Have an idea for a project or business? Is there a problem you want to solve or an artistic piece you wish to create?

Spend this summer taking your idea to the next level and get the funding to do it. MiddCHALLENGE is here to help you turn your idea into reality.

The Competition
MiddCHALLENGE is accepting proposals in which you explain the inspiration and/or viability of your idea or business.

Competition categories:

1) Business (co-hosted with Midd Ventures)

2) Social Entrepreneurship (co-hosted with SE Summer Grants Challenge)

3) Arts

4) Education, Outreach, and Policy

The top chosen proposals in each of these areas will be invited to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to an expert panel of judges made up of alumni, community members and faculty. Two projects in each category will be chosen to win.

The Benefits

Winners will receive $3,000 for the summer. Students will be able to take advantage of office space in Old Stone Mill, Middlebury’s summer room and board, and alumni/community mentoring.


MiddCHALLENGE winners will have frequent communication with the Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship (CCISE) over the summer, reporting their accomplishments, problems, and future plans monthly through the end of August. This doesn’t mean you have to come in knowing all of the answers, it just means you have to commit to consistent effort to move your project forward.


All current Middlebury students are eligible. (Yes, even seniors.)


Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on March 13, 2017. When you apply please specify the category you would like to apply to. Finalists will be selected and notified before the pitch competition on April 15, 2017. You can fill out the application here.  

The top applicants in each area will be asked to present to a panel of expert judges who will determine whether they qualify for an award. There will be a prep session offered for those who wish to sharpen their presentation skills the week before.

2017 Student Organizers: Jessie Klinck '17.5, Lena Jacobs '17.5

*n.b. MiddChallenge was formally known as Stonehenge

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