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2016 Innovation Coast Competition

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The Competition is open to everyone.  

What is the 2016 Innovation Coast Competition?

The Competition seeks applicants to present their product or service innovations in consumer products, media, software and medical device.  This is not an angel or venture capital pitch competition, so typical questions regarding financial forecasts and cash needs will not be asked. The judges will have deep product and service innovation track records from companies of all sizes. 

Prize Money

At least $45,000 in cash awards will be presented to the winners at the 2016 Innovation Coast Conference & Competition on May 17, 2016.  This event will be held on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California.  

Entry Fee

NOTE: THE COMPETITION REQUIRES AN ENTRY FEE. Your Competition entry fee also includes automatic entry into the Innovation Conference on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Before uploading your application, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-innovation-coast-conference-and-competition-tickets-21431846229 to pay the entry fee of:

General Competition Registration: $125

Current Student Competition Registration: $50

Current USC Student Competition Registration: $30

[Your application will not be reviewed until full payment is received.]

Entry Process

To enter, you will need to first pay your entry fee at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-innovation-coast-conference-and-competition-tickets-21431846229. Once you have paid the entry fee, please submit the completed applicant package using the application form.  You may also upload a video of your innovation (optional).  Applications with entry fee must be completed by no later than April 10, 2016 11:59 PM PDT [Revised].  All completed applications with entry fee will be reviewed by our judges.  From this pool of applicants, the judges will select and notify the semi-finalists who will then be invited to pitch their innovations in person only on the USC campus, Los Angeles, CA, on Monday, May 16, 2016.  In order to move on the semi-final round of the Competition, the applicants selected to pitch in the semi-finals round must be available in person and pitch their innovation on the USC campus in Los Angeles, CA on May 16, 2016.  No exceptions/no video presentations. All entrants are solely responsible for their travel/lodging costs - USC will not provide reimbursement for any costs associated with this competition or conference.

Semi-finalists/finalists will have 5 minutes to present their innovation to a panel of judges.  PowerPoint slides may be used along with prototypes, drawings, etc.

10 semi-finalists will be invited to pitch again on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the 2016 Innovation Coast Conference in Town & Gown on the USC campus.  

The decisions of the judges are final.  No exceptions.

By entering the 2016 Innovation Coast Competition, the winners agree to to submit their PowerPoint slide presentations to the Marshall Center for Global Innovation for uploading to the Marshall website.

Contestants are also required to provide the judges with verifiable details of any patent filings or grants.  

Judges Criteria

The judges will evaluate and advance approximately 20 - 25 innovation applicants to the semi-final round based upon the following weighted categories:

  • 33% - Demonstration of a deep understanding of the innovation as it relates to a potential market opportunity (pain and solution).
  • 33% - Proof that either customers will buy the innovations once in the market or that a strategic partner will incorporate the product or service innovation into its products or services.
  • 33% - Demonstration that the applicant is the right person or right team to bring the innovation to market, and that the applicant understands the financial implications of bringing a new innovation to the market.