Got an idea for a product, service, or social venture? Not quite sure what to do with it? Then join the IDEA Accelerator. This fast paced program is for Worcester State students who want to validate their idea and figure out if it is worth pursuing. The action-based format uses a series of entrepreneurial “sprints” to get the idea out of your head, tested, and refined. At the end of each sprint, we share our work and celebrate our accomplishments.
Sprint #1 Explore Your IDEA: Develop your customer value proposition (weeks 1 to 2)
Sprint #2 Pursue Your IDEA: Find your viable business model (weeks 3 to 6)
Sprint #3 Communicate Your IDEA: Tell the story of your idea (weeks 7 - 10)
Robert K. O’Brien ‘58 Next Big Idea Competition
The finale to the IDEA Accelerator is the Robert K. O'Brien '58 Next Big Idea Competition, where the five finalists compete for cash awards and venture seed money.
Eligibility, Rules, and Guidelines
The competition is open to all current Worcester State University students who have a student driven, student created, or student managed venture idea.
The guidelines and rules:
Intellectual Property Considerations