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Innovation that impacts

Bringing together startups, Fortune 500 companies, and academia to create innovative sustainable solutions.

Innovation Challenges

  • Japanese Companies
    Japanese Companies
    Mon, Mar 11
    Virtual Event
    Mar 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – Mar 14, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Mar 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – Mar 14, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Japanese giants in E-commerce, Logistics, Mobility, and Materials industries will explore US-based startups
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  • Retail Experience Boost
    Retail Experience Boost
    Mon, Jan 15
    Elpis Labs
    Jan 15, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Elpis Labs, 220 E 23rd St suite 400, New York, NY 10010, USA
    Jan 15, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Elpis Labs, 220 E 23rd St suite 400, New York, NY 10010, USA
    Welcome to this exclusive event by Elpis Labs and Oracle! CVC representatives from retail industry leaders like Cencosud CVC and Nvidia CVC will participate in engaging fireside chats and attentively listen to pioneering startup pitches.
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  • ClimateTech Innovation Challenge with Treeoma
    ClimateTech Innovation Challenge with Treeoma
    Mon, Dec 11
    Virtual Event
    Dec 11, 2023, 9:00 AM – Dec 12, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Dec 11, 2023, 9:00 AM – Dec 12, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Treeoma regenerates tropical forests to mitigate climate crisis, linking sustainable development with markets. They offer companies a carbon offset with the creation of forests. The challenge they propose is optimizing the traceability of their processes with technology, so their clients can follow
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  • VC Innovation Challenge
    VC Innovation Challenge
    Tue, Dec 05
    Virtual Event
    Dec 05, 2023, 9:00 AM EST – Dec 06, 2023, 5:00 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Dec 05, 2023, 9:00 AM EST – Dec 06, 2023, 5:00 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Together with 840 Venture Partners, we explore this innovation challenge about the VC world and how to make scouting processes more effective. Applications will open soon for this innovation challenge.
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  • Oracle Sales Innovation Challenge
    Oracle Sales Innovation Challenge
    Wed, Nov 15
    Virtual Event
    Nov 15, 2023, 9:00 AM EST – Nov 17, 2023, 5:00 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Nov 15, 2023, 9:00 AM EST – Nov 17, 2023, 5:00 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    We partnered up with Oracle to bring you this Innovation Challenge focused on sales and technology for startups.
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  • Fidelity Invesments Challenge
    Fidelity Invesments Challenge
    Fri, Sep 22
    Zoom
    Sep 22, 2023, 8:00 AM – Sep 23, 2023, 6:00 PM
    Zoom
    Sep 22, 2023, 8:00 AM – Sep 23, 2023, 6:00 PM
    Zoom
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What is an Innovation Challenge?

The Innovation Challenge is a two-day business hackathon where we bring together startup founders, business students, and a corporate partner to collaboratively address a specific business challenge faced by a startup or corporation. 

ElpisStartups

For Startups

Get an opportunity to address your unique business challenge by collaborating with one of our Fortune 500 corporate partners. Present your challenge to students for engagement and learning from your case, and you might even find your next new hire! 😎

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For Students

Enrich your business education with a real-world business case. Dive into the startup universe and tackle actual challenges faced by companies today. Hone your problem-solving and presentation skills while working on a challenge, and then present your solution to a startup and a corporate partner. 🤓

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For Corporate Partners

Support education, innovation, and environmental impact to enhance brand visibility and garner positive publicity, demonstrating your dedication to innovation and effective problem-solving.
Furthermore, engaging with startups and new business practices often drives internal innovation. 
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How it Works

01

We identify a business challenge

In our close work with corporate partners, we sometimes encounter challenges that are particularly intriguing. For these, we connect the startups with a corporate partner, leveraging their expertise to collaboratively solve the problem.

02

We partner with top talent to solve it

We engage with startup founders and top-tier business schools to work on business challenges, gain insights from startups and corporate leaders, and contribute to developing solutions.

03

We host a 2-day business hackathon

Selected founders and/or students unite for a two-day design thinking workshop, culminating in a presentation of their solutions. On the final day, company representatives choose the best solution and award the participants.

Co-host an Innovation Challenge

Interested in co-creating an Innovation Challenge for your company? Lets work together!

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