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

Spend this summer taking your idea to the next level and get the funding to do it. MiddChallenge (formally known as Stonehenge) 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 in one of the following categories:

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Social Impact and Sustainability 
  • Arts

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, local entrepreneurs, community members and faculty. Two projects in each category will be chosen to win.

The Benefits

Winners receive up to $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 Innovation Hub mentoring. 


MiddChallenge winners will have frequent communication with the Innovation Hub 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 (including graduating seniors.)


Submit an application here by 5.00pm on March 19, 2020. Please contact mbenti@middlebury.edu if you have any questions. 

Application Timeline

Applications are submitted by interested students by March 19th. 

By March 29th students selected to pitch will be notified. 

Between March 30th and April 3rd selected students can have access to mentorship from Oratory Now to prepare their pitch. 

Saturday April 4th, 9am-4pm: Pitch Day. Specific times for each category will be shared in late March. 


Innovation Hub
118 South Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-2037