Vote for your favorite!

Watch student pitches and Q&A sessions and then vote for your favorite below. The winning "Audience Choice" award winner will win $250. The winners of the "Audience Choice" award and judge's selections will be announced on Monday, April 26th.

A very special thank you to our judges:

William N. Osei, PhD '10

Tom Simon, '01

Ann Hughes, '95


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Welcome to the 2021 (Online) Innovation Challenge!

Do you have an idea for an innovative new product or service? With just your idea (and a great pitch) you could win $1,000 cash!  

Click here to enter the Innovation Challenge! 

 (deadline extended until March 15th!)

Online Voting April 9-15

All winners announced on April 16th!


The 11th Annual Innovation Challenge has officially launched!

The Innovation Challenge is a student pitch competition (think Shark Tank - but for idea-stage ventures) where teams will create a video pitch for their ideas that they will present to a panel of alumni, local business leaders, and investors for a chance to win up to $1000 in prize money (think $Cash$)!

This year's Innovation Challenge will be fully virtual. All teams will submit a video of their pitch for the judges to view and then attend a virtual Q&A with the judges. 

The Innovation Challenge is open to ALL students in ALL majors at ANY level. This competition encourages creative thinkers to develop an innovative idea that satisfies a particular market, social, or environmental need. All ideas are welcome!


$1,000 - 1st Prize

$500 - 2nd Prize

$250 - 3rd Prize

$250 - Audience favorite award

Important Dates: 
March 7th - Submit original ideas
March 7th - 31st - Meet Virtually with Mentors
April 9th - Videos submission deadline
April 12th - 15th  (exact date/times TBD) - Judges Q&A video call
April 12th-15th - Online voting open
April 16th - Winner announced!

Pitch Deck Examples

Business Model Canvas

2121 (Online) Innovation Challenge Rules

2121 (Online) Innovation Challenge Information for Teams


For more information, contact


Thank you to: