• what is the Provost's Innovation Challenge?

    The Provost's Innovation Challenge (formerly called QuackHatch) is a cross-campus business idea competition open to University of Oregon students of all majors. Pitch your business idea for a chance to win part of a $10,000 cash pool available in seed funding.


    We are particularly looking for transformative 'big ideas' that can have a significant social and/or environment impact on society. Innovative solutions that address the environment, energy, global health, agriculture and food systems, inclusion and equity, literacy, and smart cities are particularly encouraged to apply. Learn more by attending one of our upcoming information sessions (see details below).


    Applicants will be assigned one of two tracks based on how 'big' their idea. Each track will have winners that receive the following seed funding to advance their venture further:





    Additionally, teams with the best physical product idea can win $500 from Invent Oregon to develop their product further and possibly represent the university at the statewide Invent Oregon competition in June.

  • who

    This competition is open to University of Oregon students of all majors.

    • This competition is for new business ideas (ideas not created before Spring 2019).
    • Solo entrepreneurs and teams are eligible to apply provided at least one founder (applicant) is a full-time, enrolled UO student.
    • All founders included on the application must have an equity stake in the venture.
    • Expansions of existing companies are not eligible.
    • Ventures that have raised capital from outside sources are not eligible. Exceptions include funds committed by the founders themselves, revenue generated from the company or funds raised from business competition winnings.
    • Founders can be on one application only.
  • when

    Information Sessions: January 13,14,16,21,and 22, 2020

    6PM I Location: Lillis Business Complex 255


    Learn more about the competition including what the competition designates as a 'big idea'. Pizza will be available to all who attend.

    Application Due: January 26, 2020

    Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, Jan. 26th. Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, January 29th and will be required to go through pitch preparation with an assigned mentor and further refinement of their business model.

    Mentor Match: January 29, 2020

    6PM I Location TBA


    Meet your assigned mentor and review the competition 'check-in' guidelines so that you are adequately prepared for the final presentations. Light refreshments will be available for guests.

    Final Presentations: March 11, 2020

    6PM I Location TBA


    Light refreshments will be available for guests.


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  • how to apply

    Submit a 1 to 2-page executive summary and a 60- 90 sec. video pitch. Upload your video pitch to a YouTube or Vimeo account. For info on how to write a successful executive summary, click here and/or use this template


    Send your final and complete application to Kate Harmon, kharmon2@uoregon.edu, no later than midnight on Sunday, January 26th, 2020.

    Part 1: Written Application


    For your executive summary, focus on the following key areas:




    Describe your concept. What is the specific idea? Who is the customer? What is the value proposition? Explain the “pain” addressed and the solution this concept provides.




    How will the business generate revenue? What are your expected sources of revenue? Why will this concept succeed? Is this a viable concept?


    Market Opportunity:


    Calculate the market size or potential. What will be your measure of success? What is the financial potential of your concept? What competition do you anticipate (direct and indirect) Why is your concept better? Describe the risks of this market opportunity.




    Who is on your management team? Skills, background, etc.What are your anticipated roles?What skills does your team lack and how will you fill the gap?


    Part 2: Video Pitch


    Please create a 60-90 second video elevator pitch of your idea. You may use any format that is compatible with YouTube or Vimeo.

  • Congratulations to our 2019 winners & finalists!

    • First Place Nick Tizler, Commentator.tv
    • Second Place Julia Butts and Dylan Gallutera, NoteShift
    • Third Place Harley Emery, Informer
    Our InventOR winners
    • Jackson Houdek, Drew Lemke, Jerry Jiang, Han Wang, SquishyTime
    • Julia Butts and Dylan Gallutera, NoteShift
    Our Finalists
    • Jenna Boerlin, Dylan Conway, Kevin Lee, Johnny Rosenblad, Noah Seumalu and Cruz Vasquez, SpotMe
    • Noah Camuso, Mounir El Jamal, Luke Hanson, Connor Rosenberg, Frontier Drinks
    • Aaron O'Hara and Sophie Littlejohn, MicroMix
    • Mike Silver, DudeCoin

  •  Congratulations to our 2018 winners & finalists!

    • First Place: Rishika Krishna, Chromatec
    • Second Place: Kaheawai Kaonohi and Drew Balog, MOD Medix
    • Third Place: Eli Ackerman and Adrian Martushev, TutorTree
    And our finalists!
    • Ben Kitoko and David Richtenburg, Prettli
    • William Schoeffler and JC Oritz, Reva
    • Marshall Hunger, Evan Knowles and Matthew Knowles, Grip
    • Tanner Stickling, Justin LeBuhn and David Crinnion, AlgoteK
    • Julia Sherman and Thomas Sprott, Peaches

  • Congratulations to our 2017 winners & finalists!

    • First Place Tin Le and Josh Lyman, Motive Mobile App
    • Second Place Liz Olson, Joseph Yaconelli and Chris Ableidinger, LittMitt
    • Third Place Logan Dix, Devin Santamaria and Jason Stofiel, Sypht

    And our finalists!

    • Nick Capaldini, CapSim
    • Max Chung, Light Shield LLC
    • Micah Miller, Driven-U
    • Drew Williams, Mohammed Bajoda and Mulezem Kedir, Alconn

  • Congratulations to our 2016 winners & finalists!

    • 1st Place Spencer Holton, Trail Supply Co.
    • 2nd Place Leila Mozaffarian, DuckFeet
    • 3rd Place Garett Roberts, Garowr

    And our finalists!

    • Keenan Hoar, Wildwood Towers
    • Nick Capaldini, Virus
    • Mason Buechler, Tribol
    • Emily Martin, charlee
    • Thomas Blase, Tyler Kamerer, Alex Reinhart, Siobhan Mead, Light Lock

  • Questions?

    Contact Kate Harmon, Director of Cross-Campus Engagement at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at kharmon2@uoregon.edu