General Overview

2014 Winner

First prize goes to Arman Uygur for his project "Modular Solar Panel Assembly". Congratulations! There was no second or third place prize this year.


WPI full-time undergraduate students (as defined by the WPI Registrar at the time of submission) may submit their original commercial, philanthropic, or social venture ideas. Applicants are welcomed to work in advance with faculty members, the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation staff, outside consultants, lawyers, accountants or other relevant parties, but the team must be comprised of full-time WPI undergraduate students only. If you have questions about this, please ask Gina Betti at cei(at)

Application and Deadlines

- Intent to Compete Form submitted by Friday, March  20, 2014

The Intent to Compete form provides contact information and a brief description of the idea. Please fill in the Intent to Compete Online Form.

- The Statement of Originality and Source of Idea  form - please bring the signed form to the presentation on  Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One Statement of Originality and Source of Idea form must be downloaded and signed by all team members. It identifies when, where, and how or why the idea originated, to the best of the inventor(s) knowledge. It also fosters honesty and ethical respect for the original inventor(s) of the idea.

Download and sign one Statement of Originality and Source of Idea (29KB.pdf)

Bring the SOSI form to the competition.

ITC and SOSI forms are reviewed by Gina Betti. Information is shared with judges only.

- Proposal Due by Monday,  April 6, 2015

See Guidelines for Final Proposal for formatting and other guidelines. You may send a written proposal or a presentation slide deck with notes included or an accompanying written presentations.

Email either to: cei(at) with "Strage Proposal" as the email subject. Each team will have ten minutes to present their ideas to judges on Tuesday morning, April 14, 2015. Please feel free to bring prototypes or beta versions of applications or web sites.

Helpful Resources and Advice

Read the Judging Criteria and build your proposal and presentation around this. It is particularly useful to refer to the Business Model Canvas to address components of this criteria. *That web site works in Google Chrome, not IE.


Up to $5000 USD in prizes will be awarded as decided by the judges.

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Gina Betti
Associate Director, CEI