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Business Innovation Challenge

Experience The Business Innovation Challenge!

Vote May 26-27, 2022 • Round 1

It's time to view and vote for your favorite BIC presentations!

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Innovative Ideas With Social Impact

This spring the 2022 Business Innovation Challenge invites students to bring their ingenuity, entrepreneurial mindset, passion and innovative thinking to identify problems that face communities in need, and to develop sustainable business ideas that will solve those problems and positively impact the community. 

Compete May 26-27 & June 3, 2022

Be inspired! Join fellow Foothill College students for BIC workshops to get ready to present your innovative idea at the Business Innovation Challenge. This year's virtual format will include two rounds on May 26-27 and June 3, 2022. ​

BIC 2022 Program & Presentations


BIC Schedule

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Business Innovation Challenge Awards

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Winners will receive cash prizes to use to fund their projects or continuing education!

  • First Place $1000
  • Second Place $500
  • Third Place $300

Six Components of The Challenge

The Business Innovation Challenge will consist of 4 workshops and 2 rounds of competition, all designed to help you learn how to grow your idea. All students and ideas are welcome.

Join an Upcoming Workshop

See list below and join by Zoom from here on that day and time.

Join by Zoom

See All Workshop Speakers & Descriptions Below

Participation in the workshops is not mandatory to compete in the competition rounds, but is highly encouraged. We hope you'll join us!

For Zoom access to a workshop, please email Laurence Lew at

Also complete the Business Innovation Challenge interest form.

Workshop 1:

April 27, 12-1 p.m.


Speaker: Alexandra Sugatan & Juan Bello

Be inspired to join the challenge! You’ll hear student success stories from past years and receive detailed instructions about the event series and the competition.

Workshop 2:

May 3, 3-4:30 p.m.


Speaker: Kas Pereira

Attend a workshop on Design Thinking, a leading methodology for solving problems, and designing sustainable business solutions, through creativity and a human-centered approach.

Workshop 3:

May 10
3-4:30 p.m.


Speaker: Will Cavada

Learn how to build cool, useful, and creative prototypes using cardboard. In this hands-on interactive session, you learn the tips and tricks to building and working with cardboard. Save those Amazon boxes.

Workshop 4:
May 18
3-4:30 p.m.


Speaker: Laurence Lew

Get exposed to the art of the “Elevator Pitch”, and learn the fundamental components of how to communicate your idea to an audience in a persuasive and concise manner

The Competition Rounds

The competitive portion of the Business Innovation Challenge will consist of two rounds:​



May 26-27

Student teams will share their innovative ideas online in an asynchronous format to the general public. The best ideas will be selected to participate in the second round.


June 3, 2-5 p.m.

Selected teams will present live online before a panel of distinguished judges in the style of “Shark Tank"

Who Can Participate?

Students from all majors are encouraged to participate.  All you need is an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for helping your community, a desire to solve problems, and interest in learning how to develop business ideas.  Training will be offered to interested students on how to approach The Challenge, and will expose students to the needed skills to succeed!

What Do I Get Out Of It?

Students who participate in the Challenge will learn critical business skills, such as how to develop a business concept, how to communicate to an audience, as well as how to think critically and innovatively.  But more importantly, students will be working collaboratively towards making a positive difference in their community!

How Do I Sign Up?

If you are interested in joining the competition, please fill out a brief "interest form" and you will receive further information from me regarding what to do next.

BIC Interest Form

We invite you to accept the Challenge! You'll be glad you did!

Sponsored by the Business & Entrepreneurship Club and the Business & Social Sciences Division.


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Please Contact Me!

Laurence Lew, Business Department Chair


Room 3018 Main Campus

Research & Service Leadership Symposium

Join Us May 19, 2022

It's not too early to prepare for our spring RSLS. Develop projects in research, service and art.

Applications deadline extended to April 1.

See upcoming workshops. Submit your proposal now!

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