Innovation Challenge Spring Application

INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Innovation Challenge is a university-wide competition with the goal to identify, advance, and support the most innovative projects on campus. $225,000 in total funding will be awarded during the 2021-22 academic year to the most innovative ideas! The competition is open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and incubator startups. 

This second phase will award $150,000 in seed funding. 
 

Employer/Department
We define "Incubator Startup" as either participating in the UI's Research Park or active alumni members receiving support from the UI Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory.
College
Are you the founder or a partner with equal or controlling interest?
Founders are required to present the pitch.
Do you have more than one team member?

TEAM MEMBER 2

Employer/Department
College

TEAM MEMBER 3

Employer/Department
College

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Does your business have a valid University of Iowa vendor ID?
Please indicate the level of your business below in terms of annual revenue.
Previous funding awarded
I consider my business to be
Are you legally able to operate a business in the United States?

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

INCUBATOR STARTUP ONLY

Incubator Startup Qualification

A five-page (maximum) executive summary is required as part of the application. Upload below.

One file only.
50 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.

ALUMNI ONLY VIDEO SUBMISSION

Upload your video to YouTube. Please include a URL for your pitch video uploaded to YouTube. Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds in length. Please ensure that the link is NOT set to private so that the video can be viewed by our judges (Tip: If you want to keep your video hidden, mark it as "unlisted" NOT "private." An "unlisted" video will over be able to be found by those whom you have shared a link with).

PLEASE NOTE
Following the application deadline of March 28, you will be contacted via email with scheduling options for your pitch

Prizes over a set amount ($2,000 for faculty, staff, graduate students, and incubator startups | $1,000 for undergraduate students) will not be paid until the individual(s)/team meet with a member of Iowa JPEC leadership or UI Ventures to discuss how the funds will be used.

Significant prizes will be distributed when set milestones are met by the individual(s)/team as agreed upon in this meeting.

Winners and award amounts will be announced at the Iowa Innovation Challenge Awards on Wednesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. at MERGE.

A pitch workshop will be held at the BELL at 322 N Clinton Street on Friday, March 11 from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you are unable to attend one of the workshops please email jan-finlayson@uiowa.edu to receive our training handout.  Drop in coaching hours are available from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on March 11, March 25, and April 1 also at the BELL. No appointment needed.  

To RSVP to the pitch workshop on March 11 contact Jan Finlayson.

EMAIL JAN