Special Guest Mark Stevens to give keynote speech at 10th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

Are you a USC student with a startup idea or invention? Enter the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase business competition to win funding to take your concept further. The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is currently seeking applications from students to compete in the 10th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase, which will feature special guest Mark Stevens (pictured) as keynote speaker October 7, 2016 at 12PM. Mr. Stevens is a USC Trustee, donor, alumnus, and benefactor to the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Everyone is invited to come listen to Mr. Stevens’ keynote address to learn about entrepreneurship from one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists.

The Student Innovator Showcase will take place Friday, October 7, 2016, 9AM-3PM on the Allan Hancock Foundation Building lawn (AHF). The showcase is USC Stevens’ annual flagship event where USC students in all disciplines present their startup ideas to faculty and leaders from the entrepreneur and business community, competing for thousands of dollars in USC-sponsored prizes.

Last year, over $25,000 was awarded to six student teams with innovations in all disciplines included healthcare and medical devices. The 2015 winners included entrepreneurial minded USC undergraduate and graduate students from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Marshall School of Business, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The annual competition has distributed over $86,000 in prizes to USC students since it began in 2007.

For the all-day event, student teams will spend the morning presenting their startup ideas and prototypes to event attendees and guest judges from the business community. The top scoring teams will advance to an afternoon finalist round where each will give a 3-minute pitch about their businesses. To select the final awards, the pitches will then be scored by the expert judging panel. Past judges have included representatives from Dun & Bradstreet, Idealab, Facebook, Fandango, Larta Institute, PARC Place Program Management, Tatum, USC Marshall School of Business and USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

For students who wish to compete in the Showcase, applications are being accepted online at https://stevens.usc.edu/events/student-innovator-showcase until September 2, 2016. The October 7, 2016 event is open to all USC students and Trojan Family Weekend attendees.

–By Peijean Tsai, USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Published August 12, 2016. Photo by Nancy Rothstein.