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The FED seeds and actively engages with university-based pilots, competitions and accelerators that promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Information on key programs is organized starting with the most recent:
The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) launched the Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC) in 2016. The IIC will grant one million dollars in prizes to organizations that are reshaping the future of work for people at the middle and base of our economy. Mary Ann Beyster will serve as a Core judge for this inaugural year of the competition, which identifies, celebrates, and awards prizes to organizations that are inventing a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable future for all. More information
The J.M.K Innovation Prize, launched in 2015, supports social entrepreneurs across the United States who are spearheading game-changing solutions to our society’s most urgent challenges. From a pool of more than one thousand applications from every corner of the country, the prize process selected ten outstanding awardees who will receive multi-year support for their visionary ideas. Mary Ann Beyster served as a judge on the “economic empowerment” reviewer team.
The FED proudly sponsored the X Prize Foundation and X Prize Lab@MIT which engages students in designing prizes to address challenges in energy, water, and genomics, and to consider ways for inspiring and incentivizing open innovation through ownership.
In the Fall of 2009, students participated in a semester-long lab researching and dissecting energy prize ideas. The students produced concepts for a new X PRIZE including a Green Home Prize, ECO2 Prize, and Home Energy Storage Prize. Read the white paper.
Do you have what it takes to tap into your competitive and entrepreneurial spirit to solve the most challenging problems facing humanity? The X Prize Foundation has set up multiple prizes targeted at specific problems in energy and environment, education and global development, space exploration, and life sciences.
Are you a young, entrepreneurial undergraduate or graduate student? Join a university-based business plan competition. Situated in one of the leading research universities in the world, the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge fosters community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals.
Aside from sponsorship since 2007, the FED's support also included panel discussions about entrepreneurial employee ownership and service on the judging panels. What is really unique about this student-run competition is that unlike most of the other top-notch university competitions, the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge was created outside of the business school from within the sciences. More Information
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Do you know an experienced entrepreneur with a track record? Consider suggesting him/her to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. The FED is a proud sponsor, served on a regional judging panel, and has been involved for more than 10 years. More Information