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BEAR Innovation Competition

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Your big idea can win you up to $3,500. Let’s Innovate!

What is the BEAR Innovation Competition?

The “Be Entrepreneurial and ROAR” (BEAR) Innovation Competition is a “big idea” competition for students from any major or in any year of study at Ursinus.  The competition is structured so that entering teams meet a series of interim deadlines culminating with a written overview of their project and an oral presentation to a panel of judges on Sunday, April 8, 2018.  Winning teams receive cash prizes and the opportunity to apply for acceptance to Avenue V, a summer program that will support continued venture development.

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?

Big prizes! In fact, this is what makes The BEAR Innovation Competition unique among other liberal arts colleges offering the same experience.  Through the generosity of our donor, Board Member Will Abele, the top three teams win $3,500, $2,500, and $1,500.  There is also a $2,000 “Ready, Set, Go” special recognition prize, awarded for a proposal that demonstrates tangible evidence of need through execution.

What are the rules?

Read the complete set of eligibility rules from last year’s competition is available here.