Competition is no longer exclusive to athletics, thanks to three student visionaries who are issuing a campuswide challenge: propose your best innovative idea—a process or service—for the opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from fellow students and faculty, network with alumni and maybe win the $2,000 grand prize.


IC@D was developed by Edward Finocchiaro ’15, Alex Torelli ’16 and Philip Velez ’15 with guidance from Associate Professor of International Studies, Business and Management Michael Fratantuono and Associate Professor of International Business and Management Helen Takacs. Photo by Carl Socolow '77. 

The IC@D offers a competitive platform for entrepreneurial students to pursue an idea that they are passionate about. Working in interdisciplinary teams, and in collaboration with alumni mentors, students will develop their idea over three rounds of competition to create a business plan canvas. The level of detail will increase with each submission, and three teams will be selected to pitch their idea to a panel of alumni, faculty and staff judges in the final round.

In the interest of keeping consistent with the three pillars of a Dickinson education, teams must be interdisciplinary, ideas sustainable in nature, and they may be local or global in scope. Dickinson’s definition of sustainability encompasses social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Teams will have access to the ample resources the college has to offer, student groups like the Idea Fund and the Student Investment Group, and the opportunity to receive mentorship and feedback from alumni.

Opening day: February 9, Team Registration 7pm Althouse 106

Round 1: 2/9/15 - 3/1/15
Round 2: 3/4/15 - 3/29/15
Round 3: 4/2/15 - 4/27/15

  1. Teams must be comprised of 3-5 students.
    • Students in each team must represent at least two of the three academic divisions of the college by major (humanities, arts and sciences)
  2. Late submissions will not be considered.
  3. Ideas must be original.
  4. Ideas must fit under Dickinson’s umbrella definition of sustainability (social, economic or environmental).
  5. Concepts will be presented prior to the first round of competition.
  6. Each round will eliminate teams that do not make the cut.

Get Started

For more information, visit the Pitchburner site.