Held in the spring, the Innovation Challenge is the Berthiaume Center’s premier pitch event in which entrepreneurial students compete for the chance to win up to $65,000 in equity-free funding to kickstart their business idea.
What Is It?
During the Innovation Challenge, startups work closely with the Berthiaume Center team to create a polished pitch deck, present their startup plan to a panel of esteemed judges, and compete for a coveted spot in the Innovation Challenge Final Startups pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience.
Who Can Participate?
The Innovation Challenge is open to UMass students and graduates of the last decade (GOLD alumni).
Previous winners from the Innovation Challenge include undergraduate first-year engineering students to Ph.D. food scientists at UMass Amherst. The founders also range from game designers to mental health startups from all across campus.