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Innovation Challenge Weekend 2019

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Fairfield CT

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IF YOU ARE CREATIVE AND HAVE A KNACK FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS, WE HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU:

Companies large and small have portfolios of patents products for which …

  • An avenue to commercialization has not been envisioned, o

  • Nnew commercial uses are needed for the company to continue to grow; or

  • Ceative concepts are needed to enter new geographic or demographic markets.

In this Innovation Challenge, we invite you—with advice from industry experts and faculty—to conceptualize applications and marketing plans for underperforming IP. (Sometimes a group of innovators—attacking the issue from oblique angles—can discover novel solutions.)

Rewards. $2000 in prize money will be distributed among the teams with winning solutions. Trophy for school for best overall solution presentation.

Video of previous Commercialization Challenge: https://youtu.be/NqnrkLRf5zoi

Invited Student

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accountants and Finance Majors

  • Graphic and Web designers

  • Developers, Product Designers

  • Engineers (ME, EE, Bio, Computer, Software)

Companies Offering Challenges (Tentative)

Unilever (Fortune 500 company. Dove, Breyers, Lipton, Lux, Vaseline, et al)
Checkmate Digital (a high-tech software and app development company)
Trifecta Ecosystems (aquaponics company improving access to organic foods)
Bigelow Tea

Register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-challenge-weekend-2018-tickets-49671217950

Schedule
September 16 – Challenged emailed to professors and interested students.
(To receive alerts, send email to Roer@EntrepreneurshipFoundation.org)
October 4 (on or about) – Company reps available to answer questions via conference call
October 18 -- Friday (5:30a–9:30p) Dinner provided. Select a challenge and team—if you have not already done so. Discuss alternative approaches to solving challenges. Select a solution and test technical and market assumptions.
October 19 – Saturday (9:00a–4:00p) Breakfast and lunch provided. Confirm assumptions, conduct competitive and market research, prepare solution PowerPoint. Pitch your recommended solution 2:00 – 4:00 pm to panel of company rep.

Intellectual Property Rights. By participating, attendees acknowledge that challenge sponsors earn the rights to all intellectual property and recommended solutions in consideration of prize money. Companies may award multiple prizes and may, at their discretion, sponsor additional R&D on mutually agreeable terms.

Website www.entrepreneurshipfoundation.org/challenge.html

Directions to University of Bridgeport, Arnold Bernhard Center, 9th Floor, 84 Iranistan Ave, at University Ave. Building #11 on map: https://www.bridgeport.edu/about/campus-map-directions

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