Iowa Innvation Challenge
April 3, 2020
open to all UI Faculty/Staff/Students/Incubator Startups/UI Program or Academic Alumni

April 3, 2020

The Iowa Innovation Challenge will help bring over $250,000 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.

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.
  • UI Program or Academic Alumni
    • We define "UI Program or Academic Alumni" as either having previously been enrolled as a student at UI, or having participated in an Iowa JPEC outreach program. These outreach programs include Venture School alumni, Business Consulting Clients, Small Business Development Center Clients, and businesses who employed a student intern through our Iowa Innovation Associates program.


  • April 3: Application Deadline
  • Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be notified
  • April 13-14: Finalists will pitch to a panel of judges

Learn more about the challenge and how it works here.