The Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to hold the Urban Infrastructure Challengewith applications due Oct. 4—for the 2016 Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium hosted in Flint, Michigan on Oct. 19. The CFE has partnered with Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative for this special challenge.

Entries will be submitted with the email subject line: “[last name] – UEI Urban Infrastructure Challenge” in PDF format to File size may not exceed 3 MB. [last name] is the name of your team contact person.

To focus challenge participants and the community at large on the opportunity to elevate Flint’s status to that of a “smart city” by applying for-profit business innovation.

How advanced does my idea need to be?
Base level. Any idea to jump start the city. The challenge is looking for one idea from four main categories: transportation, infrastructure, civic engagement and telecommunications.

Who can participate?
Participants must be high school graduates, 18 years of age or older.

We are looking for ideas from individuals or new teams, not established companies. (See Official Rules)

The winning entry will receive:
$2,500 cash award
– Meeting and advisory session with SkyPoint Ventures, Flint.
– Meeting and advisory session with U-M Center for Entrepreneurship.

Three finalists will present for the cash award at the Urban Infrastructure Challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in Flint.

Transportation, lodging, and meal expenses will be covered for up to two members per Michigan-based team. Lodging and meal expenses will be covered for up to two members per non-Michigan-based team.

Applicants will be notified by Oct. 10, 2016 of the finalist selections. All finalists will participate in a teleconference mentor session held on or about Oct. 12, 2016, and must submit the PowerPoint they will present at the UEI finals, by Oct. 17, 2016.