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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 on November 1, 2020

Innovation Challenge collage of students and faculty.

Pitch Presentation to Dean Don Gibson: February 9, 2021 4 PM

Application Deadline: February 17, 2021 11:59 PM

Semifinals: March 4-5, 2020

Final Competition: March 24, 2021

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.) 


The Innovation Challenge Registration Form:

Complete this form to show your interest in the 2021 Innovation Challenge. This form is required and opens on November 1, 2020


The Innovation Challenge Entry Form:

Fill out the Innovation Challenge entry to sign up for the 2021 Innovation Challenge. 

This form must be filled out by every group entering the 2021 Innovation Challenge. Only one member from each team should fill out this form, which must be completed and submitted by February 17, 2021 to be eligible for entry in this year’s competition.


  • Awards
    • To help fund your startup, total cash to be awarded in the 2021 Challenge is $8,000. Coordinators and judges will determine the amount to be divided among the winning teams.
  • 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 Expert
      Entrepreneurship Judges.  
    • The presentations may be modeled after the TV show Shark Tank, and must include a business plan and budget for the innovation.
    • All presentations must be submitted in powerpoint.
  • Judging