IDEAS Pitch Competition

HCC Shark Tank IDEAS Pitch Competition - Spring & Summer 2020

 

The Shark Tank IDEAS Pitch competition is designed for students to share their creative ideas and social innovations. Individuals or teams can compete in the competition by delivering a pitch to a team of judges. Students should pitch a product or service that explores innovative approaches to answering pressing sustainability and societal needs.

The competition is open to HCC students.

All IDEAS welcome!


The Shark Tank IDEAS Pitch Competition for Spring 2020 is a platform for any current HCC student to share their creative ideas and social innovations.

  • First Prize: $1500.00
  • Second Prize: $1000.00
  • Third Prize: $500.00
  • 2 honorable mentions, $250 ea.

Equaling up to $3,500 for cash prizes sponsored by HCC Foundation. 

 

Social Innovation Track:

The competition is designed to explore innovative approaches to answering pressing societal needs and to spark an atmosphere of social dialogue and community. Students must complete a simple application regarding their idea that addresses one of the categories listed below:

Categories

  1. Education & Skills: investing in the sustainable workforce for today and tomorrow.
  2. Alleviating Poverty: issues related to improving income inequity and cost of living.
  3. Economic Advancement: job creation, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
  4. Community Wellbeing: access to parks, transportation, health, and nutrition.
  5. Technology: new tools and applications to help resolve a pressing issue.

HCC Shark Tank Pitch Competition opens March 1st, 2020. Competition to be closed on June 30th, by 5 PM.

 

Competition Finalist Presentation and Awards Ceremony will be held at Houston Community College West Loop Campus on July 18th, 2020

The goal of the Shark Thank IDEAS Pitch Competition is to provide financial and institutional support for students who want to make an impact on the world. HCC is eager to harness the creativity and passion of Houston's student body to catalyze social change.

More about the competition

General information

The Shark Tank IDEAS Pitch competition is designed for students to share their creative ideas and social innovations. Individuals or teams can compete in the competition by delivering a pitch to a team of judges. Students should pitch a product or service that explores innovative approaches to answering pressing sustainability and societal needs.

The competition is open to HCC students.

All the IDEAS are welcome.

 

Schedule of Workshops/Training events

Training Sessions:

IDEATION Training by Accenture's Innovation Director, Summer Reeves! 

Learn:

  • Sources of information and research
  • Process for coming up with great ideas
  • Learn about Design Thinking

 

When: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 - HCC West Loop Campus, Room C108, from 1 pm to 3 pm (Watch Youtube Live Recording)

About Speaker: Summer Reeves is the Innovation Center Director for Accenture’s Houston Innovation Hub. Her teams work with clients every day to identify their challenges, provide industry thought leadership and to visualize how cutting-edge technology is being applied, enabling organizations to accelerate their innovation and transformation agendas. Summer has over 13 years of experience in digital product design with a heavy focus on design thinking methods and user experience practices.


PRESENTATION Training by HCC Foundation's Board President, David Regenbaum!

Learn:

  • What is a Pitch?
  • Tips and Suggestions on Pitching an Idea
  • Example of great pitches

When: Thursday, April 16th, 2020 - HCC West Loop Campus, Room C108, from 2 pm to 2:30 pm (Watch Youtube Live Recording)

About Speaker: David Regenbaum serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Houston Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurship and is the Vice President of the Houston Community College Foundation.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Silver Fox Advisors and is the Managing Member of AMI Institute, LLC.   He was previously the CEO and Co-Founder (with his wife) of Association Management, Inc. (AMI), a successful community association management company which he sold in 2014, and prior to that practiced as an attorney in South Africa until his immigration to the USA in 1979.

 

 

 

Judging Criteria

The criteria are based on solving the societal need that has high impact (affects many), sustainable (Eco-friendly/Green), creates value or fills a gap, and can (or has) be prototyped, tested, or validated.

Ideas will be judged on the following primary criteria:

  • Social Impact (Number of people impacted or lives affected)
  • Economic Impact (value creation)
  • Environmental Impact (Sustainability/Green Footprint)
  • Completeness/Delivery(Presentation/Team)
  • The originality of Idea (Ownership/IP by the student(s))

 

Student requirements

1. Provide a Pitch Presentation. 
(Download a sample template)

2. Provide a Visual Concept of the idea, if applicable

  • Photo/Drawing/Other
  • 3d Printed Sample or design

 3. Develop a short video* pitch (Optional - but recommended)

  • Post it on YouTube as a public video or an unlisted video

*Need help recording your pitch?
Visit the HCC One Button Studio at any of the following campus libraries:

  • HCC Spring Branch Campus
  • HCC Central Campus Library
  • HCC Alief Hayes - West Houston Insititute Learning Commons

 



Sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, 3100 Main St. Houston, TX 77002

For more information, call Office of Student Innovation at 713.718.5269 or email: ravi.brahmbhatt@hccs.edu

HCC Shark Tank IDEAS Competition events schedule, rules, awards, and this page was updated on 02/24/2020.

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