i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact

The Competition

i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact is all about translating research into value and real-world impact. It encourages graduate students to consider how the ideas and innovations they are developing through research could become the foundation of new products, new commercially valuable processes, and even new companies.

The competition recognizes MS and PhD candidates who can think like entrepreneurs and communicate effectively about their research and its value. Competitors must be able to 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, Engineering, and the School of Business. At the finale, set for 3:30 pm on April 13, 2015, a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business executives 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. For each presentation made at the finals on April 13, judges will evaluate the quality and perceived value of the idea being presented, as well as the effectiveness and persuasiveness of the pitch, itself. They will award two cash prizes, one for Best Concept and one for Best Presentation. All finalists are eligible for People's Choice Awards.

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