(formerly Stonehenge)

Have an idea for a project or business? Is there 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.


Middchallenge is accepting proposals in which you explain the inspiration and/or viability of your idea or business. (See How to Apply)

Competition categories:

We are accepting ideas for…

*   Business (Co-hosted with Midd Ventures)

*   Social Entrepreneurship (Co-hosted with Center for Social Entrepreneurship, formerly known as the CSE Summer Grants Challenge)
*   Arts
*   Education, Outreach, and Policy

On April 4 2015, 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.


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


MiddChallenge winners will have frequent communication with the PCI and CSE office 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)


Submit your proposals by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm to hneuwirth@middlebury.edu.

The top applicants in each area will be notified to present on Saturday April 4, 2015. There will be a prep sessions offered for those who wish to sharpen their presentation skills the week before.

Student Organizers

Please feel free to contact these students if you have any questions.

Kate Robinson '16

Olivia Tabah '16

Naila Jahan '15

Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts

Heather Neuwirth '08
118 South Main Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5961 - work

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