Sign up for the Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas and find out. Submit your new product idea online, and you’ll be competing for $100,000 in capital seed funding and in-kind services.

Submit Your Idea by December 31, 2015


  • Award Categories

    1. Suffolk Freshman Award
    2. Suffolk Undergraduate Student  Award (sophomore-senior)
    3. Suffolk Graduate Student Award
    4. Suffolk Alumni Award
    5. *Frugal Innovation Award: Recognizes inexpensive and useful products designed to help 4+ billion people who earn roughly $2 a day.
    6. *Urvashi Bhatia Green Product Award: Given to ideas that meet environmental needs.
    7. *Intrapreneur Award: Given to employees who develop an innovative product, service, or process that benefits their organization.

    *These awards are open to the general public. All other awards are only open to Suffolk University students and alumni.

  • Contest Rules

    • Your idea should be well-formulated. You don't need to physically create the product, but illustrations are encouraged and should be included in your application.
    • The idea can be inspired from an existing product or service, as long as it does not a replication.
    • You may apply individually or as a team.
    • Submissions will only be accepted online.

    Judging Criteria

    Boldness  Persuasiveness and coherence 
     Fulfillment of customers' needs Idea feasibility 
     Compelling benefits Environmental benefits 
     Competitive advantage Risks and related mitigation 
  • Prizes

    A team of business professionals will decide on finalists. The finalists then create development plans to compete for up to $100,000 in capital seed funding and professional services to help with fundraising, IP protection, incubator space, legal issues, prototyping, licensing, and product development. Finalists will also participate in a half-day new product workshop, connect with angel investors, and have access to free workspace in Framingham, MA.

    Once winners are selected and awarded cash/services, they are required to seek matching funding for their new product development.

    MassChallengeWinners will also be fast-tracked into the semi-final round of the MassChallenge Competition. MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached.

    The competition is supported by Innoget, the global open innovation marketplace for technical and scientific innovation.

  • Award Ceremony

    The finalists will be announced in the spring during the annual E-Vent Awards on April 16.

    This year’s keynote speaker is John Harthorne, founder and CEO of Boston-based MassChallenge, the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. He has more than 10 years of strategy, technology, and startup experience. 

    The event runs 6-8:00 p.m. on the 9th floor of 73 Tremont Street and is open to all seniors, competition contestants, and faculty.

  • Need Help?

    If you need help coming up with an idea, here are some growing problems that need solutions. See if you can come up with an innovative idea to solve them.

    • The U.S. throws away $165 billion worth of expired food every year
    • About 800 million worldwide do not have access to clean water
    • About 2.5 billion people worldwide lack improved sanitation facilities
    • Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the U.S. How do you improve internet security?
    • How do you ensure the safety and proper disposal of confidential documents?
    • How do you improve global access to quality healthcare?
    • How do you improve corporate global ethics?
    • Carbon pollution is the leading cause of climate change. How can we reduce carbon emissions in the automotive, electricity, and power plant industries?
    • Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide don’t have access to adequate sanitation.
    • As technology advances, there is a massive amount of data and information available today. How can we effectively manage and analyze it?
    • With more people throwing things away and the cost of natural resources rising, how can we make use of recycled materials?

    Innovation Hour

    Attend Innovation Hour with Executive in Residence Sushil Bhatia and receive feedback on your new product idea.

    Bhatia, who is a globally known innovator, entrepreneur, inventor, and author, will offer guidance to help you refine your idea. These mentorship sessions, open to Suffolk students and alumni, will help you increase your product’s competitive advantage, while providing compelling benefits for the consumer.

    Stop by Professor Bhatia's office (73 Tremont, Rm 7010) Monday or Wednesday at 2:30-3:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm.

    For more information, contact Sushil Bhatia at sbhatia@suffolk.edu.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Competition for Innovative Ideas offers several sponsorship packages. As a sponsor, you will increase your exposure, network with the business community, and promote your brand to 300+ energetic and vibrant entrepreneurs.

  • Sponsorship Packages

    1. Diamond Sponsor: $15,000

    • Opportunity to nominate 2-3 judges from your organization
    • Full-page ad in the program
    • Opportunity to serve as a Center for Entrepreneurship Innovative Ideas mentor
    • A plaque of appreciation
    • Your company placed on the Suffolk Ventures wall (alumni sponsors only)
    • You design the product parameters and the industry-specific problem that needs to be solved. The students come up with creative ways to solve it.

    2. Platinum Sponsor: $10,000

    • Opportunity to nominate 1-2 judges from your organization
    • 1/2 page ad in the program
    • Opportunity to serve as a Center for Entrepreneurship Innovative Ideas mentor
    • Your company logo placed on the Suffolk Ventures wall (alumni sponsors only)
    • You design the product parameters and the industry-specific problem that needs to be solved. The students come up with creative ways to solve it.     

    3. Gold Sponsor: $6,000

    • 1/2 page ad in the program
    • Opportunity to serve as a Center for Entrepreneurship Innovative Ideas mentor
    • Your company logo placed on the Suffolk Ventures wall (alumni sponsors only)

    All Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Sponsors will also receive:

    • Logo recognition on competition website
    • Recognition in press releases, posters, fliers, student orientation packets
    • Logo in program and on banner during award ceremony
    • Display table for goods or services
    • Recognition at the award ceremony with an introduction

    4. SILVER SPONSOR: $4,000

    • 1/4 page ad in the event program
    • Logo Recognition on the competition website
    • Recognition/acknowledgement in press releases, posters, flyers, student orientation packets
    • Logo in program and on banner during award ceremony
    • Display table for goods or services
    • Your company logo placed on the Suffolk Ventures wall (alumni sponsors only)
    • Recognition at the award ceremony with an introduction

    5. Bronze Sponsor: $2,500

    • Logo Recognition on the competition website
    • Logo in program and on banner during award ceremony
    • Sponsor recognition on signage
    • Your company placed on the Suffolk Ventures wall (alumni sponsors only)
    • Recognition at the award ceremony with an introduction
    • Table display for promotional materials, if desired