$5,000 FIRST PLACE  |  $3,500 SECOND PLACE  |  $2,500 THIRD PLACE

The competition aims to engage through discovery and innovation for the benefit of the educational experience. We encourage students and faculty to develop interdisciplinary student groups for this competition.Together, we can foster creativity and remarkable innovation at Augusta University. The event is public and open to the community. Award funds are to be distributed through scholarship funds in student financial aid accounts.

Competition Date: March 30th, 2023. 



What is it?

From November-March we provide workshops and events leading up to a pitch competition where each team will have 5 minutes to present an idea on how to solve a problem for non-profits. Evaluation of the submitted entries will be completed by close of presentation event.  

What are the rules?

  • Open to all currently enrolled Augusta University students (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, and professional).
  • Students are encouraged to reach out to students in different schools within the university to form interdisciplinary teams (i.e.: medicine, business, medical illustration, art, etc.).
  • Student teams must have an Augusta University advising faculty or professional staff mentor.
  • Advisors can be mentor for multiple student teams.
  • Students are allowed to present prototypes and mockups or pamphlets to judges. Prototyping is not necessary but may be helpful as a visual aid for the judging panel.
  • Any student who violates the Augusta University Code of Conduct during the competition will be provided due processes and result in team elimination from the competition.

It was the best two hours of my academic time spent in many months. It was a great opportunity connect with students, faculty, and business leaders in the community on the importance of creativity and innovation to address community issues.

-Student team member from Innovate 2022 



"The majority of survey respondents saw an increase in demands for service throughout the pandemic. From distributing food to newly jobless people to administering COVID-19 tests, providing childcare services, and filling in gaps in public health. Americans have relied on nonprofit services throughout the pandemic to meet their physical and mental health needs."-501c .com summary from the NFF summary report 






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Scott Thorp, MFA

  • Associate Vice President, Research
  • Department Chair of Art

(706) 729-2422

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Vahé Heboyan, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Health Economics and Modeling

(706) 721-5771

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Lynsey Steinberg, MSMI, CMI

  • Center for Instructional Innovation
  • Board Certified Medical Illustrator
  • Augusta University Alumni

(706) 721-1413