Idea and Innovation Challenge 2024

Do you have an innovative idea that can solve a pressing societal or environmental problem? Are you passionate about solving problems and making a positive impact? Join our Idea and Innovation Challenge for an opportunity to showcase your solution and win exciting cash prizes!

Why Participate?

  • Showcase Your Brilliance: Share your innovative ideas with a community of like-minded thinkers and entrepreneurs.
  • Win Cash Prizes: Compete for significant cash awards to fuel your project’s development. Cash prizes in each track: First place $800, Second place $600, Third place $300, Fourth place $150, and Best Overall Pitch $300.
  • Gain Valuable Feedback: Receive expert guidance and constructive criticism to refine your concept.
  • Network & Collaborate: Connect with potential mentors, partners, and investors.

Explore Our Three Exciting Challenge Tracks:

  1. Technology & Innovation: For cutting-edge, tech-focused solutions that that make a real difference.
  2. Social Impact: For groundbreaking ideas that aim to create a positive difference in our communities.
  3. SPARK: For climate change solutions or community education programs addressing one of the following:
    • Reducing energy consumption and boosting renewable energy
    • Promoting sustainable transportation
    • Recycling and waste reduction
    • Conserving water resources
    • Supporting local, sustainable agriculture
    • Protecting and maintaining green spaces

How to Enter:

  1. Download the application form. Note that the application form will be available on September 3, 2024.
  2. Submission deadline: Complete and submit the form by October 10th, 2024, at 1:00 PM.

Finale Event:

Join us for the Idea and Innovation Challenge Finale on November 14th, 2024, from 7-9 PM at the Commons Skylight Room. Come to witness the final pitches, network with fellow innovators, and celebrate with the UMBC community as we honor the winners.