Who Should Apply? Students selected by their institutions with projects that represent a new, innovative concept. These may be, but are not restricted to independent enterprises in the seed capital, start-up, or early growth/pre-profit stages. Applicants who are at least 18 years of age. Students currently attending an institution of higher education in Erie County, PA
Who Shouldn't Apply? Students who have no interest in seeing the project advance beyond the classroom. Student projects that have already won similar competitions for the same idea.
Please contact your institution if you do not wish to represent your institution as a showcase finalist.
What will your idea be judged on? Commercial potential (high-potential, growth-oriented, and/or technology-based businesses will be viewed more favorably). Innovation and/or technical feasibility. Feasibility of a sustainable, competitive advantage. Effectiveness of the team involved in developing the project idea. The newness of the concept or plan. (Ideas that have been pitched in multiple local competitions will be viewed less-favorably).
Lead Applicant Name *
Additional Partners in Team *
Please list the first and last names of any additional individuals considered partners in this venture. Competition pitches can only be made by the applicant or any of the partners listed in this application. If there are no other partners, please list N/A.
Project Name * Website URL (If you have one)
Lead Applicant Email
Lead Applicant Phone What is your idea, product, or service? * How is the idea, product or service unique or innovative? * Who are the idea, product or service's initial customer groups and target markets? * What is the existing unmet need in the market that your idea addresses? * If known, what is the size of the market (either in dollars or units)? * Agree to Terms
My team and sponsoring faculty will attend the Collegiate Innovation Showcase at Erie Insurance. We will arrive no later than 4:15 p.m. on April 11th, 2018. The program will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.
Sponsoring Institution *
Must be at an institution of Higher Education located in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Sponsoring Faculty *
Must be at an institution of Higher Education in Erie County, Pennsylvania. More than one sponsoring faculty member may be listed.
Sponsoring Faculty Phone Number *