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Themes and Prize Money

Iona students enter the competition by submitting one idea. Here are some examples of themes that your idea can fit into: social entrepreneurship, media ventures, social networking, web/app technology, business technology, service innovations, e-commerce ventures, traditional business ventures, etc.

  • Fan Favorite Contest – Milestone 1 (1-minute video pitch) with the most likes/engagement on their video (to be uploaded to the Hynes Institute page) is selected as the Fan Favorite.
  • Superlatives Awards – Based on idea submissions, we will select two ideas that really standout (ex. most socially responsible, most out of this world idea).

Prize Breakdown


1st place - $3000
2nd place - $1500
3rd place - $750

Fan Favorite/Superlative Awards


Fan Favorite - $500
Superlative Award - $250

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Iona undergraduate and graduate students (a valid @iona.edu email address is required to enter the competition)
  • Students can enter as an individual or as a team with other students
  • Students can only submit one idea to IIC