PITCH COMPETITION TO SOLVE COMMUNITY NEEDS

Annual Innovation Competition will take place March 31, 2022 at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Challenge prompt: Present a problem found in the community and your solution. 

The competition aims to engage through discovery and innovation for the benefit of our communities. We encourage students and faculty to develop interdisciplinary student groups from a range of disciplines for this competition. Together, we can foster creativity and remarkable innovation at Augusta University and offer incredible real-world solutions. A judging panel to choose the winners from the final pitch competition will review the concept summaries and fill out an award criteria evaluation rubric. Evaluation of the submitted entries will be completed by close of presentation event.

AWARD PRIZES. GRAND PRIZE OF $5,000!*

First Place: $5,000*

Second Place: $3,500* 

Third Place: $2,500*

Honorable Mention: $500

Faculty/Professional Staff Mentor for Winning Teams are awarded additional pay of $1,000 

*Award funds are be distributed through scholarship funds in student financial aid accounts.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the rules?

  • Innovate: 2022 is open to all Augusta University students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, and professional).
  • Student teams are encouraged to reach out to students in different schools within the university to form interdisciplinary teams. 
  • Student teams must have ask an Augusta University faculty or Professional staff to be a team mentor.
  • Mentors are allowed to guide multiple student teams.

What criteria are the pitches judged by?

  • Creativity: The overall quality of proposal is high and the idea itself is like no other. 
  • Viability: A potentially effective solution to address the problem.
  • Sustainability: The concept has the potential for growth and impact.
  • Presentation: Propose a compelling and persuasive concept that convinces audience this is an idea worth implementing. 

Does it have to be an object?

  • No, your pitch can be a product, service, or a plan. 

How can I learn more about Innovation?

  • Join us at any of our guest speaking events listed below. We have invited guest entrepreneurs, leaders, and design thinkers to share their experience and stories. 

What if I don't have a team?

  • That's ok! Register online and we can help you find a team. Better yet, come to our speaking events and meet other students who are searching for teams too! 

“I found the skills we learn are applicable across many other areas. It was amazing to see how the same problems could be solved many different ways with innovative ideas.”

-Aaron Cummings, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Student 2022

 

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INNOVATE EVENTS

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Join us to help the community and solve problems together.

All sessions are open to all Augusta University faculty, students, and staff. 

 

COMPETITION LEADERSHIP

 

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Scott Thorp, MFA

  • Associate Vice President, Research

(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

(706) 721-1413