What is the Innovation Challenge All About? – Want to Win $10,000?
Students/Faculty/Staff/Alumni! You can create or join a team to compete and win up to $10,000 and a co-working space for your business idea. Finalists in the competition receive mentoring and have access to the Innovation Challenge team and resources throughout the spring 2019 semester allowing them to evolve their businesses and prepare for a final competitive pitch in April.
Sound like something you might be interested in? Whether you run a business already, have thought of an idea in the past that you'd like to develop, or are starting from scratch with just an idea, come and participate!
If you have an idea for an innovation business that is desirable, feasible and viable, you can compete for four prizes of $10K, $5K, and two for $1K. You can attend several informational sessions. The top ten finalists will have exclusive access to seasoned CEOs, owners and alumni. The top three teams will be given co-working space in the Innovation Center in the Anderson College of Business from May - August of 2019.
Read how the Regis community is "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 22, 2018. It began in fall 2018 and will culminate in spring 2019. For calendar of events see website at regisinnovationchallenge.com.
Q: Why is the Innovation Center doing this?
A: This is one of many ways that the Anderson College of Business embraces its vision of stewardship. We want the Regis community to succeed—students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Q: How many are signing up to compete in the Innovation Challenge?
A: It's up to you. As of the Oct. 22 launch, teams are still in the process of networking and signing up. (Note that each team must include at least one Regis 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 9, 2018. Finalists to compete in the spring will be determined at the semifinals on December 10-12. You should declare before those deadlines in order to be part of the challenge and to get scheduled to pitch. These should consist of four-minute pitches (slide deck presentations encouraged). See regisinnovationchallenge.com for judging criteria outline.
Q: What happens at the Open House/Check Ins on November 12 and November 26, 2018?
A: You can get answers to any questions you have about the Innovation Challenge, discuss your idea, and receive feedback. Fill out the Regis StartupTree online and join a team or find one at regis.startuptree.co.
Q: What if I can't attend the Open House/Check Ins?
A: Contact our Student Co-Directors, Bailey Gent and Zach Pearson 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 taking headshots at the November 12 and November 26, 2018 open houses, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Other times and purposes by appointment.
Q: Where can I find the Challenge calendar and other information?
A: Visit the website at regisinnovationchallenge.com.
Q: When does the Challenge end?
A: The 2018-19 Innovation Challenge culminates in the finals competition following the 3rd Annual Alumni Matrix Meetup on April 12, 2019. Details and RSVP link to be announced.
Q: How often is the Innovation Challenge held?
A: A new Innovation Challenge competition kicks off every fall semester, at which time we accept applications for the next Student Director position(s).
Zach Pearson, Student Co-Director, The Regis Innovation Challenge
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and by appointment
Bailey Gent, Student Co-Director, The Regis Innovation Challenge
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ken Sagendorf, Director of the Innovation Center
Anderson College of Business
Clarke Hall Room 358