Key Dates & Deadlines

2014/15 Key Events

October 1, 2014 
UMass IC Idea 2 Innovation Workshop: Get Started On Your New Venture - Expert Advice and Round Table Discussions
Integrative Learning Center, Room S311, UMass Amherst; 5:00 pm

Interactive round table discussions, we’ll talk with you- not at you!   Hear about the UMass Innovation Challenge, learn about valuable campus resources for innovators, enjoy refreshments and network with your peers.  Seek advice from entrepreneurs and experts in new venture development from the private sector.  Not sure where to start?  The answer is at this workshop!   Bring your ideas, questions, and perhaps a few entrepreneurial friends.

October 30, 2014 
UMass IC Fall MinutePitch 
Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst Student Union; 5:00 pm

Have an idea that could be the start of a great business?  Pitch it to a panel of judges for constructive feedback and possible cash prizes to support your efforts. Thinking of entering the $10K UMass Innovation Challenge event this December?  If so, this is great way to test the waters!  Audience votes for their favorite so if you are not presenting, come watch the fun!  

December 2, 2014 
UMass IC Executive Summary and Elevator Pitch Competition
Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst Student Union; 5:00 pm

Student teams pitch their business ideas and compete for a portion of the $10,000 in prize money to be awarded that evening by the judging panel.  See submission deadline below to compete.  Not ready just yet to compete?  Join us in the audience.

February 17 until March 13, 2015
UMass IC Spring VIRTUAL MinutePitch Entry Period

Each pitch will only be 60 seconds. Entrants need only submit a short online entry form and video for consideration. The judging panel will narrow down the submissions and then we will conduct online voting for the best pitch video from the finalists to determine the Audience Choice Winner.  The prize recipients selected by the judging panel and audience will be announced April 7. 

March 3, 2015
UMass IC Semi-Final Round (formerly the Mini-Plan Round)
Kellogg Room, ELAB II Building, UMass Amherst; By Invitation Only

Selected teams present their business concepts to a panel of judges behind closed-doors and compete for a slot in the final competition.

March 31, 2015
UMass IC Finalist Presentations & Awards Dinner
Amherst Room, 10th Floor of UMass Amherst Campus Center; 5:00 pm

Hear the final teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges who will award $50,000+ in prizes.

 

Fall 2014 Submission Deadlines  

October 16, 2014 - Last day to submit an Intent to Compete for the Fall MinutePitch Competition; due by 11:59 PM

October 20, 2014 - Announcement of teams selected for the Fall MinutePitch Competition

November 7, 2014 - Last day to submit an Intent to Compete for the Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition; due by 11:59 PM

November 12, 2014 - Announcement of teams selected for the Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition

November 25, 2014 - Last day for selected teams to submit Executive Summary for judge’s review; due by noon

 

Spring 2015 Submission Deadlines

February 10, 2015 - Last day to submit an Intent to Compete for the Semi-Final Round; due by 11:59 PM

February 12, 2015- Announcement of teams participating in the closed-door Semi-Final Round

Open Dates to Submit Spring MinutePitch Entries:  February 17 until March 13, 2015 11:59PM

February 26, 2015 - Last day for selected teams to deliver submissions for the closed-door Semi-Final Round; due by 11:59 PM

Spring Virtual MinutePitch Audience Voting:  March 30 April 3, 2015

March 5, 2015- Announcement of top teams for Final Competition (coming out of Semi-Final Round)

March 26, 2015 - Plans and Video Pitches submitted to judges by the selected finalists prior to Final Competition and awards event; due by 12:00 Noon

April 7, 2015 – Announcement of Spring Virtual MinutePitch winning teams

 

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