The Iowa Innovation Challenge will help bring over $225,000 in total funding to be awarded during the 2019-2020 academic year across the University of Iowa's campus. The Challenge is a university-wide competition with the goal to identify, advance and support the most innovative and entrepreneurial projects on campus.
This competition is offered in partnership between the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Iowa’s Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa Research Foundation, and UI Ventures.
We are currently accepting application for the first phase of the competition that will be held this fall and will award $75,000 in prizes. The second phase will be a Business Model Competition held in spring 2020 and will award $150,000 in additional prizes.
Pitch workshops will also be held prior to both competitions to help individuals/teams prepare.
THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL UI
- Graduate students
- Undergraduate students
- Incubator startups
FALL COMPETITION DETAILS
Phase 1 (*Current) Elevator Pitch Competition
- FALL 2019
- $75,000 in prizes
- Now accepting applications
- Deadline to apply: Nov. 6
- Competition held Nov. 18-20
- A limited number of applicants will be accepted