The U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies

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BEAR Innovation Competition

Make your big ideas become a reality. Put your entrepreneurial skills to the test for an opportunity to win big!

What is the BEAR Innovation Competition?

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. We are looking for the best entrepreneurial ideas that meet a market or social need. Ideas could be a product or service, a public health initiative, an awareness campaign, an artistic creative venture, and more! 

  • Registration open until March, 8th
  • Click here to register today!

Who can compete?

The BEAR Innovation competition is open to ALL students in ALL majors at ANY level.  This competition encourages independent and creative thinkers to develop an entrepreneurial idea that satisfies a particular social, environmental, artistic, technological, scientific and/or market need and may describe either a for-profit or not-for-profit enterprise

When does it take place?

The BEAR Innovation Competition launches in February and culminates in April.  During the fall semester, students and faculty can participate in workshops, attend talks through the INSPIRE Speaker Series, and take advantage of web-based resources on entrepreneurship. During the spring semester, teams of students submit their entrepreneurial ideas and supporting documentation, work with a pool of mentors, present their projects to a panel of outside judges, and compete for awards.

Are there prizes?

The U-Imagine Center is offering $10,000 in total cash prizes: $3,500 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $1,500 for third place. There will also be a $2,000 “Ready, Set, Go!” prize for the group with the perfect pitch! Presentations will be to a panel of judges that are entrepreneurs of their own!

What are the rules?

Read the complete set of eligibility rules, available here.