Innovation Challenge

Apr 11, 2022

08:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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The Innovation Challenge will bring $250,000 in total funding during the 2021-22 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.

There are two phases to the Challenge:

The first phase, an Elevator Pitch Competition, will be held November 15 and 16, 2021. Applications are due October 28, 2021. The second phase, a Business Model Competition, will be held April 11 - 12, 2022.  Applications will be open for this phase at the beginning of the 2022 Spring Semester, with a deadline to enter March 24, 2022.

Coaching will be available for both competitions to help individuals/teams prepare. Please contact Jan Finlayson for more information.

This competition is open to all University of Iowa: faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, incubator startups, and UI Program or Academic Alumni (for the Business Model Competition portion ONLY of the Challenge - Spring 2022).

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at

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