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Annual Idea Competition Applications Open!

Win up to $750! DUE OCTOBER 11TH

September 10, 2018 1:23 PM

Idea Competition Applications are now OPEN

Annual Idea Competition deadline is Oct 11--Win up to $750!!

Do YOU have the next great idea? Itching to create a positive impact on society? Share your ideas with us and you might just be able to do that and win up to $750! We want to help bring your ideas to life, and here’s how you can make this a reality!

The UMBC Idea Competition is designed to challenge you to think about problems and opportunities all around us. As one of the most innovative schools in the nation, UMBC harbors many innovative students that have ideas that can change the world, and we believe students like you are capable of making this happen.

Simply answer a few questions and submit your idea via the entry form to share your idea with us. The top entries will be judged by a panel of professionals and alumni, along with a crowd of students on November 15, 2018, at the final competition in the Sports Zone in the Commons. Video entries via YouTube are allowed as well, but are limited to 60 seconds.

Cash prizes are:

  • 1st prize                  $750

  • 2nd Prize                $500

  • 3rd Prize                 $250

  • Best Pitch               $250

How to Enter

To enter the competition, complete the UMBC Idea Competition Entry Form where you will describe your idea along with a description of the problem or opportunity you wish to apply it to. Submission forms will be limited to one page, so you will need to articulate the problem you have identified and your idea briefly yet effectively. Video entries submitted via YouTube are also allowed in which you can personally pitch your idea. Although they are not required, they are encouraged as an effective way to communicate ideas to the review committee. YouTube videos are limited to 60 seconds and creativity is encouraged. Videos longer than 60 seconds will not be considered by the judges.

For a full list of the rules, visit


OCTOBER 11, 2018 AT 1:00PM

Good luck!

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