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New Jersey Women in STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge

March 29, 2018

The challenge is to encourage women who have embraced or plan to lead entrepreneurial ventures. All New Jersey resident STEM female professionals are eligible to apply. Institutional affiliation is not necessary. Two categories of awards are included. Both categories need to fill out AWISNJ Executive Summary Template Powerpoint Template (which can be found here) and submit to awis_cjc@yahoo.com.

STEM female professionals who have already graduated are eligible to participate in STEM Entrepreneurship Awards. The top teams will be awarded:

Cash Awards
1st Place – $5000
2nd Place – $2000
3rd Place – $1000

New Jersey high school and college females/ female led groups are eligible to participate in the Innovation Challenge. Top 4 college and school teams (2 each) will be competing for:

Cash Awards
College Groups School Groups
1st Place – $500 1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $250 2nd Place – $250

Additional Partners:
AWIS STEM to Market Accelerator
NJIT Summer Innovation Accelerator Membership (No fees or equity taken)
Johnson & Johnson Consumer R&D Immersion.

Executive Summary The Executive Summary (following the template theme available above) should be submitted as a pdf file to awis_cjc@yahoo.com with subject line: Executive Summary. It is highly recommended that your Executive Summary highlight the most interesting and important elements of your plan that would inform an external reviewer or judge as to why your idea will succeed.

Business Plan The Business Plan should be an expanded version of the Executive Summary not exceeding 20 minutes during presentation. It should clearly explain your Products or Services, Market and Marketing Strategy, Operations, Management and Business Model (how your venture will makes money).

– Pitches will be judged on factors such as innovation of product/service, understanding of the market, growth and sustainability planning, the development of competitive advantage, the availability of management and skill sets, the strength of vision, and well-defined goals.
– A panel of judges will conduct a blind review of executive summaries to select and invite top teams for the final pitching & awarding event.
– On March 8, 2018, female leads from invited teams will give a 20 minute presentation of their business plan, including a 60 second Elevator Pitch.
Judges will evaluate the presentations and winners will be announced.
– All decisions by the judges will be final.

For more information on this event, please contact:
Kamana Misra
Association for women in Science, New Jersey


March 29, 2018