The Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge at Manhattan College is hosted every year in March by the O’Malley School of Business. Registration for the upcoming competition will be open until February 19, 2019.

March 12, 2019

The Innovation Challenge encourages students to creatively generate an idea for an exciting and practical product or service. The competition is open to Manhattan College students of all academic disciplines, who are encouraged to team up with each other if doing so enhances their innovation. (For example, engineers may team up with business students to help with the business plan for their inventions.) 

  • Awards
    • Cash prizes up to $5,000  
    • All teams selected to compete and present in the finals will receive $50.
  • Team Requirements
    • Teams will consist of 1-4 undergraduate students from Manhattan College
    • The competition is open to all Manhattan College students. Students are encouraged to team up with students studying other majors.
    • Entries may be submitted by teams of no more than four students.  Submissions by individuals are also welcomed.
  • Submission Guidelines
    • The Innovation Challenge entries must be submitted through the google form link in the Registration section. 
    • Make sure that your entry represents an innovative yet practical idea.  The winning ideas will have judges react by “Why didn’t I think of that?”  
    • Make sure that your narrative is well organized, well written, and addresses all the key points above
    • If possible, back up your claims with research.
  • Competition Rules
    • A percentage of the entries submitted will be selected to prepare a presentation on and model/example of their innovation.
    • The competitors should be able to answer questions from alumni, faculty, and professionals.  
    • The presentations should be modeled after the TV show, Shark Tank, and should include a business plan and budget for the product.
  • Judging