We believe the strongest solutions to complex problems come from a diversity of thought, experiences and backgrounds. This initiative brings together UCLA students from all disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate on driving a positive change in society.
Use technology (digital or otherwise) to create a solution that will significantly improve accessibility, affordability, health outcomes or care delivery in U.S. healthcare.
Use technology (digital or otherwise) to create a solution that will significantly improve the sustainability of our environment in the following areas: water, energy, climate, transportation, and ecosystems.
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- Workshop and Event Series: Learn the best practices related to innovation management.
- Networking: Inspire and facilitate team formation.
- Registration: Submit written plan online.
- Qualifying Review: Judges review plans and select finalists in each track to continue to the final round.
- Advising Program: Finalists get the opportunity to connect with SME principals for guidance in refining their proposed innovations.
- Final Round: Top teams pitch their business plans to a panel of expert judges.
- Closing Event: Winning team from each track pitches their venture and share their leadership learnings with a greater audience at an event hosted by the Easton Center.
Building a Financial Model - Wed, 10/19/2022
Fundamentals of Team Formation - Wed, 11/2/2022
Pitching to Investors - Wed, 11/9/2022
Biodesign Mixer: Innovation Challenge, 1/10/2023
Social Impact and Sustainability Mixer: Innovation Challenge, 1/17/2023
Issues and Economics in the Healthcare Industry: A Discussion for Entrepreneurs - Tue, 1/24/2023
"Participating in the Innovation Challenge was exactly what our team needed to take our idea to the next level - the feedback from the judges not only helped us fortify our strengths, but also pointed out the critical weaknesses that we needed to address. Since the core of our team is rooted in the David Geffen School of Medicine, this competition has opened up our idea to the expertise and perspectives of the broader intellectual community at UCLA. The connections we have made, as well as the publicity and attention our idea has since garnered, have given us tremendous momentum."
CranioView (1st place winner, 2020 Innovation Challenge – Healthcare)
"The Innovation Challenge is the reason we exist today as a new startup. And it took cross-campus collaboration to make this happen! We are a fully remote team who came together after our CTO, a PhD candidate at the Samueli School of Engineering, posted an abstract about this novel, early- cancer screening technology. That one abstract and this Innovation Challenge opportunity catapulted us to push this unique technology out of academia into commercialization where its real world value can be realized. We've had incredible mentors along the way from Anderson and the Sameuli School of Engineering. Business acumen meets Engineering talent -- that's how UCLA can encourage more cross-campus collaboration, regardless of where you live in the world!"
Nur Labs (2nd place winner, 2020 Innovation Challenge – Healthcare)
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"Our team had identified a critical need in the healthcare system. The Easton Innovation Challenge helped push us to not only come up with a potential concept to address this problem, but also assess the overall context of its impact and develop a roll-out strategy to make it a real world solution."
SigmaSense (3rd place winner, 2020 Innovation Challenge – Healthcare)
Special thanks to Dean Tony Bernardo for his continued support of this very important cross campus initiative
For questions, please contact Connor Dougherty, Innovation Challenge Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org OR schedule a 1:1 meeting via Calendly.