top two teams show off their tent designs. The winning team from left: Chelsea Schmidt, Adam Kaps, and Sarah Krampe. Second place team from left: Sara Rasnick and Jon Bond.

Competition Guidelines


  • First Place: $2,500
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Summer internship opportunity
  • Name potentially on patent

Faculty Assisting

  • Sandeep Goyal
  • Chad Milewicz
  • Laci Rogers
  • Kenneth Shemroske


Executive of Anchor Industries challenges USI students to design party tents
September 19, 2011

USI students to present novel tent concepts to Anchor Industries
November 23, 2011

Marketing majors prevail in ideation contest
November 28, 2011

USI Magazine: Ideation Challenge develops future business leaders
February 2012

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