i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact

The Competition

This campuswide competition encourages graduate students to not only think like entrepreneurs, but to hone the presentation skills entrepreneurs need to convince others to invest in their ideas. Competitors consider how their ideas and innovations could become the foundation of new products, new commercially valuable processes, and even new companies, and then distill their vision into a three-minute pitch that they can make without the aid of visuals.

The competition begins at the department or program level, with winners advancing to elimination rounds organized by the deans of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. At the finale, set for 3:30 pm on April 13, 2015 (following the finals of the Graduate Innovation Exchange) a panel of distinguished judges will evaluate the quality and perceived value of the finalists' ideas and the effectiveness and persuasiveness of their pitches.

The Prizes

Winners of the department/program and academic division competitions will receive commemorative certificates. At the finals on April 13, judges will award two cash prizes: one for Best Concept and one for Best Presentation. All finalists are eligible for People's Choice Awards.

How to Enter

All WPI master’s and PhD degree candidates engaged in research are eligible to enter. Students must enter the first-round competition held by their respective department or program. Talk to your department/program head or advisor to find out how to enter.

Dates/Deadlines

Students must enter the first-round competition held by their respective department or program. Talk to your department/program head or advisor to find out how to enter.

Guidelines and Eligibility

All WPI master’s and PhD degree candidates engaged in research are eligible to enter. Students must enter the first-round competition held by their respective department or program. Talk to your department/program head or advisor to find out how to enter.

 
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Schedule:

Department/Program and Division Competitions

Held prior to April 13, 2015 (check with your department/program for details)

Presentation Finals

April 13, 2015, Rubin Campus Center

  •  3-4:30 pm: Presentations
    4:30 pm: Awards and Reception