Michiana students pitch LimeBike ideas for efficiency

LimeBike is getting some business help from high school students.

Every product starts as an idea. The popular LimeBike was once just a thought in someone's head. Now, students are challenged to make their own ideas on how to improve the brand.

"What can I come up with to make this easier for LimeBike?" Penn High School STEM Academy Leader Josiah Parker said. "So they can do their job better or faster or make more money?"

The prize for the top three groups is a paid internship with The Sibley Center. Austin Waech, who came in first after presenting a pneumatic lift by himself, says it's not the prize that really matters.

"I didn't really do it for the internship," Waech said. "I just did it to help the people at LimeBike. I really care about engineering and the fact of helping people be better at life as opposed to just doing it to further my own gains. I'd rather further the gains of everybody else."

Like Waech, many groups focused on helping people, specifically the workers at the workshop who are repairing the bikes and the conditions they need to work under.

"We are trying to establish ourselves more in the community as opposed to- and I guess that sounds bad if I finish my sentence- as opposed to making sure our workers are comfortable with how they're repairing," LimeBike South Bend Operations Manager Nathan Hasse said.

Since, LimeBike is a relatively new business, long term issues are something they're now, finally, thinking about.

"I haven't seen any actual instances of employees coming to me and saying that they're injured or hurt or having their back bother them at all," Hasse said. "It's something that brought to light to me that it may happen at some point in time and I don't want those kinds of things to happen to my employees."

Limebike says they were blown away by the ideas students brought to them.

They say it's just a matter of time until they welcome the students into the workforce with open arms.