UMass Innovation Challenge 2012


Intent to Compete forms due


Competition Organizer

UMass Amherst

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

At least one team member must be either a full-time or half-time UMass Amherst graduate student or a full-time undergraduate student. Business plans do not need to be based on a technological invention but may derive some advantage from underlying technology.

Important Dates

The last day to submit Intent to Compete forms is February 22, 2012. After submitting a Mini-Plan, participants will be narrowed town to 5 finalist teams, who will be announced on March 16, 2012. Finalist teams must submit a final business plan by April 12, 2012. The final Innovation Challenge Business Plan Competition will take place on April 17, 2012.

Competition Prizes

Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Other Info

Each team will submit a Mini Plan and present it to the judges in a closed door setting. Five teams will be selected to move on to the final business plan competition, where they will each give an 8 minute PowerPoint presentation to the judges.