2015 Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition

Calling All Entrepreneurs and Innovators!

All Tech students are invited to participate in or join the audience for the 2015 Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition on the evening of Nov. 12th. Each participant will have 120 seconds to pitch their business idea to a panel of expert judges. Pitch or come out and see the show and network with Tech’s most entrepreneurial students! Expect professional sound and lights and a large crowd (seats 400+). The event will be followed by a showing of the movie Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher.

1st Prize:

  • $1000 cash
  • $5000 expense account*
  • 1 year of Smartzone office space
  • $2500 business consulting**

2nd Prize: $500 cash

3rd Prize: $250 cash

Audience Favorite: $200 cash

*Expense valid for one year to reimburse startup expenses

**Startup business counseling services provided by the Michigan Tech Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement to include intellectual property, commercialization, and capital fundraising strategy development. Services are valued at $2,500 will be provided in collaboration with the Michigan Small Business Development Center and the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship. Delivery of these services will not affect ownership of intellectual property or of the startups receiving the services.

2015 EPC Flyer Updated


The James Madison Fellowship Program

The James Madison Fellowship Program seeks to strengthen teaching in the nation’s schools in regards to the framing, principles, and history of the U.S. Constitution by supporting college graduates who are interested in teaching American history, American government, and social studies at the secondary school level. The program’s goal is to ensure that secondary school teachers are knowledgeable and informed in these important civic subjects.

The James Madison Memorial Foundation is offering $24,000 in fellowships to qualified Graduate applicants this year. As an applicant, you need only compete against others within your state. The Foundation is hoping to award one fellowship per state every year and the 2016 application period is now open.

To learn more about this unique opportunity and to apply visit http://www.jamesmadison.gov/.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 1st, 2016.

Michigan Tech faculty representative for this fellowship is Mary Durfee (mhdurfee@mtu.edu). If you would like some advice or guidance with the application process you may email her to set up a time to meet.


ORAU Now Accepting Applications for Inaugural ORNL Challenge Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Challenge Program, an innovative new program designed to give undergraduates an early start on the scientific process and solving real world science problems. The program is a 10-week summer internship that awards winning candidates a competitive weekly stipend, furnished housing, and travel assistance to and from ORNL. Participants will be able to conduct hands-on research under the direction of a scientist or engineer at ORNL.

Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate junior or senior in good standing at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Participants are selected based on their ability to derive a solution to a research Challenge Question. The two challenges are “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets Challenge” and “The ORNL Distributed Energy Research Challenge.”

For an in-depth technical description of each Challenge project, and to learn how to apply, visit the ORNL Challenge Program website at www.orau.org/ornlchallenge. The application window closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2016. For any questions about this program, please contact Nicie Murphy, nicie.murphy@orau.org or at (865) 241-6958.