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Use common sense and listen to Pioneer Weekend staff. Let us know if you have any questions!

Code of Conduct

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and working environment for all College community members. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.  For more information, visit the college’s nondiscrimination policy, and the college’s policies and procedures regarding sexual respect.


Rules are subject to change at any time. Decisions by the Pioneer Weekend team or the Wilson Center are final.


COVID-19 Update:  Students on leave are permitted to participate.

Participation is only open to Grinnell College students. No alumni. Participation is closed to family members of judges.


COVID-19 Update: Individual participants are allowed.

Teams are limited up to 5 persons. Teams must submit a list of members upon submitting their idea by the Team Registration deadline listed on the schedule. Any modifications after that must be approved by organizers.

Judging Criteria

Teams’ pitches will be judged on several criteria including customer validation, business model, design, product execution, and creativity. More details about the judging process will be provided closer to the event. Teams will not be told their scores during or after judging, and decisions by the judges and Pioneer Weekend team are final.


Winners for Pioneer Weekend prizes will be selected by the Pioneer Weekend judges. Each winning team will be responsible for working with the Pioneer Weekend team and the Wilson Center to arrange for the payment to be sent. The winning team is responsible for all taxes associated with prizes.


By attending Pioneer Weekend, you acknowledge that your picture and video may be used without compensation, prior permission, or notification in any promotional material related to Pioneer Weekend. For any reason, if you do not wish to be identified, please let us know. Thank you!