Who can participate?
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students attending on-campus at Andrews University.
Can previous participants join the competition again?
Yes, previous participants are encouraged to submit an application and participate. They are elligible for all awards.
Can previous award recipients participate again?
Yes, previous award recipients, who are still studying at Andrews University, are allowed to participate again and receive an award. However, teams who received a top award are not elligible for the top award again. Previous award recipients will be expected to have made progress since last receiving funding for their project. They will also need to show why they need additional funding.
Is it necessary to be part of a team to participate?
No, students can apply to participate individually or as part of a team.
Can the same person submit more than one application?
No, only one application per student will be accepted. The same student cannot participate individually and also as part of a team. A student can only be part of one (1) application.
Can international students participate and be eligible for prizes?
Yes, all university students, including international, who attend on-campus can join the competition and be eligible for prizes.
Is the competition only for business majors?
No, the competition is open to all majors.
Can ideas for non-profit organizations participate
Yes, both non-profit and for-profit projects can participate. Unlike the 2022 competition, the 2023 competition will not divide them into categories. Rather, all teams will be eligible for all awards.
Are awards taxable?
Yes, recipient(s) will be taxed depending on their visa or residential status. We will provide information ahead of time to all finalists.
Do I need to patent my idea before the competition?
It is not a requirement to patent your idea or product before the competion. However, if you think your product idea could be stolen, you may want to file a provisional patent application with USPTO ($70). If you need more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.