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Innovation Challenge

Develop idea, build team, write business plan, research markets, and pitch ideaInnovation Challenge

Do you have an idea for a product, service, or application that could become a hot new business? The Innovation Challenge might be your ticket to help turn that idea into a reality.

Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from across the university to use innovation and entrepreneurship to make a difference in local and global communities. 

The winning team receives support for their business, including $10,000 in seed funding, and space, marketing, legal and accounting services totaling up to $40,000.

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

Thursday, Sept. 15, 12-1 p.m., ECS-312: Information Session

Thursday, Sept. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Downtown Long Beach: Molina Entreprenuer Series

Monday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., ECS-312: Business Plan Workshop (RSVP to attend)

Monday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m., Design Gallery, DESN: Business Plan Workshop (RSVP to attend)

November: Matchmaking and Informational Meetings

Tuesdays at 7 p.m.: Business Plan Coaching

Dec. 2: Letters of Intent Due

February 2017: Business Plans Due

March 2017: First-round Judging

March 2017: Feedback to Participants

April 2017: Award Ceremony

Boxing Movement2015-16 WINNERS

The Boxing Movement, First Place

Anthony Gonzalez, Gina Gionta, and Eric Lara will receive $50,000 in cash  and business-support services to launch their mobile boxing gym, which will  travel to assisted living and recreational centers to teach seniors about the benefits of boxing. Read more

IMPETUUM Team

IMPETUUM, Second Place

Team members Matt Scholten, Andrew Siwabessy, George Syage, Lan Chi Truong, and Geoffrey Parker will receive $5,000 in cash to help them launch their virtual-reality exoskeleton, which promises to deliver a fully immersive experience. Read more

 

1010 Team

1010 Innovation Labs, Finalist

A plan by Calvin Leung, Rudy Delgado, Oscar Dossland, Alec Selfridge, and Dylan Smith to manufacture solar-powered cellphone chargers earned 1010 Innovations Labs one of four finalist slots.

 

 

Earth + Modern Team

Earth + Modern, Finalist

Jayme Fletcher, Jake Crawley, and Chris Terrano were named one of four finalist teams for their idea to launch a retail store to sell sustainable products marketed through social media.

 

 

 

Join the discussion group

Interested in connecting with a team or finding an application developer, marketing whiz, or product design expert to round out your team? Join the Innovation Challenge discussion group to connect with other participants. And like the Innovation Challenge Facebook page to receive the latest updates.