Franklin Innovation Challenge

Sponsored by Franklin & Marshall’s Entrepreneurship Club   

Franklin Innovative Challenge


Dear F&M Student:

On behalf of the Entrepreneurship Club at F&M, we are pleased to inform you that we are starting the 2nd Annual Franklin Innovation Challenge in the Fall Semester this year.  The purpose for the earlier start is to provide more opportunities for mentoring and planning in order to make the 2nd year even better than the first.  While you still have until February 10, 2012 to finalize your team, idea and prepare your initial submission, we have started a registration process now so that you can be made aware of, and participate in, alumni-directed informational sessions.  At these sessions, dates/times/locations to be announced, we will have alumni come to F&M and advise you on how to develop your business plans, research your ideas and prepare your presentation so that you will be ready for the Challenge!

Register now by going to our Registration Page on the website and completing the information requested. in order to be on our email list and be notified of these great opportunities for networking with alumni and learning first-hand how to research your business idea, prepare your business summary, business plan and final presentation.  These informational sessions will take place between November 2011 and January 2012. 

In the 1st Annual Franklin Innovation Challenge, we had 89 submissions, representing over 150 F&M students and 20 different F&M majors/minors.  These talented students came from eight countries and 10 states.  The finalists were awarded $9,000 in prize money and all participants benefited from their opportunity to work directly with F&M alumni. 

We had over 30 alumni volunteer as mentors and judges for the event and are planning on having even more this year. 

Here is the information about this year’s event and the anticipated schedule:

Categories include:

  1. Open – any innovative business idea that will add value to our communities,
  2. Environmental Sustainability/Social Entrepreneurship – a new organization or project for an existing organization to either advance the environmental sustainability of our communities to address a pressing or persistent social problem in our communities.

October 17, 2011 - Registration Opens – Even if you have not formed your team and determined your idea, register right away in order to be notified of the mentoring sessions and workshops that will take place from November to January. Email and provide all team member names, email addresses, class years and majors. 

November 2011–January 2012 - Planning/Mentoring/Workshop Sessions with F&M alumni

February 10, 2012 – Notification of Intent to Participate - submit a brief summary of your idea, the category you are entering and contact information for your team.

February 11, 2012 - March 9, 2012 – You will be assigned alumni mentors in order to develop your business plan submission

March 19, 2012 – ten (10) page business plan submission due to FIC evaluation panel

March 26, 2012 – Finalists announced to all participants

March 26, 2012 – April 13, 2012 – Finalists revise their business plans and presentation with assistance from their assigned mentors

Final Presentations will take place on April 20th 2012 on the Friday of Leadership Council/Parents’ Council Weekend at F&M, and in front of F&M alumni. 

If you have any questions, please email us at and we will be happy to address any questions you have.