Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas

Over the past decade, the Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas has awarded more than $300,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services to more than 25 competition winners. The funding and services have helped budding entrepreneurs explore the possibility that their innovative ideas are business opportunities. Does your idea have what it takes to become a startup?

Competition Information

Frugal Innovation Award*: Recognizes useful and affordable products designed to help the more than four billion people who live on $2 a day

Green Product Award*: Recognizes products that meet environment needs, such as recycling, upcycling, etc.

Undergraduate Award

Graduate Award

Alumni Award

General Category*: Any idea that solves a major problem

*Open to everyone, including competitors from outside Suffolk University

To apply, you must submit an entry form and an idea pitch video (five minutes maximum; longer videos will not be reviewed). that's no longer than five-minutes (longer videos will not be reviewed). You must make your video video in a format that includes a link, such as YouTube. Your entry form must also reference this link.

For the entry form and other competition details, please email us

This competition is held online via Zoom. Once you submit your completed entry form, you'll receive a link so you can present to the judges.

Innovation Hour

We encourage you to attend our online Innovation Hour (held via Zoom) every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. (US-EST) to discuss your ideas, receive feedback, and get your questions answered.

Who is eligible to enter?

All Suffolk University alumni and current students are eligible. In addition, the Frugal Innovation Award, Green Product Award, and General Category are open to everyone. 

How do I apply?

Email us to receive the entry form and other competition information.

When are applications due?

You must complete the entry form, participate in Innovation Hour, and submit your five-minute idea pitch video by 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

Sushil Bhatia, MBA, PhD
Executive in Residence, Management and Entrepreneurship


George G. Moker, MBA, CPA
Instructor of Management and Entrepreneurship