BCIT launches $5,000 contest for entrepreneurial students

The Applied Research Liaison Office (ARLO) recently launched BCIT Innovates, a contest aimed at connecting students with BCIT’s commercialization expertise and services. The contest carries a grand prize worth $5,000 and encourages students to adopt an entrepreneurial stance early in their careers.

Developed by Tim Reitsma and Martina Carmona of ARLO, the contest awards students money and resources to bring their ideas to market.

How did the idea come about? “Recently, I heard that there were a few engineering students looking for intellectual property assistance and they did not know where to go,” explains Tim. “This contest is aimed at people like them; students who have the passion to create a new product, service, business, or social enterprise. And the best part, they can win a prize worth $5,000 to support their idea!”

Students can enter by submitting their idea (via a PDF entry form) to ARLO. A judging panel made up of BCIT faculty and staff will select the top five entries to move to the second phase. The selected entrants will then pitch their projects to the judging panel. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and up to $4,000 in BCIT commercialization services. See the full contest details here.