Business Innovation Challenge
Experience The Business Innovation Challenge!
Innovative Ideas With Social Impact
This spring the 2021 Business Innovation Challenge invited students to bring their ingenuity, entrepreneurial mindset, passion and innovative thinking to identify problems that face communities in need, and to develop sustainable business ideas that will solve those problems and positively impact the community.
Those students who took on the challenge have developed virtual presentations for
our Foothill community to view.
Compete May 24-25 & May 28, 2021
Be inspired! Join fellow Foothill College students for BIC workshops to get ready to present your innovative idea at the Business Innovation Challenge. This year's virtual format will include two rounds on May 24-25 and May 28, 2021.
Six Components of The Challenge
The Business Innovation Challenge will consist of 4 workshops and 2 rounds of competition, all designed to help you learn how to grow your idea. All students and ideas are welcome.
Participation in the workshops is not mandatory to compete in the competition rounds, but is highly encouraged.
For Zoom access to a workshop, please email Laurence Lew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also complete the Business Innovation Challenge interest form.
Planned workshops include:
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April 21, 3-4 p.m.
Speaker: Isabel Wu & Ryan Sadaat
Be inspired to join the challenge! You’ll hear student success stories from past years and receive detailed instructions about the event series and the competition.
April 29, 3-4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kas Pereira
Attend a workshop on Design Thinking, a leading methodology for solving problems, and designing sustainable business solutions, through creativity and a human-centered approach.
Speaker: Will Cavada
Learn how to build cool, useful, and creative prototypes using cardboard. In this
hands-on interactive session, you learn the tips and tricks to building and working
with cardboard. Save those Amazon boxes.
Speaker: Laurence Lew
Get exposed to the art of the “Elevator Pitch”, and learn the fundamental components of how to communicate your idea to an audience in a persuasive and concise manner
The Competition Rounds
The competitive portion of the Business Innovation Challenge will consist of two rounds:
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Student teams will share their innovative ideas online in an asynchronous format to the general public. The best ideas will be selected to participate in the second round.
May 28, 2-5 p.m.
Selected teams will present live online before a panel of distinguished judges in the style of “Shark Tank
Who Can Participate?
Students from all majors are encouraged to participate. All you need is an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for helping your community, a desire to solve problems, and interest in learning how to develop business ideas. Training will be offered to interested students on how to approach The Challenge, and will expose students to the needed skills to succeed!
What Do I Get Out Of It?
Students who participate in the Challenge will learn critical business skills, such as how to develop a business concept, how to communicate to an audience, as well as how to think critically and innovatively. But more importantly, students will be working collaboratively towards making a positive difference in their community!
How Do I Sign Up?
If you are interested in joining the competition, please fill out a brief "interest form" and you will receive further information from me regarding what to do next.
We invite you to accept the Challenge! You'll be glad you did!
Sponsored by the Business & Entrepreneurship Club and the Business & Social Sciences Division.