Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize
The Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize (MCIP) is a six-month program that enables teams to go from an idea to venture launch. Teams will not only present their ideas, they will put them into practice. They will be given training and paired with mentors who will help them move their company forward. They will learn the skills needed to start a successful company, both through classroom learning and trial and error.
Participating teams will learn cutting edge entrepreneurial skills such as customer discovery and business model canvas development. They will meet regularly with mentors and venture capitalists and have access to a micro grant program offering up to $2,000 in grants for each team to move their business forward.
On the final day of the MIP, all participating teams will present their results during a full day event that will showcase innovation and entrepreneurship. All participating teams will receive recognition for their accomplishments and a few teams will also be awarded additional prizes and potential investments totaling $40,000 or more. Learn more at mciprize.com.
$100,000 DTE Clean Energy Venture Challenge
Enabling teams to go from an Idea to Venture Launch!
The Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, now in its fifth year, has provided funding to dozens of student and faculty led teams with great ideas about green energy.
The Venture Challenge enables student and faculty led teams to go from an idea to venture launch during a six month program.
During the Venture Challenge teams will be given access to skill building resources, mentors, investors and the opportunity to apply to micro funding to help them move their ideas forward, and at the end of the competition the most successful teams will receive additional prize money and potential investments to launch their new businesses.
The Clean Energy Venture Challenge is administered by the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship.
Renewable Energy Case Competition
Ross Business School, University of Michigan
The RECC was created because while other energy case competitions exist , none are focused on renewable energy and the changing landscape of the industry. As a result, the Ross Energy Club will be inviting 10 – 12 MBA teams from the nation’s top business schools to compete in this exciting competition.
For more information visit Ross Energy Club.
OVPR Distinguished University Innovator Award
To be eligible for this award the nominee(s) must be member of the tenure/tenure track or research faculty. Teams of up to three (3) individuals led by such faculty member are also eligible. The Distinguished University Innovator(s) will have accomplished one or more of the following:
- Developed a breakthrough technology and demonstrated its transformational potential relative to an otherwise conventionally accepted practice or market.
- Taken a significant innovation developed in the University through to market-readiness, either through partnership with a commercial enterprise, or by starting a company.
- Demonstrated a new method or means for moving innovations from the university into the private sector through the establishment of partnerships or other relationships that promote the strategic or economic position of the region, state or nation.
For more information visit http://research.umich.edu/ovpr/innovator/