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

Husky Innovate and Michigan Tech's Patent Trademark Resource Center are co-hosting an online workshop & talk looking at intellectual property considerations to Protect Your Innovation.  

We will meet October 7, 5–7 p.m. online. Speakers will present 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 (PTRC), part of the US Patent and Trademark Office's nationwide program of PTRC’s.

Register for Protect Your Innovation and a google calendar invite will be sent after registration.

Join us at the event via Zoom.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know who may be interested. This event is open to the community.

Idea Pitch Competition

October 20, 5–6:30 p.m.
Register for Idea Pitch

Husky Innovate is hosting its annual student Idea Pitch competition online on 10/20/20, from 5–6:30 p.m. If you are a student with an innovative idea, this is your chance to share it! Please register your team. Students will have two minutes to share their favorite innovation or disruptive idea in an interactive online community setting. Contestants may present alone or with a team of up to two people. A panel of campus and community member judges will ask questions and provide feedback.  

Our campus community is invited to join us remotely for a high-energy, fun event.

Because this year’s Idea Pitch competition has pivoted to a virtual platform, to accommodate all student submissions we will have a qualifying round. To qualify for the Idea Pitch competition, you must first submit a two-minute video pitch presentation. If you are accepted to the next round of the competition, you must use the same pitch idea during the live Zoom Idea Pitch competition.  


  • October 13th, 2020 Video Submission due
  • October 16th, 2020 Pitch contestants selected from the qualifying round notified
  • October 18th, 2020 Pitch Decks submissions due, please send to
  • October 20th, 2020 5–6:30 p.m. online, live pitch event

Top teams will be awarded cash prizes:  

  • First prize:  $150
  • Second:  $100
  • Third:  $75
  • Honorable mention: $50
  • Audience favorite:  $50  

Remember to register your team. Additional guidelines will be shared on the registration site.

Audience members can join us on Zoom.

If you have any questions, please email

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