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.
MiddChallenge is accepting proposals in which you explain the inspiration and/or viability of your idea or business in one of the following categories:
- Social Impact and Sustainability
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. Due to limitations imposed by social distancing policies, in 2020 the competition involved students submitting a 4-mins pitch video of their idea.
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.)
Application forms and timelines for Spring 2021 will be released in the fall of 2020. Please contact Heather Lovejoy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of the Innovation Hub if you have any questions.
Summer 2020 Selection Process
DUE TO THE RECENT DISRUPTIONS CAUSED BY COVID-19, THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 11.59pm EST on APRIL 6, 2020.
N.b.: Funding will be awarded provisionally until we know how COVID-19 will impact entrepreneurial ventures domestically and internationally.
Pitch Video Submission
Since we will not have an in-person competition this year, applicants are now also expected to submit a 4-minute video pitch of their idea in the application form here. Your pitch should be a 4- minute compelling presentation of what your idea is, why it is important and why you are the best person/people to implement it. Oratory Now coaches are available to help you craft a winning pitch. We highly encourage you to share your pitch video with them by April 2nd, 2020 to receive feedback ahead of the application deadline.
Application support and resources:
- Pitch Video review and advising with Oratory Now, please email email@example.com by April 2nd, 2020 to receive feedback on your oral presentation.
- Virtual Application advising session with Meron Benti ‘19, Creativity and Innovation Associate, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a call.
- Virtual Business advising session with Sarah Kearns, from the Small Business Development Center: email email@example.com to schedule a call.