Ideas Challenge

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Location: Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

5 pm: register to PITCH an idea/5:30 pm pitches begin!

Our challenge is simple. Bring an idea to share.  Here’s the scoop:


•    Come prepared with a 60-second “pitch” to explain your new business venture – whether an amazing new scientific or engineering technology, service, or product that will impact lives – all ideas are welcome!
•    No registration is necessary – those pitching will sign in upon arrival.
•    One pitch per student will be allowed.
•    No PowerPoint slides are allowed – this “elevator pitch” simulates a chance encounter with an investor on an elevator – 60 seconds to “pitch” your idea to a potential investor!
•    Ideas must be new and unique this year – not something already “pitched” last year.
•    Open to all current ND students – graduate and undergraduate students are welcome!


Don’t have an idea?  Come simply to listen.  The best ideas will be determined by audience vote!
Win serious cash and prizes!


$2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded by audience vote for the best ideas: 
•    Apple Watch for the best idea
•    Amazon Echo Speaker for 2nd Prize
•    Fuiji Insta Max Cameras
•    $100 cash prizes for the 10 most promising online media ideas
•    $100 cash prizes for the 3 most innovative solutions for adapting to climate change
•    $50 prizes for best social and healthcare ideas
•    Win $$ gift cards for Chipotle, Starbucks, Jimmy John's and much more.