This competition has commenced for this year. The $50K Idea Challenge application is now open until February 12, 2020! Don't miss out and Apply Online today!
This program is supported by the Francis College of Engineering and the DifferenceMaker program.
Do you have a great idea? Are you wondering if it can be turned into a real product that customers would buy and use? If so, then this is for you: a competition to push you to think about an idea and bring it to life. Welcome to the 2019 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition!
What is the difference between this competition and other innovation and entrepreneurship competitions on campus? This competition is more than just generating an idea; it is about generating a product - whether it is a mechanical/electrical device, a software application, or an integrated system. After all, ideas are great but we want you to build it! We will provide the resources to make it happen, so you can make a difference!
Applicants must be students (graduate or undergraduate) at UMass Lowell and at least one team member must be from the Francis College of Engineering. Students are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams with all team members taking part in developing the Proposal and Prototype. Also, teams should identify a faculty advisor from Engineering.
Executive summaries will be submitted online in the TeamMaker platform. Teams submitting plans past the deadline will not be included in the Competition.
Teams that submit a proposal by the deadline are eligible to submit receipts of expenses incurred in their prototype design. A maximum of $100 will be reimbursed, with valid expenses including material costs, equipment rental, etc. Note that student teams must approach Engineering faculty and/or technical staff for the use of laboratory facilities (if necessary) in their designs and prototyping. Additionally, all registered teams will be invited to attend DifferenceMaker events during the semester to learn relevant skills and techniques, from idea generation to writing a business plan.
Thank you to the 2018 judges!