Innovation Quest (iQ) wants to help you turn your idea into a prototype into a company. The purpose of this competition is to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity of chasing after that idea they always wonder about, and actually turning it into a real business. While students can apply to the Innovation Quest competition at any time, we highly encourage participation in each of the Innovation Quest Workshops we hold at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus.
Each workshop in the series will provide teams with all of the information they need to fine-tune their business ideas to give them an edge in the contest application. We will cover all you need to know to answer each component of the iQ application – that is, our aim is to give you what you need to learn the most about your idea, how to market it, who to market it to, and where you can expect your idea to go. Innovation Quest is not a business plan competition. It is, instead, a business competition.
Most importantly, each workshop will provide participants access to mentors – iQers, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and more! Innovation Quest builds networks and relationships that are priceless. Receiving feedback from mentors will help you sharpen your ideas, keep you constantly thinking, and provide you with the criticism you need to submit the best application you can to Innovation Quest.
Workshops run February 19th through March 19th.
|Kickoff Workshop||Wednesday, February 13||7:00 PM||Laurel 102|
|iQ Workshop #2||Wednesday, February 20||6:30 PM||Storrs – School of Business Student Lounge|
|iQ Workshop #3||Wednesday, March 6||6:30 PM||Storrs – School of Business Student Lounge|
|iQ Workshop #4||Wednesday, March 13||6:30 PM||Storrs – School of Business Student Lounge|
Competition application is due Tuesday, March 26 by 11:59pm.
Complete competition application at innovationquest.org/app_form/form
The Innovation Quest (iQ) inQbator program is a series of six intensive workshops over the course of six weeks. Invitations to the inQbator go out to the top 8 finalists of the Innovation Quest competition, and the purpose of this ‘bootcamp’ is to provide finalists with a more in-depth crash course on how to get their businesses off the ground. Participants will interact with and receive personalized feedback from a variety of mentors, which range from iQ entrepreneurs to seasoned investors. The inQbator workshops culminate with each team pitching their ideas to a panel of local angel investors. Our aim at Innovation Quest is to turn ideas into prototypes into companies, and the inQbator workshops will help fine-tune your idea, give you the information you need on how to build a successful prototype, and provide you with extensive guidance on all you need to build a real world startup.