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 upĀ and CSG will provide the team and the mentoring you need to make that idea a success.**