Glendale Community College’s second annual Innovation Challenge competition will take place as a virtual event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.
In addition to the Innovation Challenge competition, faculty from GCC’s Business and Education departments are organizing an online program designed to assist students in developing their business ideas and recording a 5-minute pitch presentation to enter the competition. The event will be led by Dr. Gabriela Cojanu, lead faculty member for Small Business and Entrepreneurship program and Heather Merrill, assistant department chair and education faculty at GCC.
Glendale has two city locations: the main campus at 6000 W. Olive Ave., and the north campus at 5727 W. Happy Valley Road.
A judging panel will select five pitches to participate in the final pitch competition where three winners will be selected and awarded cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 for first, second and third places, respectively. Credit Union West is sponsoring the cash prizes for the students for the second consecutive year.
Each finalist will present their pitch to a panel of judges at the virtual event. The panel is comprised of individuals from community business organizations and successful entrepreneurs in the Glendale area.
The upcoming GCC Innovation Challenge will be a learning opportunity for the entire community showcasing Glendale students and their ideas. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. after the award presentation for the student finalists in the pitch competition.
Visit www.gccaz.edu/innovation-challenge for information and to register. Registration is free and open to all community members.