Annual Impact Innovation Challenge

Mount Holyoke’s celebration of innovative thinkers and creative minds

Students have 90 seconds to pitch their business plan in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. With $500 prizes in social change, business, and audience favorite — every idea is welcome. One participant is selected to go on and represent Mount Holyoke in the valley-wide Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative elevator pitch contest, held in April. All students who participate will have opportunities to further develop their ideas through courses offered through the Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society minor. Start with an idea and pitch, then go forward and make a positive impact on the world.

Winners of the 2016 Competition

1st Place:

Woyneab Habte ’17, economics and international relations double major
Project: On-Her-Own (student-run copy shops in Ethiopia)

2nd Place:

Hashma Shahid ’17, computer science and international relations double major
Project: Musqeeto (online review platform for conferences)

Popular Vote Winner:

Gerry Carolina Rivadeneira ’16, politics major, Nexus in Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights
Project: Pedagogy of Peace (curriculum to reduce violent crime)