About

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 applications 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 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.

How it works

Our Fall Elevator Pitch Competition will take place November 18-20. Please select which category below you fit into best based on your relationship to the University of Iowa to move forward.

Faculty, staff, graduate students, incubator startups

  • Will compete on November 18
  • $50,000 in prizes available this fall
  • Now accepting applications!
  • Deadline to apply: Nov. 6

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Undergrad students

  • Will compete on November 19 or November 20
  • $25,000 in prizes available this fall
  • Now accepting applications!
  • Deadline to apply: Nov. 6

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Next Steps

Applications are due on November 6 for the Elevator Pitch Competition. Don't forget to join us at our pitch workshops to help prepare!

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