Students Stretch Entrepreneurial Muscles at 3-Day Innovation Competition

November 03, 2017

Nov. 10–12, 2017

Pioneer Weekend 4.0, Nov. 10–12, 2017, is a three-day innovation competition for college students sponsored by the Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership.

In a free, public event beginning at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, teams will present their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. The prize ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. There will be a lunch break from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

The event brings together student innovators from different backgrounds to work together in teams of 3-6 people and complete a prototype of an idea that they come up with at the event. It encourages hands-on experiences, and aspiring student entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas might be viable.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, students will bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams will focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing Lean Startup methodologies, and building a minimal viable product.

Winning teams will receive cash prizes:

  • 1st place: $2000
  • 2nd place: $1000
  • 3rd place: $500

The first place team will also receive a scholarship to go to Venture School at the University of Iowa for summer 2018.

See the Pioneer Weekend schedule for details.

College students who wish to participate need to register by Nov. 8.