Walsh College’s LaunchPad program is challenging high schoolers and community college students, along with Walsh students and alumni, to either create a new product or to make an existing product better, in its annual “Make it Better” competition.

The popular entrepreneurial competition, now in its sixth year, has more than doubled its entries over the years. Registration applications are now available; entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

Ten cash prizes will be awarded, totaling $1,700. There is an optional marketing submission, as well, with five gift cards being awarded.

Entrants will be judged on the need, impact/ innovation, and the creativity of the product.

The competition is intended to inspire students to think “outside-the-box” and to spark interest in entrepreneurial ventures. Entrants are asked to describe a new product or service, or how they would improve or redesign an existing product, to better the quality of life for individuals, and in turn make their community a better place to live.

“We strive to inspire budding entrepreneurs of all ages to explore their creativity, and they might just come up with an idea or a product that will make the world a better place,” said Carol Glynn, director, Walsh College’s LaunchPad program.

LaunchPad is a co-curricular program that encourages and guides entrepreneurs through the process of starting or growing a business. It is open to all current Walsh students and alumni free of charge.

Applications for the “Make it Better” competition are available online at www.walshcollege.edu/launchpad or by contacting Diane Fisher at (248) 823-1670.