Pavlis Honors College

Husky Innovate Event Series

Husky Innovate

The Pavlis Honors College, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, and the College of Business bring you the Husky Innovate Event Series — a succession of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development while emphasizing evidence based strategies for success. 

Through participation, students will distinguish their résumé (or prepare to launch their own company), and will build knowledge, expertise, and confidence.

Students who challenge themselves to pitch their idea at either a national, state, or regional competition will find that the Husky Innovate track provides a solid foundation for their goals. The workshops and events emphasize experiential learning and provide the opportunity to get feedback from peers and mentors.

Download our 2020-2021 events calendar

Fall 2020 Events

Introduction to Design Thinking

September 15 OR September 23, 5-7 p.m.
Register for Introduction to Design Thinking

Teamwork and the design thinking process move you from an opportunity statement to an innovative idea.  Developed at the Stanford, design thinking is a tool to help you reframe life’s challenges into opportunities.  Following a process that starts with empathy and moves to definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing, one experiences the design thinking mindset and methodology while tackling ambiguous problems.  This workshop will be led by Mary Raber who has trained and collaborated extensively with the Stanford  

Please join us for an evening of online design thinking.  The same content will be covered in both sessions, so pick the date that works best for your schedule. After you register, we will follow-up with a Google calendar invite that includes a zoom link.  

Protect Your Innovation

October 7, 5-7 p.m.
Register for Protect Your Innovation

Join us for a workshop in which we discuss the fundamentals of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, licensing, and trade secrets, including how to initiate a prior art discovery with freely available resources.  We  will start with an introduction into the practical considerations and trade-offs involved in protecting your idea and how intellectual property protections can be used as a tool to develop your innovation.   Michigan Technological University’s own IP expert, Licensed Patent Agent and Associate Vice President for Research Administration Jim Baker, and local MTEC’s SmartZone CEO Dan Jamison will open up the conversation with compelling IP scenarios and be available for questions throughout the event.   Librarian and PTRC Representative Annelise Doll will provide us with an overview of patents and trademarks, hands-on searching activities and information about Michigan Tech’s Patent and Trademark Research Center, part of the US Patent and Trademark Office's nationwide program of PTRC’s.

Idea Pitch Competition

October 13, 5-6:15 p.m.
Register for Idea Pitch

This year our Idea Pitch competition will be held online. To apply, register and follow the prompts. Contestants should record a two-minute video of their pitch and upload it to YouTube by 10/6. Submissions will be voted on by the Husky Innovate team. Ten contestants will be selected for a live online pitch on 10/13/2020.

The live pitch competition will be two minutes. Judges will provide feedback and ask questions. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and audience members will vote for their favorite pitch. Please reach out to Lisa Casper, with any questions.

Prototype Your Innovation

November 11, 5-7 p.m.
Register for Prototype Your Innovation

So you've got an innovative idea that you think is great, but how can you tell if your end user or customer will want it and if it meets their needs?  Join us for a workshop in which you prototype your innovation and test it for "customer" feedback.  Prototyping can range from simple to complex.  Here we focus on  building a mock of your idea  so that you may express your value proposition, present it and gather feedback.  This feedback will then inform your next design iteration and help you take your innovation to the next level.

Meet with us on November 19 for an interactive online workshop.  The workshop will run from 5-7 p.m.  A Google calendar invite with a Zoom link will be shared after you register.  

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Panel Talk 

November 19
Register for the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Panel Talk

More information will be available closer to the date of the panel.

Spring 2021

Details and registration information for our spring sessions will be available at the end of fall term.

Business Model Boot Camp 1


Business Model Boot Camp 2


Bob Mark Business Model Competition


Finance Your Innovation


Present Your Innovation


New Venture Competition Prep 1


New Venture Competition Prep 2


New Venture Competition

April - TBD