AWIS New Jersey Women in STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge
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When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Where: United States

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge

AWISNJ Executive Summary Template

New Jersey Women in STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge

Board with titles 2AAAS eNTREPRENEURSHIP pARTNERSThe challenge is to encourage women who have embraced or plan to lead entrepreneurial ventures. All New Jersey resident STEM female professionals are eligible to apply. Institutional affiliation is not necessary. Two categories of awards are included. Both categories need to fill out AWISNJ Executive Summary Template Powerpoint Template and submit to by:


Challenge Outline


STEM female professionals who have already graduated are eligible to participate in STEM Entrepreneurship Awards. The top teams will be awarded:

Cash Awards

     1st Place  – $5000

     2nd Place – $2000

     3rd Place – $1000


New Jersey high school and college females/ female led groups are eligible to participate in the Innovation Challenge. Top 4 college and school teams (2 each) will be competing for:

Cash Awards

   College Groups            School Groups

   1st Place  – $500              1st Place  – $500

   2nd Place – $250              2nd Place – $250

Additional Partners:

AWIS STEM to Market Accelerator

NJIT Summer Innovation Accelerator Membership (No fees or equity taken)

Johnson & Johnson Consumer R&D Immersion.

Executive Summary. The Executive Summary (following the template theme available above) should be submitted as a pdf file to with subject line: Executive Summary. It is highly recommended that your Executive Summary highlight the most interesting and important elements of your plan that would inform an external reviewer or judge as to why your idea will succeed.

Business Plan. The Business Plan should be an expanded version of the Executive Summary not exceeding 20 minutes during presentation. It should clearly explain your Products or Services, Market and Marketing Strategy, Operations, Management and Business Model (how your venture will makes money).


Pitches will be judged on factors such as innovation of product/service, understanding of the market, growth and sustainability planning, the development of competitive advantage, the availability of management and skill sets, the strength of vision, and well-defined goals.

  • A panel of judges will conduct a blind review of executive summaries to select and invite top teams for the final pitching & awarding event.

  • On March 8, 2018, female leads from invited teams will give a 20 minute presentation of their business plan, including a 60 second Elevator Pitch.

  • Judges will evaluate the presentations and winners will be announced.

  • All decisions by the judges will be final.

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