2021 Innovation Competition
Transcend Madison Competition on April 11th and 12th at the Discovery Building!
Transcend Madison, created by Transcend UW, is the campus's first-ever student-led innovation competition. Each year we give away $55,000 worth of prizes. This event was made with one goal in mind: to bring students all across UW Madison together to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations.
This is a competition for the doers. We judge heavily on execution: taking the necessary steps to turn your idea from nothing into reality.
Poster session (open to the public): April 20th from 5:00 -7:00 PM CDT
Main and Early-Stage Competition Pitches: April 21st @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
Main Stage Call-back round pitches: April 22nd @ 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
Competition Awards Ceremony (open to the public): April 22nd 4:00 - 5:00 PM CDT
Eligibility & Competition Regulations
All competitors are required to abide by the following rules.
Any violation of eligibility and/or competition regulations may result in immediate disqualification.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns
Team & Project Eligibility:
All team members must be degree-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison students enrolled in
the Spring 2021 term. Alumni who graduated from UW-Madison in December 2020 are still eligible to
Teams are allowed up to 5 eligible members.
Individuals are only eligible to participate in 1 team at competition
Projects are ineligible if they fit any of the following categories:
Are a part of a course
Are part of a paid or graded research experience
Are part of a thesis project
Are the primary intellectual property of other individuals or groups that are not eligible to
participate in the competition (ex. work done for an internship, family business etc.)
Mandatory Event Attendance:
In order for a team to maintain eligibility for the competition, the team must attend all 3 following events which will be hosted this Spring.
Intellectual Property Seminar (attend either date)
Project Review Session
Each team is required to check-in at the events to receive credit for the team. All teams are required to
stay for the duration of the scheduled event or session. Failure to stay may result in an invalidated event
Competition Dates and Deadlines:
February 23rd - Competition Information Session (was recorded)
February 26th, 11:59pm - Deadline to Sign-Up for the 2021 Transcend Innovation Competition
March 2nd 5:30pm, March 10th 5:30pm - Intellectual Property Seminars
March 18th 5pm, March 24th 5pm - Project Review Sessions
April 9th, 4pm CST - Deadline to Submit Competition Materials (Includes Business Model Canvas, Cover Page, Executive Summary, Final Team Decision, and Early or Main Stage Decision)
April 13th or 14th (Date/Time TBD) - Pitch Coaching Event
April 16th, 4pm CDT - Deadline to Submit Final Pitch Deck
April 20th-22nd - Competition Week
April 20th - Poster Session
April 21st - Main & Early Stage Competition, Day 1
April 22nd - Main Stage Day 2, Award Ceremony