Innovate@BU Idea Cup

Take your ideas from classroom to community!

BU students are taking courses across the University where they are making change in business and tech ventures, as artists and creatives, and as advocates compelled to innovate along lines of social inequity and injustice. These courses develop coders, business administrators, fine artists, engineers, social workers, policy designers, curators, and so much more.

Want to leverage Innovate@BU resources to continue working on your innovative course idea or project with your faculty member’s support? Apply for the Fall 2019 Innovate@BU Idea Cup! 

The Innovate@BU Idea Cup was established to highlight—and award— course ideas taking any form and hailing from every corner, school, and college of the University. These are, simply, the most innovative ideas of the 2019 summer and fall semesters. 

Apply by November 17

Who should apply?

Everyone! Maybe you’re a student team in a product engineering class with a prototype, a Communication student who has created a new podcast, a Fine Arts student with an idea for a student-driven production, an MBA student with a fin-tech business model, a Public Health student hoping to reduce the burden of copays and health insurance for low-income families, or a Theology student wanting to create a program in your church for leaders to gain interfaith leadership skills.

No matter what expertise you bring to your idea, what tools and frameworks you use to generate novelty, or what kind of issue your idea addresses, we invite you and your faculty sponsor to apply. We aim to showcase a variety of ideas from across BU’s 17 schools and colleges.


Fall 2019 Timeline

  • Friday, November 1: Applications open

  • Sunday, November 17: Applications close (midnight) 

  • Friday, November 22: Finalists announced and notified

  • Thursday, Dec. 5: Idea Cup Finale
    •  5:30 pm: Set up Showcase Table and meet judges
    • 6-6:15 pm: Showcase tables
    • 6:15-7:15 pm: 1min team pitches with 2min of Q&A from judges
    • 7:15-7:45 pm: Audience voting and showcase tables while judges deliberate
    • 7:45- 8:00 pm: Announce winners and networking