The BCIT Student Innovation Challenge just launched for 2017. It’s an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to BCIT students who have bright ideas. Students can win cash and prizes to help launch their ideas into a business or prototype.
Since its founding, the Student Innovation Challenge has inspired innovative and high-impact student projects. And it can pay off BIG time. Take, for example, Gabriel Castanon. His wine aerator, the Venterosso, won the 2013 Student Innovation Challenge. By the end of that year, the first shipment of aerators were available through Vancouver retailers. They are now available in London Drugs and on Amazon.
“This would not have been possible without BCIT!” says Castanon. “Thank you for all your support and advice.”
The Applied Research Liaison Office and supporters from all over BCIT work with these outstanding students to assist them in connecting with partners/industry in growing their ideas.
“This is a really inspiring competition it pushes students, from all program areas of our campuses, to think outside the box,” says Dr. Kim Dotto, Dean BCIT Applied Research. “BCIT is always looking for the bright lights in our student population, as well as for innovative partners. If anyone is interested in partnering with BCIT Applied Research or sponsoring this project, inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.”