Challenges

Swift Student Challenge 2024

Swift Student Challenge Card

Deadline: Competition will open up for 3 weeks in February 2024

From connecting peers to mental health resources, to identifying ways to support sustainability efforts on campus, Swift Student Challenge participants around the world are using their creativity to develop apps that solve real-world problems. We encourage you to brainstorm and develop thoughtful ideas for apps that address important issues in your community and beyond.

New for the 2024 Challenge, out of 350 winners, we’ll recognize 50 Distinguished Winners for their outstanding submissions and invite them to Apple in Cupertino for an extraordinary experience. All Challenge winners will receive one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program, a complimentary voucher to take an App Development with Swift certification exam, and a special gift from Apple.

Learn more and apply here. 

Founders Live: Prime Time Pitch Challenge

Deadline: March 15

How much do you really believe in your vision? Your team? Your product? Your customers?

Can you distill everything you know as a founder into one succinct, charismatic, convincing 99-second pitch?

More than that, can you activate your support system?
Can you grow it with a great pitch?

In this challenge, your biggest opponent is yourself.

Learn more and apply here. 

Clinton Global Initiative University

Deadline: March 15

The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for college students committed to social impact to join its next cohort! Founded by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, CGI U’s yearlong program gives students access to a social impact curriculum, topic experts, engagement events, and a global community of young leaders who are turning ideas into action.

Learn more and apply here. 

ARPA-E Summit PITCHES Session

ARPA.E Challenge Card

Deadline: March 22

Do you have a potentially disruptive energy technology idea? Do you find yourself often brainstorming ways that a process could be done better? Do you wish you had the opportunity to share these ideas with a broader audience? Do you want to improve your pitching skills? Have you watched the ARPA-E Fast Pitches from previous Summits and felt inspired? Good news! ARPA-E wants to hear from you at the 2024 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit!

Student Attendees accepted to participate in the 2024 Summit Student Program will be invited to submit their ideas for consideration to the ARPA-E Student PITCHES session. Selected students will prepare a five-minute pitch that summarizes their innovative energy technology idea and present it to an audience and a panel of industry representatives. The panel will provide feedback and ask students questions.

Learn more and apply here. 

ASPIRE to Innovate Program

Deadline: March 31

Applications now open for ASPIRE postdoctoral research fellowship to support path to entrepreneurship.

Current biomedical sciences Ph.D. students, postdocs affiliated with the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center postdocs interested in transitioning from research to entrepreneurship are invited to apply for the next ASPIRE to Innovate Postdoctoral Fellowship, which begins July 1, 2024, through the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET). Applications are due by March 31. Click here to learn more. 

Learn more and apply here. 

VentureWell Debut Challenge

Deadline: May 31

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell have come together to support and expand the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, a competition that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation.

DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real-world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities; the ability to manage the product development process; the ability to work effectively in teams; and technical communication skills.

Winning teams will be announced August 26, 2024.

Learn more and apply here. 

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Deadline: June 2024

What is the Collegiate Inventors Competition?
  • Who: Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled either part time or full time at a U.S. college or university, including non-U.S. citizens who can meet our student status requirements.
  • What: A unique invention contest offering opportunities to advance your invention through national exposure, expert mentorship, networking and more.
  • Where: Finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend our event at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • When: Each year, applications must be submitted by June. Finalists are selected in August and the event takes place in October. Our next competition will be held Oct. 16-17, 2024.
  • Why: Through this a one-of-a-kind experience, you’ll connect with other collegiate inventors, meet National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees and patent examiners who will serve as Judges, and compete to win cash prizes* and patent acceleration

Learn more and apply here. 

Jeopardy! Anytime Test

Jeopardy Challenge Card

Deadline: Open-Ended

Jeopardy is seeking new contestants! Do you have what it takes to be the next Jeopardy champion? If you pass the test and meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you will be placed into a random selection process for an invitation to an audition. Assuming you perform well at the audition, you will be placed into the contestant pool and could be invited to compete up to 18 months from your audition date. Making it to an audition is not a guarantee of being invited to compete on the show.

Learn more and apply here.