Foundation / Corporation
University of Iowa, Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship
Opportunity for USA high school students to participate in a competition and receive funds to start or expand a business or to develop a product. The program is intended to encourage and support entrepreneurial thinking in high school students. Applicants compete to win financial support and feedback from successful entrepreneurs.
Students don't need a background or course work in business to compete. They just need motivation, passion and a good idea. Competitors also need the support and assistance of a teacher or adult. Winners are awarded a combined total of $3,000 in seed capital to take their idea, product, or business to the next level.
GrantWatch ID#: 163663
1st Place - $1,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500
The competition is for any high school student in grades 9-12 to take their idea, product, or business to the next level.
Competitions are held in the fall and spring.
Deadlines and dates for the next Innovator Competition:
-Application deadline: Apr. 25, 2019
-Finalists notified they are moving on to the next round: early May 2019
-Innovator Competition: Week of May 13-17, 2019
If you're selected as a finalist:
-Give a 3-minute Elevator Pitch via Zoom video conferencing to a panel of entrepreneur judges
-Pitch is followed by 4 minutes of Q&A with the judges
-No travel required. You'll pitch from school during the school day (which is why you need adult support).
-During an academic year, students who receive first, second or third place in the fall cannot compete again in the spring.
-If students receive an honorable mention award in the fall, they are eligible to compete again in the spring.
-The competition starts over each school year, meaning that all students are eligible to compete regardless of whether they previously received a prize.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Click here to apply online: https://jacobsoninstitute.org/innovator-competition-application
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Iowa City, IA 52242
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