Questions? General questions about First Step Grand Challenges should be sent by email to Kelly Stevenson. Please specify First Step in the subject line.
|September 26, 2017||5 – 7 pm||Information Session||STAR Health Sciences Complex|
|October 9, 2017||Applications DUE – by 11:59 pm|
|October 17, 2017||5 – 7 pm||Incubator Event||STAR Health Sciences Complex|
|October 20, 2017||Selected Teams Notified|
|October 30, 2017||5 – 7 pm||Kick-Off Workshop Event||STAR Health Sciences Complex|
|November – February||Monthly Meetings with Mentor|
|February 12, 2018||5 – 7 pm||Check-In Event||Venture Development Center (VDC)|
|February 26, 2018||5 – 7 pm||PowerPoint/Report Prep and Pitch Event||Venture Development Center (VDC)|
|March 11, 2018||Project Reports DUE – by 11:59 pm|
|April 2, 2018||5 – 9 pm||Awards Ceremony / Poster Presentations||STAR Health Sciences Complex|
|TBD||4 – 9 pm||Hen Hatch & Innovation Showcase|
Students are invited to submit proposals focused on any societal or environmental Grand Challenge (e.g. health disparities, sustainable energy, economic development, education opportunity divide). For inspiration on topic selection, students should consider the following:
- United Nations News Centre
- National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges
- Grand Challenges for Global Health
- American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare
- University of Delaware Strategic Plan: Grand Challenges, Great Debates, Big Ideas
Examples of projects include but are not limited to proposals for addressing grand challenges through practice, policy, technology, social venturing, business, or research.
Details pertaining to team composition, mentors, program deliverables, funding awards, and more are available on the Program Details page.
First Step Grand Challenges was developed by leadership from the College of Health Sciences, including Dean Kathy Matt. Since 2015-16, it has expanded to operate as a University-wide platform supported by the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and the College of Health Sciences.