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March IDEA Challenge

March Idea Challenge pitch competition held at WVU Launchlab on March 28th.The WVU LaunchLab is excited to host the second annual March Idea Challenge! The top 8 finalist will be announced on or before March 21 and will compete in head-to-head live competition at the LaunchLab on Wednesday, March 27 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Download the flyer to learn more about the event. Be sure to attend as your vote matters!

1. SELECT YOUR CATEGORY

Creative Economies
Examples: arts, culture, humanities
General Social Issues 
Examples: women's issues, West Virginia problem solving, food deserts 
Innovation Services 
Examples: mobile apps, service businesses 
Innovative Products 
Examples: ideas and prototypes for new tangible products 

2. COMPLETE THE APPLICATION

Starting March 1, submit a 90-second video online at launch.wvu.edu. Deadline to enter is March 17. Your video must include the following
    • A description of your idea.
    • The problem it solves or opportunity it creates.
    • A description of the customer you are serving.

3. MAKE IT TO THE TOP 8

All submissions meeting the submission criteria will be evaluated by independent, category ­specific judges. The Top 8 Ideas based upon uniqueness, feasiblity and investment opportunity will be selected.  On March 21, the Top 8 Ideas will be announced! 

4. COMPETE LIVE AT LAUNCHLAB

The Top 8 Ideas will compete in a live, head-to­-head competition at LaunchLab on March 27. The judges and audience will select the winner, with cash prizes awarded! 

Please read carefully:

  • Presenters may have visual aids in order to enhance the presentation and/or to set up a display for event attendees to view. Visuals may include photos, samples, a TV or laptop with a running slide-show, brochures, business cards, etc. 
  • Presenters must inform LAUNCHLAB AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE of any basic audio/visual software/hardware needs. The presentation is by your own design, style and technique, as long as it is within the time allotment. 
  • There will be very brief intervals between presentations to allow for set up. 
  • At the end of each round of presentations, all votes MUST be placed in the designated ballot box to be collected and tabulated 
  • Attendees and Presenters can only vote for one choice. 
  • Judges’ votes will count for 10 points. 
  • The winner will be issued the monetary award certificate at the conclusion of the tallied votes. Money will be distributed via invoice for business requirements. 
  • Photos and information will be gathered to feature and share online by the sponsors of the event at the conclusion of the event 
  • Please be present at LaunchLab at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. March Idea Challenge 
  • Proceeds from competition winnings will be applied directly to materials or services providers.

Contact LaunchLab for more information:  Launchlab@mail.wvu.edu