Call for applications for the Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise

Call for applications to compete in the June 5 Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise!
 
The IDEA Hub encourages students from all divisions to apply and seeks to accept projects strongly committed to social and creative entrepreneurship including all current funding recipients of IDEA Hub funding.
 
To apply to be in the contest fill out the form below: 

The deadline to apply to compete in Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise is May 7, midnight.

Spring 2019 IDEA Hub call for proposals for funding

Apply for a Spring 2019 Fellowship!

Spring 2019 IDEA Hub call for proposals for funding

The deadline to submit a proposal and apply for funding is May 31 2019.

 

 

The IDEA Hub encourages students from all divisions to apply and seeks to accept projects strongly committed to social and creative entrepreneurship.

Applicants the IDEA Hub accepts into its program will receive:

  • Access to all four incubation hubs (Community Media and Mapping Lab of the Everett Program, OpenLab, S-lab, and VizLab)
  • Workshops for developing professional skills and projects
  • Mentorship to help bring projects to fruition
  • At least $500 to launch. Awards up to $2500 are available for projects that can prove their sustainability and marketability. Budgets will be required for additional funds.

To Apply, submit your creative or social-benefitting business proposal by filling out the submission forms below:

Sole Entrant or Team Leader Proposal Submission Form
Team Member Information Form

Information Session for Students about CIED and IDEA Hub

 
Calling all undergraduates, graduate students, and graduates interested in entrepreneurship, competing in Slug Tank, and finding out more about IDEA Hub and CIED opportunities!
Monday, 11/6 from 6:00-7:00pm at E2-599 (the Engineering 2 Conference Room)
Arrive by 5:30 for FREE pizza and soda!
At this information session find out about:
  • Responding to the IDEA Hub’s call for proposals for funding. Apply for funding for your socially beneficial and/or artistically creative enterprise. The deadline to apply is November 2, with funding awarded November 16. Find out how to submit a strong application!
  • Slug Tank, the 3-minute business pitch competition, happening November 30, 6-7:30 p.m., in Kresge Town Hall. Find out how to put together a video of your pitch to apply to compete live on November 30! Deadline to apply is midnight, November 16.
  • Resources for entrepreneurs at UCSC through CIED and IDEA Hub!

Apply for a 2019 Fellowship!!

The IDEA Hub is now accepting applications for 2019 Fellowship funds. Open to graduates, undergraduates, and graduating seniors. November 2, 2018 is the deadline to apply for financial support to move your project past the proof-of-concept stage and seed your enterprise ideas.

Click HERE for more information.

Fall Quarter’s IDEA Hub Open House

Are you curious to know more about the IDEA Hub? Thinking about applying for funding this year? Join us for Fall Quarter’s IDEA Hub Open House!  Register here!

Are you interested in pursuing an idea or venture related to either social or creative entrepreneurship? Connect with and learn about UC Santa Cruz faculty leaders and students who are pursuing innovative solutions to social problems and developing creative enterprises!

IDEA Hub Open House
Friday, October 19
3:00–5:00 p.m.
McHenry Library
David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons (ground floor)
VizWall area

Schedule:

3:00–3:15 Directors introduce campus incubation spaces
3:15–4:15 Student project presentations
4:15–5:00 Mingling with students who are tabling

Light refreshments provided!

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The four IDEA Hub incubation spaces on campus and their directors:

Questions? Contact Nathan Westrup at nwestrup@ucsc.edu.

 

Winners of the 2018 IDEA Hub Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise

IDEA Hub, under the aegis of CIED, sponsored the 2nd annual Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise, again prior to the June Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sun Terrace of the Seaside Company’s Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Twelve creatively artistic and/or socially beneficial student business projects competed for $6000 in prize money:

Winners:

First place, $3000

Frequen-Sees

Team members: Randall Hill, Daniel Lopez, Denzel Mapp, Perla Plascencia, Jennifer Sowash
Glasses device that detects above-waist objects for the blind and visually impaired.

A consistent challenge that many blind and low vision individuals face is avoiding obstacles while traveling, especially in unfamiliar places. In a study of 300 blind and low vision participants, 41 percent reported head-level collisions at least once a month. These collisions can cause physical harm and emotional distress, which results in lowered confidence when traveling and reduces the frequency at which they leave their homes. While tools like the white cane or guide dog are popular within the blind community, they are only partial solutions. These tools have a significant range limitation that prevents users from being able to detect objects higher than their waists. To compensate for these field of range limitations, a practical solution is to create a head-level obstacle detection system encased in a pair of glasses. This provides an additional area of detection coverage that tools like the white cane or guide dog fail to take into account. The glasses, combined with the white cane or guide dog, extend the users range of detection head-to-toe. The product will alert users of any potentially dangerous object that resides within its detectable range of 6 feet.

Second place, $2000
Foodzi
Team members: Sheryl Ratnam
Food-ordering app for healthy, home-cooked meals

Third place, $1000
Magnetocs
Team members: Tyler Shewbert, Justin Yau, Evan Zaro
Eddy current separators for efficient non-magnetic metal sorting for recycling

Honorable Mention, $500
Cryptanna
Team members: Steffen Mahnke, Elliot Eckholm, Dana Licata
Crypto-currency investment management application

The four judges were:

The other student-led projects in the competition were:

Cryptanna
Steffen Mahnke, Elliot Eckholm, Dana Licata
Crypto-currency management

Engineers Without Borders, UCSC
Toby Gay, Jamal Kamli, Rohan Kumar, Josh Land, Denice Leffew, José Ramos
Solar-powered home-lighting systems

Gastropod
Reem Aldayafleh, Luz Lule Camargo, Luke Chang, Michael Nygaard
Natural-gas-meter monitoring system

Let's Get Social
Parul Wadhwa
Affordable virtual-reality storytelling platform for non-profits

SlugSat
Qingyu Han (team leader), Stefan Berchtold, Randall Blankenship, Kobe Dong, Sterling Dreyer, Tyler Eaves, Sage Emerson, Dena Giovinazzo, Veronica Hovanessian, Rogelio Juarez, Natalie King, Daniel Lloyd, Giovanni Magana, Kevin Mai, Andrew Matthews, Sarah Mitchell, Sofia Pando, Calvin Ryan, Kelly Tu, Ryan van den Vlekkert, Azikiwe Wicker
Launching miniature satellites into low-earth orbit for communications use by amateur radio operators around the world

Smart Solar Siting
Andrew Guterres, Henry Hargreaves, Mattheo Ioannou, Sam Singh, Chris Smith, Nicki Thompson
Automated solar installation site evalution on a smart phone

SPECS
Qingyu Han, Natalie King, Sarah Mitchell, Alec Reid, Kerry Veenstra, Chris Villalpando, Azikiwe Wicker
reliable, solar-powered emergency radio stations

Te Miti Sportswear
Grace Reed, K'Love Mercader
Sustainably produced, biodegradable bikinis and sportswear for watersports

WaterLab 2.0
Matthew Cavallero, Jeffrey Chen, Daxing Deng, Kenneth Jones, Derek Quiroz
Self-contained and autonomous advanced water treatment system

IDEA Hub Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise

IDEA Hub, under the aegis of CIED, sponsors the 2nd annual Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise, again prior to the June Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Cocoanut Grove
Sun Room Terrace

If you have a creatively artistic and/or socially beneficial business idea, apply to compete in this competition by sending an enterprise summary with the following information (maximum of two pages) to cied@ucsc.edu:

  • name of business or team
  • all team members and their affiliations to UCSC (at least one team member must be a UCSC student, undergraduate or graduate)
  • contact information for team leader
  • 1-sentence mission statement
  • problem the business solves
  • intended customers and value the business brings to those customers
  • competing products or services and why your innovation offers a better solution

The deadline to apply to compete in Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise is Friday, May 25, noon PST.

IDEA Hub accepting proposals for 2018

The IDEA Hub encourages students from all divisions to apply and seeks to accept projects strongly committed to social and creative entrepreneurship.

Undergraduates, including graduating seniors, may apply for a three- to six-month fellowship. Applications should include a one-page project proposal plus a work plan and budget. Some additional funding is available for project development. Fellowships are reserved for students working on projects that are past the idea stage, with funds intended to move them to implementation.

Applicants the IDEA Hub accepts into its program will receive:

  • Access to all four incubation hubs (Community Media and Mapping Lab of the Everett Program, OpenLab, S-lab, and VizLab)
  • Workshops for developing professional skills and projects
  • Mentorship to help bring projects to fruition
  • At least $500 to launch. Awards up to $2500 are available for projects that can prove their sustainability and marketability. Budgets will be required for additional funds.

Email your creative or social-benefitting business proposal to cied@ucsc.edu by May 18, 2018.

The next Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup is June 6, 2018

Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp offers opportunities to learn about new technology startups in the Santa Cruz region and to connect with jobs and key shakers in our tech ecosystem. UCSC students with valid ID receive a reduced entry fee. Regular entrance fee is $10 or $15 per person, depending on the venue. Admission includes food, beverage, live music, and company presentations.

The next Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup is:

June 6, 2018
6 p.m.
Cocoanut Grove (at the Boardwalk)
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz

Join the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup online to register to attend this event.