What is the Innovation Challenge?

The Challenge officially launches at the start of the Spring semester and culminates on April 6, 2017 at an exciting pitch competition here on Muhlenberg's Campus.

During the semester students will participate in workshops and will work with assigned mentors to create and refine their entrepreneurial idea. All teams must submit a 5 page or less business proposal. The top ten teams will be given mentors and the opportunity to pitch for $1,000. All other teams can still present their ideas for the audience choice awards in the "Idea Zone".

The final Innovation Challenge evening is an exiting event where the top 10 teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of alumni, local business leaders and investors for a chance to win cash and in-kind prizes to get started turning their idea into an innovative company of tomorrow. 

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. 


What are the prizes?


$1,250 - 1st Prize (Includes $1,000 cash and in-kind* prizes)

$650 - 2nd Prize (Includes $500 Cash and in-kind* prizes)

$400 - 3rd Prize (Includes $250 Cash and in-kind* prizes)

$100 - Audience favorite award


* 1 hour professional accounting consultation with Muhlenberg Alumnus Jeffrey Berdahl (CPA) 

How do I sign up?

Important Dates:


March 3rd - Registration Deadline

TBD - The Business Model Canvas Workshop

March 14th - Formal Written Proposals Due

March 21st - Developing the Perfect Pitch Workshop

April 4th - Pitch Dress Rehearsal



2017 Innovation Challenge Rules

2016 Instructions and Guidelines

Business Model Canvas

How to master your pitch

Judges Scoresheet

for more information contact ritachesterton@muhlenberg.edu 


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