*All IEC events are planned to be held in-person on campus, but may be shifted to a hybrid or virtual format as required, for the 2021-22 year.
The Jones Idea Challenge Reverse Corporate Pitch Competition (Jones Idea Challenge for short) is a competition for undergraduate students with entrepreneurial drive. The program challenges participants to solve real company problems, work with a team business coach, and compete for cash prizes. In the end, the Jones Idea Challenge produces innovative student solutions for real business problems. The program looks something like this:
The Jones Idea Challenge requires many people and organizations to be successful. Companies pitch their themed problem, and teams of students find an ‘intra-preneurial’ solution for a problem. Local professionals serve as team coaches, which work closely to advise a team on their solution idea. Company representatives are available to answer questions and provide additional information to a team. Company judges score teams based on their pitched solutions. So, there's a little something for everybody!
The Jones Idea Challenge brings together like-minded entrepreneurial students to solve real-world problems for real companies. Students benefit from learning to work in a team and pitching to companies. They also can network and form relationships with business professionals. Companies get the opportunity to give back to the community. By working with entrepreneurial driven students, companies gain insight into how the next generation of students think and can form relationships with potential future business leaders.