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2025 Transcend Madison Innovation Competition

Transcend UW is the perfect place to grow your skills and work on exciting projects that can make a real difference. We are looking for talented individuals who are passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Sign-ups for the 2025 Transcend Madison Innovation Competition are now closed. 


University of Wisconsin

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Team & Project Eligibility

All team members must be degree-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison students enrolled in the Spring 2025 term. Alumni who graduated from UW-Madison in December 2024 are still eligible to compete.​You must meet the following criteria ​to be eligible for competition:

  • Teams can be as small as 1 person with a maximum of 5 people.

  • 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 you are currently enrolled in

  • 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 both of the following events which will be hosted this Spring. The third is optional and highly recommended.


  • Intellectual Property Seminar  

  • Project Review Session 

  • Business Model Training (optional but highly recommended) :

    • TBD

Each team is required to check-in at the events to receive credit for the team. At least one member must attend. All teams are required to stay for the duration of the scheduled event or session. Failure to stay may render your team ineligible for competition.

Why Join Transcend UW 2025?

  • As a member of Transcend UW, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and initiatives. From organizing workshops and events to developing innovative solutions to real-world problems, you will be at the forefront of the student entrepreneurship scene. You will also have the chance to collaborate with like-minded individuals from a variety of backgrounds and fields.

Competition Structure

Date TBD

  • All teams will participate in the poster session.

  • All teams will pitch in the placement round.

    • Based on placement round performance, judges will place teams in the general track, advanced track or top five for day two.​

Date TBD

  • Top 5 competitors will pitch again.

  • Advanced Track competitors will pitch again.

  • All general track competitors will pitch again. 

  • Judges will evaluate all second day pitches and assign rewards.

    • Only teams in the top 5 will be eligible for first, second and third place prizes.

    • Teams not competing in the top 5 will be eligible for all other prizes.

Mandatory Events

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