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Make It Happen Challenge

The UD MakerGym and Horn Entrepreneurship help bring product ideas to life

Do you have an innovative idea for something you'd like to make that can improve the lives of others but need design, funding or fabrication help? Anywhere you are on the innovation roadmap — ideation, proof of concept, prototyping or small batch production the Make it Happen Challenge is an excellent opportunity to get access to the tools you need and bring your ideas to life. Your imagination is the limit.

The UD MakerGym and Horn Entrepreneurship are excited to announce the first such design challenge at UD. You will work with the MakerGym’s state of the art equipment for design conception, training and the fabrication of your idea into physical items. Prior making experience is never required. This challenge is open to any UD students, teams or clubs — undergrad and grad. Proposals are due by March 1, 2021.

The Make It Happen Challenge offers 5+ award packages with a total value of over $25,000. Each award package includes:
• A monetary grant covering supplies and materials (up to $3,000).
• Up to 20 hours of hands-on training and design consultation.

Proposals will be evaluated for their cost-effectiveness, innovativeness and overall impact potential. Applicants with the most promising proposals will be invited to pitch their idea to an external evaluation and award panel on March 12, 2021 from 2-4 PM via Zoom.

For further information, please visit: https://www.udel.edu/research-innovation/maker/spaces/makergym/

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