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)wpi.edu.
Application and Deadlines
- Intent to Compete Form due no later than Monday, March 24, 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 due no later than Monday, March 24, 2014
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)
Email the SOSI form to Gina Betti - cei(at)wpi.edu (with SOSI in teh subject please) or bring to Washburn Shops building, Room 215. Note: If team members are added or dropped once the form is submitted, a new SOSI form is required.
ITC and SOSI forms are reviewed by Gina Betti. All information is held confidential.
- Written Proposal or Video Presentation Deck
Due no later than: Monday, April 21, 2014
Submit either a written proposal or a digital presentation, or both.
To submit a written proposal, see Guidelines for Final Proposal for formatting and other guidelines.
New in 2014, there are no live presentations before judges. We ask applicants to use Screencast-O-Matic or Camtasia to make a digital presentation no longer than 12 minutes. (WPI has Camtasia and Screencast-O-Matic offers a free trial. The advantage of Screencast-O-Matic is that it automatically uploads to YouTube. We recommend that you keep your YouTube videos private, accessible to judges, teammates and advisers only.) If you have prototypes, do your best to either create a video demonstration or use screenshots in the case of a web site or app, or photograph the prototype model.
Email your written proposal or digital link to: cei(at)wpi.edu with "Strage Innovation Awards Proposal" as the email subject.
Helpful Resources and Advice
Read the Judging Criteria and build your presentation or written document around this. It is particularly useful to refer to the Business Model Canvas to address powerful 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.