November 15 - 16, 2021
open to all UI Faculty/Staff/Students/Incubator Startups

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October 28, 2021

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The Innovation Challenge will help bring over $225,000 in total funding to be awarded during the 2020-21 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.

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 2022 and will award $150,000 in additional prizes.

Pitch workshops will be held prior to both competitions to help individuals/teams prepare.

This competition is open to all University of Iowa...

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Graduate students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Incubator startups
    • 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.

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