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Opportunity for USA High School Students to Participate in a Competition
for Innovative Product or Business Development Proposals

Innovator Competition - Pitch It to Win It

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University of Iowa, Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship

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Opportunity for USA high school students to participate in a competition for innovative product or business development ideas. Winners will receive up to $1,500 in funds to start or expand a business or to develop a product. Funding is intended to encourage and support entrepreneurial thinking in high school students.

To encourage the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, the Jacobson Institute sponsors the Innovator Competition each fall and spring. This investment in the future of entrepreneurship provides high school innovators with financial support and feedback from successful entrepreneurs.

Students don't need a background or course work in business to compete. They just need motivation, passion and a good idea. Competitors also need the support and assistance of a teacher or adult. 

Winners are awarded seed capital to take their idea, product, or business to the next level. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 163663

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Number of Grants:

Three Awards will be given, one each to first-, second-, and third-place competition winners.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Winners are awarded a combined total of $3,000 as follows:

- 1st Place: $1,500
- 2nd Place: $1,000
- 3rd Place: $500

Term of Contract:

The competition starts over each school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The competition is for any high school student in grades 9-12.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

Deadlines and dates for the next Innovator Competition:
- Application deadline: November 19, 2021
- Finalists notified they are moving on to the next round: Week of November 29, 2021
- Innovator Competition: Week of December 13, 2021

Selected Finalists:
- Finalists will give a three-minute Elevator Pitch via Zoom video conferencing to a panel of entrepreneur judges
- Pitches will be followed by four minutes of Q&A with the judges
- No travel required. Pitches will be given from school during the school day (which is why adult support is needed)

Students may compete more than once, within the following guidelines:
- During an academic year, students who receive first, second or third place in the fall cannot compete again in the spring.
- If students receive an honorable mention award in the fall, they are eligible to compete again in the spring.
- The competition starts over each school year, meaning that all students are eligible to compete regardless of whether they previously received a prize.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Jacobson Institute
758 Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52242


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