How to Enter
Welcome to the 2014 Idea to Product® UT Competition. Thank you for your interest in participating in this year’s event, hosted by the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Idea to Product® program at the University of Texas.
Teams can enter the competition by submitting a First Round Submission - a 1 to 2 page document containing answers to a series of questions covering their technology, the best market for initial commercialization and the basic intellectual property aspects of their project.
Applications for I2P UT 2014 are now open.
APPLY HERE by Tuesday, March 25 at 11:59 pm.
Alternatively, you may email your submission to andrew.harbert[at]utexas.edu.
Team Requirements/ Eligibility
For team requirements and eligibility, please see the following:
Entries are reviewed by the Idea to Product Program staff and the Technology Entrepreneurship Society officers. The top technology commercialization plans are chosen to proceed to the semifinals.
Entries should be unique and innovative, be feasible to implement, and address an identified market need, and they must have an underlying technology component. Teams are encouraged to focus on the benefits of their technology and its associated market potential, rather than the technical features.
Timelines and Deadlines
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Submit First Round Submission by 11:59pm
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Semi-Finalists Individually Notified
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Submit 5 page reports by 11:59 pm
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dry Run Presentations and Feedback Session (4:30pm-8:30pm)
Friday, April 25, 2014
Semifinals Rounds (8am-12:30pm)
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Marvin Selig Finals (8am-12:30pm)
In order to compete you must do the following:
- Submit a First Round Submission by the given deadline.
- Participate in the Dry Run Presentation/Feedback Session.
- Submit a Five Page Submission by the given deadline.
First Round Submission
Prepare a one to two-page summary (with not less than 10 point font and 1-inch margins) answering the following questions about your technology product or service. You may have a competitive entry without fully complete answers to all questions, but each element will be essential for the semifinal round.
Five Page Submission
Prepare a report (not more than 5 pages, not less than 10-point font or 1” margins) with the following content. This report mirrors the major elements of the oral presentation and should use tables, lists and diagrams where possible. It is not directly related to competition scoring, but will be used by the judges to prepare for the event.
Each team will present their innovations in 10-minute presentations to panels of judges. The judges will then have an opportunity to ask questions for up to 15 minutes. Questions may be asked by the judges only. With about 5 minutes for transition, each team will have a 30-minute session. After the semifinals, judges will remain in their session rooms to deliberate the team placement for their session. After the finals, the judges will adjourn to the Judges Room to deliberate the final awards.
There are three stages to the I2P® UT Competition: