Innovation Bowl Process

NSF Deaf College Innovation Bowl Application Details

Applications are now open! Click here to apply!


Application Questions

  1. Describe your early stage product or service that has foreseeable commercial impact. These ideas will need to be STEM-based (science, technology, engineering or math).
  2. How is your idea unique?
  3. What problem does your idea seek to solve or what gap in the marketplace does it seek to fill?
  4. Describe your target market.
  5. Who are the potential consumers and/or users?
  6. What value does this product or service add to their lives?
  7. Describe any potential challenges you see to delivering this product or service.
  8. Do you have a coach for your team? A coach may be a member of the faculty, staff or another designated representative of your college.

Competition Process

First round:

Each team will submit an application and a 10 minute video that is a concise and well-practiced description of a new innovative STEM based business idea. The 10 minute video should include:

  • The innovation idea and the problem that it’s intended to solve.
  • An explanation of the scientific concepts behind the idea.
  • The feasibility of the idea and potential benefits for consumers.
  • The market and the size of the market for this innovation.
  • Your competitive advantage
  • Your team structure/roles
  • Plan for development of the idea

The top three winning teams will be selected for participation into the full I-Corps training program. This training program will involve weekly on-line coaching and mentoring as well as the completion of training modules involving accessible videos. Each of the winning teams will receive $3000 for development of their prototype, customer discovery travel, or student stipends. Teams that are not selected, will have access to all I-Corps online materials, but will not receive I-Corps funding or personalized mentoring.

Second Round:

For the final round, the three teams will submit a final 10 minute video. This video, which will included a refined version of their original idea (based on training, mentoring and coaching) and should cover the following:

  • The innovation idea and the problem that it’s intended to solve.
  • The feasibility of the idea and potential benefits for consumers.
  • The market and the size of the market for this innovation.
  • How your idea has evolved throughout the I-Corps training program
  • Plans for future/execution of business or idea

One (1) finalist will be selected from the three teams and will be designated the NSF Deaf College Innovation Bowl champion. The finalist team will continue to receive personalized coaching and mentoring for 10 weeks from qualified I-Corps coaches and mentors. The finalist team will receive an additional $3000 for prototyping, customer discovery travel or student stipends.

Additionally, I-Corps coaches/mentors will work with the other two teams to explore their potential entry into the National I-Corps program.

For more information, contact Scot Atkins.