Key Dates & Deadlines

2015/16 Key Events

September 28, 2015
Valley Venture Mentors/ Innovation Challenge Info Night - Marriott Room, 5pm
Attend the first ever VVM in Amherst, hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. Come hear the pitches of local entrepreneurs and get information about the Innovation Challenge and how you can jump in.

October 1, 2015
Innovation Challenge Info Night and Participation Workshop - Integrative Learning Center s311, 7pm
Hear about the UMass Innovation Challenge, learn about valuable campus resources for innovators, enjoy refreshments and network with your peers.  Not sure where to start or what is needed to partake in the Innovation Challenge?  The answer is at this workshop!   Bring your ideas, questions, and perhaps a few entrepreneurial friends.

October 28, 2015
UMass Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition - Amherst Room, Campus Center 5pm
Have an idea that could be the start of a great business?  Be ready to not only pitch to our audience, but also have your elevator pitch ready for judges in actual elevator rides. You will have one minute to pitch to the audience and have the timing to pitch to judges during the time it takes for the elevators to go down and up in the campus center. The winning team will receive up to $2500. If you are not in the competition, please come watch the fun!

December 2, 2015
Innovation Challenge Executive Summary and Money Needs Pitch - TBD
Selected teams present their business concepts to a panel of judges behind closed-doors. In this pitch, teams must convince the judges why they need money to move forward with their venture. Teams will also get valuable feedback from the judges. The money awarded to each team will vary and will be dependent on progress of venture.

March 2, 2016
Innovation Challenge Semi-Final Round - TBD
Selected teams present their business concepts to a panel of judges behind closed-doors and compete for a slot in the final competition.

April 7, 2016
Innovation Challenge Finally - TBD
Hear the final teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges who will award $50,000+ in prizes.

 

Fall 2015 Submission Deadlines

October 16, 2015 - Last day to submit an Intent to Compete for the Fall Pitch Competition; due by 11:59 PM
October 20, 2015 - Announcement of teams selected for the Fall Pitch Competition
November 13, 2015 - Last day to submit an Intent to Compete for the Executive Summary & Money Needs Pitch; due by 11:59 PM
November 17, 2015 - Announcement of teams selected for the Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition
November 23, 2015 - Last day for selected teams to submit Executive Summary for judge’s review; due by noon
 

Spring 2016 Submission Deadlines

February 15, 2016 - Last day to submit an Intent to Compete for the Semi-Final Round; due by 11:59 PM
February 19, 2016- Announcement of teams participating in the closed-door Semi-Final Round
February 24, 2016 - Last day for selected teams to deliver submissions for the closed-door Semi-Final Round; due by 11:59 PM
March 4, 2016 - Announcement of top teams for Final Competition (coming out of Semi-Final Round)
March 31, 2016 - Plans and Video Pitches submitted to judges by the selected finalists prior to Final Competition and awards event; due by 12:00 Noon