How i3 Works
The i3 competition begins at the department or program level, with winners advancing to elimination rounds organized by the deans of Arts and Sciences, Foisie Business School, and Engineering. At the finale, which follows the finals of the Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE), a panel of distinguished judges (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business executives) evaluate the quality and perceived value of the finalists' ideas and the effectiveness and persuasiveness of their pitches.
Winners of the department/program and academic division competitions will receive commemorative certificates. At the finals, judges may award up to two cash prizes for best overall presentation based on a single set of criteria. All i3 finalists are eligible for the People's Choice awards in which attendees are able to vote for their favorite presentation.
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 the next i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact competition.
Learn more about the most recent and past i3 winners on the i3 Awards page.