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Interdisciplinary Challenge for US undergrads -- get your school involved

  • 1.  Interdisciplinary Challenge for US undergrads -- get your school involved

    Posted 01-10-2022 18:57

    The Accelerator Rap Challenge is based on the course that won the 2020 Academy of Management Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy for its anti-racist and constructionist approach. The Challenge is now a national contest, and undergrads from all US colleges and universities are invited to participate. Make sure your school is represented.

    How you can engage
    1) Follow @AcceleratorRap on Twitter and retweet information while tagging relevant groups and individuals at your school.
    2) Sign up as an official partner at the Accelerator Rap Challenge site
    Partners can receive a pass to host a group viewing party for the Finale to cheer on the teams from their school. 

    What students from your school can expect from the Accelerator Rap Challenge:

    The Accelerator Rap Challenge encourages teams of undergrads to create 2-minute animated music videos designed to help girls and kids of color see themselves in innovative entrepreneurial careers. Contestant will have access to experts and peers as they create their videos. Prizes will be awarded, and bragging rights will be earned. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in active learning about diversity in entrepreneurship, expand their networks, build creative and teamwork skills, and add an impressive media piece to their portfolios before graduation.

    A virtual experience

    All activities will be hosted on zoom and other online platforms. Students can participate from anywhere. 

    Arc of the contest

    • Registration is open now, no fee to participate
    • Submissions are open from January 4 - February 28
    • AMAs with judges are throughout January
    • Virtual team building mixer on January 31
    • Insight Sessions with experts to help teams create their videos are in January and February
    • Submission deadline and virtual party is February 28
    • Insight Sessions focused on NFTs and the Creator Economy are in March (while the judges evaluate the submissions)
    • Finale and Awards Presentation is April 4

    Basic eligibility

    • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing any degree. 
    • Be part of a team of 2-5 undergrads. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.


    Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each of the five judging categories and to a winner overall.

    • Clarity of entrepreneurial concept (Judged by Bill Aulet, MIT) – winning team receives $500
    • Educational merit (Judged by Milton Chen, George Lucas Educational Foundation) – winning team receives $500
    • Musical/Lyrical artistry (Judged by Charles Alexander, Berklee School of Music) – winning team receives $500
    • Visual artistry (Judged by Monica Lago-Kaytis, RiseUp Animation) – winning team receives $500
    • Inclusive spirit of the contest (Judged by Betsy Campbell, PSU) – winning team receives $500
    Grand prize awarded to the best overall submission among the five category winners – winning team receives an additional $1000

    Winning entries will be featured in a Film Festival hosted by the Penn State Arts and Design Research Incubator in Spring 2022.

     The Challenge is made possible with support from the Anchor Point Foundation, the RSM Foundation, and other organizations interested in diversity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    More questions?

    Visit https://sites.psu.edu/challenge


    Betsy Campbell