To help you prepare to submit to the 24th Annual Innovative Idea Competition, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute has created a comprehensive Submission Guidelines and Tips document! There are six primary sections you must include in your submission and pitch, in addition to some general information on your venture and team. The reviewers and final judges will look to see how well you have addressed the sub-questions included for each section. We’ve also included some tips for you to think about when formulating your idea, submission, and pitch.

Explain your idea using the simple online application form. You may compete as individuals or in teams, but all contestants must have a Temple University affiliation.

Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and faculty/staff* Temple University’s 17 schools and colleges are all eligible and strongly encouraged to participate.

*Faculty/staff who advise student ideas are ineligible to compete. The selection committee reserves the right to determine when a conflict of interest exists.

For the Idea Competition, non-profit ideas are eligible; however, for the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® in the spring, non-profit companies are not eligible to participate.

Yes! Your idea must have earned less than $5,000 in competitions or raised less than $25,000 in capital.


IEI hosts two mentoring sessions leading up to the competition: Peer Mentoring (with ESA) held October 13th, and Expert Mentoring (with industry experts) held October 18th, two nights before submissions are due. Students and alumni are welcome to sign up for individual mentoring sessions through the StartupTree Portal – – and just make sure to identify yourself with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute Looking for a different kind of mentoring or assistance? Let us know by emailing!

The Idea Competition honors the confidentiality of all participants’ concepts. Submissions will not be released or copied for any purposes other than use in the Idea Competition. The judges also recognize the sensitivity of the materials being presented. Moreover, all participants, reviewers, judges, and committee members are informed that the following is prohibited: Utilizing for commercial gain any material provided to Temple specifically and restrictively for educational purposes without prior permission of the provider. As members of the Idea Competition, all participants, judges, and committee members should consider themselves bound by this code.

That being said, any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that could possibly enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented in these sessions.