Category Archives: Competitions and Challenges

Gold Rush TV Show Searching Michigan Tech for STEM Talent

The cable television show “Gold Rush” follows gold miners’ efforts to strike it big in the Klondike. On Wednesday (Feb. 20), a production team from the popular Discovery Channel show will be on the Michigan Tech campus during Spring Career Fair, hoping to hit pay dirt in its search for a STEM graduate.

An ad by the Discovery Channel indicates series star Parker Schnabel is looking for a “talented individual who could conduct an empirical analysis of Little Flake Mine (Dawson, Yukon Territory), to maximize productivity.”

Schnabel is seeking an individual with a “head for numbers” that can identify ways to improve his operation.

Adam Griffis, manager of on-campus recruiting, said a producer on the show, along with an assistant will arrive in Houghton Tuesday to participate in the semi-annual career fair in the SDC.

“They’ll be at the Career Fair with a TV to show episodes of “Gold Rush” and will conduct interviews immediately afterward. No mining experience is necessary and 2019 graduates are welcome to apply.

Michigan Tech is one of just three Universities the production crew will visit in the search for a STEM graduate. The crew will also pay a visit to Princeton and Cornell.

Those interested but unable to attend Career Fair may still apply for this exciting opportunity at Parker.Schnabel@raw.co.uk. The deadline for application is Sunday, Feb. 24.

By Career Services.


Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will host the annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, in the MUB Ballroom.

This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills. Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur both days of the colloquium. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions. The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.

There are still many presentation slots available. Feel free to encourage any graduate students you know who could present to sign-up. Registrations are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 20 via the following Google form.

Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations. The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience. If you have a couple of free hours in your schedule please consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.

GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability. If you are interested fill out the following Google form.

If you have any additional questions, contact Jacob Blazejewski.

By the Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas.

The competition will run for the month of February and the team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match up of to $1,000. Additional monetary awards will also be offered.

Projects must be submitted by 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 on Superior Ideas in order to enter into the competition. The application and guidelines can be found on Husky Innovate or by contacting Natasha Chopp.

By Superior Ideas.



New Venture Competition April 12

The last event in the Husky Innovate series will take place at Central Michigan University on April 12. For the ninth year, Michigan Tech and Central Michigan are collaborating to offer their students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Competition (NVC) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Students compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

Are you a student with a great business idea, or do you want to team up with a student who has a great business idea? If so, the New Venture Competition provides an exciting venue to pitch your business, get valuable feedback, network with representatives within Michigan’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and last but not least, perhaps win some valuable prize money.

The NVC provides a transformational experience in which students are able to earn start-up funds for their new venture. Students will have multiple opportunities to connect with experienced entrepreneurs, alumni, business professionals, venture capital experts, angel investors and faculty and community leaders.

Students who are interested must submit an “Intent to Compete” application for the New Venture Competition by Friday (Jan. 11). Register and apply.

By Lisa Casper.


World Water Day 2019 at Michigan Tech

World Water Day 2019 will be celebrated at Michigan Tech from March 21 to March 26 with a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the UN World Water Day theme, “Leaving No One Behind – Human Rights: Near and Far.”

On Thursday, March 21, the green film “Marathon for Justice” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Forestry Building G002.

On Monday, March 25, a keynote lecture by Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder, president and CEO of We the People of Detroit will take place at 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. Lewis-Patrick is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and D-REM.org, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October 2015. The keynote lecture will open with a Welcome to Traditional Homelands by members of the Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers.

Also on Monday, March 25, the World Water Day Poster Competition will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The Poster Competition includes entries from graduate and undergraduate students in two categories: Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Faculty are welcome to assign individual or group posters in their courses if applicable to the course. Click here to download Poster Registrations.

On Tuesday, March 26, a panel discussion, an art reception and closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the GLRC 202. Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE) will moderate the panel alongside Lewis-Patrick. Other panelists have yet to be determined.

The World Water Day events will close with a reception following the panel discussion and a closing ceremony by the Woodland Singers.

From March 15 through June 15, an art show featuring Daniel Hill, Josh Jaehnig and Jonathan Soper will be on display in the first and second floors of the GLRC.

Visit the World Water Day website for more information about the upcoming events.


Bob Mark Business Model Competition Applications Now Open at Michigan Tech

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Opie Library. Students can apply to compete here.

The 2018 Bob Mark competition includes an idea pitch and a business model description. This event takes place later in the year so that contestants will have the opportunity to develop their business model through participation in Husky Innovate workshops. Using Lean Launchpad methods and the Business Model Canvas, students will share insights from customer interviews.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches. Using prize money, students have a chance to take their entrepreneurial idea to the next stage of development further preparing them for additional opportunities such as competing at the New Venture Competition held in April at Central Michigan University.

President Koubek will serve as a distinguished judge alongside other entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff and community members.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize – $2,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Second Prize – $1,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Third Prize – $500 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Honorable Mention (2 prizes) – $250 each
  • Audience Favorite – $250
  • MTEC SmartZone prize – $1000

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice in the School of Business and Economics. Mark founded the Elevator Pitch Competition and brought the Business Plan Competition to Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition and other efforts support his entrepreneurial spirit and that continues to live on in students, faculty, and staff.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition in October are strongly encouraged to apply to compete in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition.

Students should apply by submitting this form no later than midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (before Thanksgiving break). The top 15 applicants will be selected to participate in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Students who upload a business model canvas to their application will be given priority consideration. Student guidelines, scoring criteria and a blank Business Model Canvas can be found at mtu.edu/honors/ice/husky-innovate.

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success. Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

By Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.


Michigan Tech Business Model Canvas Bootcamp

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host Business Model Canvas Bootcamp, a two-part workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and 28 in Rekhi 214.

Using the Business Model Canvas, students will work with members of the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program teaching team to develop a business model for their technology or idea.

The Business Model Canvas is a tool developed by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. It emphasizes the relationships of the nine components of a business model:

  1. Customer Segments
  2. Value Propositions
  3. Channels
  4. Customer Relationships
  5. Revenue Streams
  6. Key Resources
  7. Key Activities
  8. Key Partnerships
  9. Cost Structure.

Check out this short video for a brief overview of the Business Model Canvas. The idea is that business plans are static while a successful business model needs to be dynamic. A successful business venture requires a tool that allows one to quickly assess the impact of changes and adjust accordingly.

The I-Corps teaching team will guide students through the process of developing their unique business model. Students will map out their canvas with a specific focus on the value proposition and the customer segments after developing a hypothesis around the nine components, focusing on the customer segment and its “pain points.”

From there they will then test their hypothesis through customer interviews or customer discovery. “Does your solution create value for your customer segment?” Based on the customer discovery process, they will understand if they need to adjust their value proposition and pivot.

Business Model Bootcamp is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development to help them prepare for future competitions, as well as future intrapreneurial and/or entrepreneurial business ventures. Registration for this workshop is required.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition and/or plan to compete in the upcoming Bob Mark Business Model Competition, are strongly encouraged to register for Business Model Canvas Bootcamp.

There is a cap of 25 contestants for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Priority will be given to those who have completed the Business Model Boot Camp. Husky Innovate is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the School of Business and Economics, Pavlis Honors College and the Vice President for Research Office.

by Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship



Introducing Michigan Tech Husky Innovate Workshops and Pitch Competitions

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics, announces a new series of workshops and events for students called Husky Innovate. Husky Innovate is a succession of workshops and competitions guiding students through key phases of innovation and business development, while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success.

Students are encouraged to participate in any/all events of their choosing, whether they’re interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and innovation to distinguish their résumé, or they want to start their own business and build knowledge, expertise and confidence through participation.

Students who challenge themselves to pitch their idea at a national, state or regional competition will find the Husky Innovate track provides a solid foundation for achieving their goals. The workshops and events emphasize experiential learning and provide the opportunity to get valuable feedback from peers and mentors.

The Idea Pitch Competition will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in M&M U113. During the two-minute pitch competition, students will share their favorite innovative and disruptive idea in an interactive community setting. Cash prizes will be awarded. Students should registerearly; participation is limited to the first 30 registrants.

See more events and upcoming workshops at mtu.edu/husky-innovate.

By Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.