Innovation Competition

Use the application link below to apply! All applications are non-binding - applicants do not have to commit to competing and may decide to drop out later

The 2021 Transcend Madison Competition will be held the week of April 19!

Please read the rules below.

Transcend Madison, created by Transcend UW, is the campus's first-ever student-led innovation competition. Each year at this event, we give away over $55,000 worth of prizes. We started the innovation competitions 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. 



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 with any questions or concerns 

Team & Project Eligibility:

  1. 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

  2. Teams are allowed up to 5 eligible members.

  3. Individuals are only eligible to participate in 1 team at competition

  4. Projects are ineligible if they fit any of the following categories:

    1. Are a part of a course

    2. Are part of a paid or graded research experience

    3. Are part of a thesis project

    4. 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 in the Spring. 

  1. Intellectual Property Seminar (attend either date)

  2. Project Review Session

  3. Pitch Coaching


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
attendance record.​

Competition Dates and Deadlines:


February 23rd (Time TBD) - Competition Information Session (will be recorded)

February 26th, 11:59pm - Deadline to Sign-Up for the 2021 Transcend Innovation Competition

Week of March 1st and March 8th (Date/Time TBD) - Intellectual Property Seminars

Week of March 15th and March 27th (Date/Time TBD) - Project Review Sessions

April 9th - Deadline to Submit Competition Materials (Includes Business Model Canvas, Cover Page, Executive   

Summary, Final Team Decision, and Early or Main Stage Decision)

Week of April 12th (Date/Time TBD) - Pitch Coaching Event

April 16th - Deadline to Submit Final Pitch Deck

Week of April 19th - Competition Week

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