Ever have a great idea or wanted to start a business but don’t know where to begin? Entering the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge is the answer. Our participants gain access to mentorship from industry professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs eager to support students throughout the entire design process. Winners receive CASH awards to further cultivate their ideas. Join our circle of talented young entrepreneurs and let’s keep powering Silicon Valley with our ideas!

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The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Finalist Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 9 AM to 6 PM in the Student Union Ballroom. Subscribe to our social media feed to receive automatic updates.

Award Categories

1.Best Overall Innovation
($1,500 cash prize for 1st place, $1,000 for 2nd, and $500 for 3rd place)

2.Best Social Innovation ($1,000 cash prize)

3.Best Global Innovation ($1,000 cash prize)

4.Best Education Innovation ($1,000 cash prize)

5.Best Elevator Pitch ($500 cash prize)

6.People’s Choice Award ($500 cash prize)

Key Dates

  • Submission opens October 24
  • Submission closes November 7
  • Online judging November 9-18
  • Finalists notified November 20
  • SVIC Finalist Showcase November 29

Event Details

7:00  Finalist setup and registration
8:00  Judges registration I
8:30  Judges orientation I
9:00  President’s welcome address
9:30  Morning judging session
11:30  Judges registration II
Noon  Networking lunch
1:00  Judges orientation II
1:00  Social medial break
1:30  Afternoon judging session
4:00  Elevator pitch competition
5:30   Award ceremony
6:00   Closing remarks

Hosted by the SJSU IDEAS Club, IDEAthon is the perfect venue to share your ideas, receive early feedback and mentorship, and network with fellow students interested in forming multidisciplinary teams for SVIC. IDEAthon is on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Visit the IDEAS Club website for information about this event or simply stop by the IDEA Lab (Student Union East) to speak to a member.


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