Launching Syracuse’s first ever IdeaX. Join us this weekend for ideas and cash prizes.

Have an idea for a potential business, product, or service? Participate in the first annual IdeaX competition, September 26, noon – 5:00 p.m. with a $500 grand prize for the best new idea that can propel you into campus, state and national competitions by the LaunchPad & Techstars at Syracuse University.  IdeaX is a virtual mini startup “rocket lab” meant to jumpstart new ideas. Your idea can be at the very basic level, with no traction and no details hashed out. The event is built on the idea of jumpstarting ideas and teams.  Register here. (Registration extended until Friday, September 25 because of interest!)

Here is the schedule of events:

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Idea sharing with your peers: Begin the competition on the MeetAway platform being matched randomly with other participants of the IdeaX event. Share your ideas with each other and give each other feedback in this quick, 5-minute interval, networking event. You must participate in this portion to qualify for the competition portion of the event.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. First Round: 90-second elevator pitches: The competition is organized into 3 sessions, with a maximum of 10 competitors per room. On your turn, you will pitch your idea in front of a panel of LaunchPad mentors for 90 seconds. They will then have 2 minutes to ask questions and give feedback.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Judges select finalists: The judges will select a winner from each session and the 3 finalists will go on to compete for the prize.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Finals: The 3 finalists will pitch their idea again for 90-seconds, but this time with a twist that they will find out at 4:00 p.m. The judges will have another 2-minutes for feedback and will select a winner.

Sign up for the event by doing the all three of the following:

  1. Fill out the Google Form to register
  2. Register for the MeetAway networking event
  3. Join our Discord server for the competition portion of the event