How It Works

 
Innovator Round 1, October 11, 2021 through February 22, 2021
  • Submit an application.
  • Submit your 1-2-page executive summary.
  • Submit short answers to questions.
Innovator Round 2, February 11, 2021
  • 64 teams selected.
  • Each team submits a 90-second video pitch.
  • Judging is based on video pitch, application, executive summary and short answers.
Innovator Round 3, March 1, 2022
  • 42 semi-finalist teams selected and invited to campus.
  • Each team submits a 5-page business plan by March 24, 2022.
  • Teams are assigned times. Each team gets 5 minutes with judges for Q&A.
  • Judging is based on business plan, Q&A, video pitch, application, executive summary and short answers.
Investor Challenge, March 1-24, 2022
  • Each of the 42 teams is given a bracket with all 42 competing semi-finalist ventures.
  • Watch the 90-second pitches, and read the executive summaries and short answers.
  • Select the ventures you think will move on in each round, including the Grand Prize winner.
  • Receive points for each round in which your chosen team(s) moves on.
  • The team with the most points at the end of the competition wins $2,500.
Innovator Round 4, April 1, 2022
  • 42 semi-finalist teams pitch on campus.
  • Teams get 10 minutes to pitch and 10 minutes of Q&A with judges.
  • Judging is based on live pitches, Q&A, business plan, application, executive summary and short answers.
  • The top team from each of the 6 flights moves on to the final round on April 2, 2022.
 Lightning Round, April 1, 2022
  • The second place team from each flight that pitched earlier in the day will have the opportunity to pitch again to a different set of judges.
  • Teams get 10 minutes to pitch and 10 minutes of Q&A with judges.
  • Judging is based on live pitches, Q&A and business plans.
  • The top 2 teams from the Lightning Round will move on to the final round on April 2, 2022.
Innovator Round 5, April 2, 2022
  • 8 finalist teams pitch to finalist judges.
  • Teams get 10 minutes to pitch and 10 minutes of Q&A with judges.
  • Judging is based on live pitches, Q&A and business plans.
Winners Announced, April 2, 2022