INNOVATE – A Public Service Pitch Competition

The upcoming public service pitch competition, INNOVATE, creates opportunities for students to further their efforts in public service, entrepreneurship, and other issues they are passionate about. Students will be given the chance to network with other students form teams, listen to speakers, and receive guidance from mentors on their proposed ideas. Following multiple rounds of judging, the top teams will be awarded up to $10,000 worth of funding from CSG, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and University of Michigan Library to continue their work.
The event officially kicks off January 17th from 7-9 PM. in the League Ballroom. Enjoy free dinner and learn more about the competition, how you can receive funding for your ideas, and meet possible teammates. The event will feature Suneel Gupta, a founding member of Groupon and CEO of Rise. Check out our facebook event at and see below for more specific dates and times of other future INNOVATE events.
01/17 Kick-off & Information Session @ League Ballroom, 7-9 pm
01/28 Pitch Development & Workshop @ Parker Room in Union, 1-2 pm
02/04 – 02/07 Mentor Office Hours @ CSG Offices in Union, 7-9 pm
02/12 First Round of Judging @ Tappan in Union, 7-9 pm
02/18 Mentor Office Hours @ CSG Offices in Union, 3-5 pm
03/07 Final Round of Pitches @ Tappan in Union 7-9 pm
Sign ups for the competition are now open at and will close January 21st. Questions? Email!


**To participate in INNOVATE, you do NOT have to have any prior experience, a project you are already working on, or even a team in place. If you have a passion or idea, sign up and CSG will provide the team and the mentoring you need to make that idea a success.**

On Giving Blueday, CSG Fundraising for INNOVATE, a Public Service Pitch Competition

If you’re frustrated by the state of public service in America, here’s a starting point toward making a difference! Better public service means that we need passionate leadership from people of all backgrounds and experiences—that’s why Central Student Government is hosting INNOVATE, the very first university-wide public service pitch competition. With a framework that encourages collaboration between students from a broad range of disciplines, and emphasis on unconventional disciplines in the realm of public service, we hope catalyze real-world positive change through #BetterPublicService. This Giving Blueday, we’re hoping that you can spare a few dollars and contribute to help us give every dollar right back to student innovators and entrepreneurs who have the ideas to change public service beyond the University of Michigan. Please consider supporting INNOVATE this Giving Blueday—the people who will change the state of public service in America are the Leaders & Best, and your contribution will help them make their daring ideas into reality. Give to INNOVATE here: