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Have a Big Idea? Pitch it Here

MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge

Do you have an idea for a new business you've always dreamed of running? What about a new technology? Maybe something that could improve the lives of many? Do you have an idea that could reduce poverty, improve ecological sustainability, or serve as a solution to any of the many challenges facing society? Is there a passion of yours you have been yearning to pursue, but are unsure as to how?

If so, enter the MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge.

On April 19, 2017, MCLA hosted its first Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge. Nearly 30 students entered the Challenge, competing to win access to $10,000 to further the development and implementation of their big idea.

In addition to $10,000, winning students also receive advising and space to continue development of their proposed idea from local incubator, Lever, Inc., and a funded 10-week internship. 

Participants in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge will be coached through a series of deliverables, including an idea abstract, a pitch deck, a business model canvas, and a business plan before pitching their ideas to a panel of judges.

Along the way, participating students will be invited to attend workshops on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as to mentor meet-ups with experienced investors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of local community organizations. These events will connect students to the people best fit to help them succeed in their pursuits.

If you are interested in participating in the MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge please submit the form on the right side of this page.

*Funding for the MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge is provided by the generosity of Jack and Susy Wadsworth ; management and administration provided by the Feigenbaum MCLA Leads Initiative. 

Contact Zachary Feury with any questions regarding the 2019 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Complete the form below to register for the 2019 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge.