On April 23, UMass Amherst hosted a final regional summit in this year’s $1 million Hult Foundation startup competition. Now in its twelfth year, the international competition challenges student entrepreneurs to solve social issues such as food security (the theme of this year’s challenge), water access, energy, education, and other priorities.
In April, Minqi Wang, a postdoctoral UMass research associate since graduating in 2016, captured first place in the finals of the Innovation Challenge, an annual competition run by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.
Boston-based Vine Farmer, founded by Jace Chaffee '08 and his brother Kaden Chaffee '10, imports and wholesales wines from growers in Italy and Germany for sale to retailers and restaurants in Massachusetts.
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge began with The Minute Pitch on Monday, Oct. 13. Determined by a panel of industry expert judges, $2,500 in prize money was awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams and the audience choice selection.
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Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part 2019-20 Innovation Challenge concluded with The Final on Wednesday, September 23. In front of a panel of four judges, four student-led startups gave five-minute pitches describing their ventures and participated in a five-minute Q&A session.
On top of receiving the Outstanding Recreation Student Org Award for the second year in a row, the Entrepreneurship Club also took home the Campus Impact Award, which recognizes an innovative initiative that has had a positive effect on the university.
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