Sponsored by NSF I-Corps Grant
Administered by the Simone Center and National Technical Institute for the Deaf
This competition, open to teams of deaf and hard of hearing college students, will showcase the innovation ideas of entrepreneurial deaf students across the country. These innovation ideas will be for technological solutions that are STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) based.
For the first phase, each team submits a 10 minute video describing their idea. The three top winning college teams will receive $3000 in I-corps funding to develop their idea. The I-Corps program and curriculum are designed to advance early stage commercialization of products in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition, each team will receive prototyping assistance, training, mentoring from qualified I-corps coaches to help them further strengthen their innovation. All training and mentoring will occur online and through accessible videos and other video technology.
For the second and the final phase, the three final teams will submit a second video after their idea has been refined through the I-corps training program and mentoring. A team of judges will select one winning team to be the Deaf College Innovation Bowl champion. This winning team will then receive an additional 10 weeks of personalized coaching and mentoring through the I-corps program. In addition, the winning team will receive an additional $3,000 in funds for prototyping, travel and for student stipends.
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Each team, represented by a college, must be made up of at least two deaf and/or hard of hearing members or is led by a deaf or hard of hearing student. Team members must be matriculated full-time at the representative college at the time of submission of application. Members of the team must be committed for up to one year to receive coaching from I-Corps.
More than one team from a single college or university are permitted.
Each team must have a coach, or another designated representative from the college program. A coach may be a member of the faculty, staff or another designated representative.
The idea cannot be based on an already existing operational business venture.
The idea must be STEM based (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math).
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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 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.
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:
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.
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