The HUWIB Innovation Competition promotes the innovative vision of college students around the world. We focus on empowering collegiate women--all teams must be 50% female--and providing mentorship, funding, and peer connection to launch the next great idea. The competition occurs as part of HUWIB’s Intercollegiate Business Convention (IBC), the largest undergraduate conference in the world. Competition finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of qualified judges, who use their expertise to select the most promising candidates. Winners not only receive a monetary prize but also a network of mentors to help develop their ideas beyond the competition. Applications for the competition will be released May 2014 and accepted until September. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Experienced social entrepreneurs, including Harvard Business School students, will provide web-based and in-person mentorship (depending on location) to finalists. Winner and runner-up will receive guidance through start-up and execution stages of their social ventures.
Up to six teams of finalists will have the opportunity to interact with a number of successful social entrepreneurs at a special IBC Innovation breakout session. The session will include a number of workstations where participants can interact with, and learn from, entrepreneurs in key areas that that will benefit their businesses. The sessions may include; “financing your start-up,” “measuring your social impact,” and “balancing school & a new business.” Competition participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their products and ideas to IBC guests and attendees at “The Innovation Fair” at IBC.
Applications will be released in May 2014 and accepted until September 1st, 2014. Teams must be comprised of 50% female and meet the requirements detailed below. Three semifinalists will be selected to pitch their ideas at the Innovation Competition at IBC, where a panel of judges will select the final winners.
The first place winner of the 2014 Innovation Competition will receive a monetary award to implement her business plan, as well as the opportunity to be recognized for her idea in front of all the 1000 participants and guests of the IBC 2014 at the closing ceremonies. The runner up will also receive an award an recognition at the closing ceremonies. The winner and finalists will receive exposure to and opportunity to network with corporate leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, students, and more at IBC and through HUWIB outlets.