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Who can participate?. All SJSU Students Individuals or in teams As part of a class project As members of a student club As an extracurricular activity A student can submit more than one entry SJSU Alumni Faculty & Staff entries will be accepted IF space permits. Why participate?.

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Who can participate

Who can participate?

  • All SJSU Students

    • Individuals or in teams

    • As part of a class project

    • As members of a student club

    • As an extracurricular activity

  • A student can submit more than one entry

  • SJSU Alumni

  • Faculty & Staff entries will be accepted IF space permits


Why participate

Why participate?

  • Win cash and in-kind prizes

  • Improve communication and presentation skills

  • Get feedback on ideas for new products and services

  • Meet students from other disciplines to help turn ideas into a reality

  • Network with entrepreneurs and business professionals

  • Secure industry mentors to develop the idea into a business plan

  • Enter Business Plan into the SVCE’s

    Business Plan Competition in Spring 2012: you could win $10,000!


What s an innovation

What’s an ‘Innovation’?

  • It is any practical idea or concept that can change the world for the better

  • It can be a new product, process or service, or simply a new application of existing technology

  • We expect it to be innovative in some way, but not necessarily radical

  • A new approach to implementing a standard computer program would fit, if it created new benefits


How to present your innovation

How to present your innovation?

  • A poster board display is required

    • It can be supplemented by a model or prototype, and/or a computer display

  • In addition, participants can sign up for:

    • The Elevator Pitch Contest


What to compete in

What to compete in?

There are TWO main Competition areas:

  • Most Innovative Idea

    • All submissions are automatically entered for this competition

    • Judged on quality of poster board exhibit & supporting display (if any)

  • Best Elevator Pitch

    • 2-minutes oral presentation

  • Other special category Awards

    • Depending on sponsorship

      • E.g., for ‘green’ innovation, social innovation, etc.


How to sign up

How to sign-up?

  • Register on-line at the SVIC website: www.cob.sjsu.edu/svic (coming soon!)

  • Registration deadline: November 16, 2011


Svic timeline dates to be confirmed

SVIC Timeline (dates to be confirmed)


Who can participate

  • For more information on SVIC 2011 project guidelines:

  • Contact Dr. Anu Basu, Director, SVCE at [email protected]

  • Contact Anu Vuorikoski, Associate Director, SVCE at [email protected]

    The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge @SJSU is a university-wide initiative, hosted by the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship: www.cob.sjsu.edu/svce


Ways for faculty to encourage student participation

Ways for Faculty to encourage student participation

  • Inform your students about the Fair and highlight the reasons why they should participate.

  • Include the SVIC project in your syllabus.

  • Include a link to the SVIC website on your faculty website.

  • Publicize the speaker events in your class or syllabus.

  • Schedule a short presentation in your class by an SVIC volunteer.

  • Give credit or extra credit for speaker event attendance

  • Give credit or extra credit for participating in the SVIC

  • Take your students to visit the SVIC on Dec. 1st.


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