What is it?

Pioneer Weekend is a three day innovation competition, sponsored by the Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership. The objective of this event is to bring together student innovators from different backgrounds to work together in teams of 3-6 people and complete a prototype of an idea that they come up with at the event. It encourages hands-on experiences, and aspiring student entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas might be viable.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, students will bring in their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday afternoon, teams present their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. 

If you win, cash prizes!

1st place team: $2000

2nd place team: $1000

3rd place team: $500

Additionally, the first place team receives a scholarship to go to Venture School at the University of Iowa for summer 2018!