What is the Innovation Challenge All About? – Want to Win $10,000?
Do you have an idea that might be a business? Do you want the University to support you being an entrepreneur? Do you think you're not an entrepreneur because you don't study business and don't know where to begin (think again!)? Do you want mentoring to help your idea become successful? Do you need startup funding to begin? If you answered YES, then you should participate! The Challenge is open to all students, staff, faculty and alums of Regis University.
If you have an idea for an innovation business that is desirable, feasible and viable, you can compete for $10K, $5K, and $1K in prizes. You can attend several informational sessions. The top ten finalists will have exclusive access to seasoned CEOs, owners and alumni. The top three will be given co-working space in the Innovation Center in the College of Business and Economics, from May-August of 2018.
Read how the Regis community was "Inspired to Innovate".
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will the Innovation Challenge last?
A: The inaugural Launch Party and Info Session was held on October 23, 2017, with over 50 students in attendance. It began in Fall 2017 and will culminate in Spring 2018. For calendar of events, see website below.
Q: Why is the Innovation Center doing this?
A: We want the Regis community to succeed--students, faculty and staff.
Q: How many are signing up to compete in the Innovation Challenge?
A: Fourteen teams started out. Each team must include at least one student.
Q: When do I have to enter my idea into the Challenge?
A: You can declare your interest as a business idea at any time up until December 10, 2017. Finalists to compete in the spring will be determined at the semifinals December 11-13 (nine teams were selected). These should consist of four minute pitches, slide deck presentation encouraged. See www.regisinnovationchallenge.com for judging criteria outline. You should declare you want to be a part of the challenge before those dates so you get scheduled to pitch.
Q: What happens at the Open house/Check Ins on November 6 and November 20, 2017?
A: You can get answers to any questions you have about the Innovation Challenge, discuss your idea, and get some feedback. Fill out the Regis StartupTree and join a team or find one. Join now at https://regis.startuptree.co/
Q: What if I can't attend the Open House/Check Ins?
A: Contact Ethan Lockshin below.
Q: I need a headshot to make my LinkedIn or other social media profiles look more professional. Where can I have one taken?
A: We will have a professional photographer (marketing student, Aaron Han) taking headshots at the November 6 and November 20 open houses, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Other times and purposes by appointment.
Q: Where can I find the Challenge calendar and other information?
A: Visit the website at www.regisinnovationchallenge.com.
Q: When does the Challenge end?
A: The 2017-18 Innovation Challenge culminates in the finals competition following the 2nd Annual Alumni Matrix Meetup on April 20, 2018. For more info and to RSVP click here.
Q: How often is the Innovation Challenge held?
A: A new Innovation Challenge competition will kick off every Fall semester. We are accepting applications for the next Student Director position.
Ethan Lockshin, Student Director, the Regis Innovation Challenge
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
College of Business and Economics
Clarke Hall Room 358
Ken Sagendorf, Director of the Innovation Center