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Innovation Competition

Innovation Competition

About the Competition

Project Jumpstart's annual Innovation Competition is an exciting opportunity for Jacobs School of Music students to launch or expand upon their own entrepreneurial project. The competition consists of two rounds of presentations and a Q & A session, judged by representitves from the Jacobs School of Music, the Kelley School of Business, and the greater Bloomington community. All finalists receive mentoring for their project and two winners receive a monetary prize to facilitate the growth of their project. 

The 2017 competition was held on February 4th, 2017. Check back in Fall 2017 for details about the 2018 competition!

2017 Competition Winners

This year's Innovation Competition was nothing short of spectacular. We were absolutely blown away by the entreprenurial thinking of the contestants. A special congratulations to our winners, Erik Franklin and Kylie Stultz Dessent and their project "The Indiana Clarinet Experience" and runner-up, June Lee and his project "Transcribe and Tell". To learn more about their projects as well as the projects of the other contestants, check out our press release!

2017 Competition Judges 


The judges for the 2017 Competition were Lynn Coyne (President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation), Stephen Johnson (Winner of the 2016 Innovation Competition), Dr. Donald Kuratko (Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business), Melissa Dickson (Director of Development at the Jacobs School of Music), Monika Herzig (Faculty member at SPEA and jazz pianist), and Greg Sandow (Consultant, composer, and writer). 

2016 Competition

Contestants and judges from the 2016 Innovation Competition. 

Check out the winners from the three previous Innovation Competitions!

2014- Virginia Woodwind Workshop

2015- Butterfly Dreams

2016- The Listener's Guide

> Kudos to the additional eight semi-finalists and finalists, who presented their very impressive ideas in the 2016 Competition.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Project Jumpstart at jumpstar@indiana.edu