Scipreneur Challenge

The Scipreneur Challenge is an entrepreneurship-based competition organized by each Academic Alliance chapter.

Scipreneur Challenges take place annually within the Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville chapters and offer university students and postdoctoral fellows hands-on experiences in commercialization of research and entrepreneurship.

Participants in the Scipreneur Challenge are assigned to 4- to 6- person teams and granted real-life intellectual property (IP) generated at area research institutions. The teams are tasked with designing a commercialization plan for the technology, including a business proforma (executive summary) and a 10- to 15-minute investor pitch. The participating teams, comprising of undergraduates, research scientists, engineers, business students, clinicians, and mentors will present a business plan and compete to win prizes in a final pitch competition, judged by the area business community and investors. Winners receive prize money raised through program sponsorship.

The Nashville and Memphis chapters hosted their Final Pitch Competition events this Spring. The Knoxville chapter is expected to host its Scipreneur Challenge in Fall 2021.