Competition Overview

What Is the IIA Competition?

The Innovation in Action: Solutions to Real World Challenges competition has two primary goals:

  1. To empower students to innovate solutions that address public health and education problems, and

  2. To create a safe environment to take risks and move beyond the classroom.

This five-month competition will enable teams to move their idea from concept to reality. Teams will be trained in a variety of skills as they develop their idea: from customer discovery to pitching an idea to attracting non-academic funders. The competition will culminate with all teams participating in a final presentation showcasing their innovation. All teams will be recognized for their work.

Cash prizes will go to the top ideas.

Public Health Challenge Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $10,000
  • 2nd Prize: $7,500
  • 3rd Prize: $5,000

Education Challenge Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $10,000
  • 2nd Prize: $7,500
  • 3rd Prize: $5,000

**Each challenge will also have an Audience Choice Award of $1,000!

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