2022 Schedule

2024 Schedule & RSVP at Illinois Wesleyan University


2023-2024 InnoVators™ Showcase and Pitch Competition


The event will take place at Illinois Wesleyan University in the Shirk Center. The address of the Shirk Center is 302 E Emerson St in Bloomington, Illinois. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the event.


Visitors may park on weekends for free in any Illinois Wesleyan University campus lot. The Memorial Center and parking lots can be found on this interactive campus map and this printable campus map. The Memorial Center and recommended parking lots are circled in red in the image below. 


Saturday, April 6, 2024

7:30 – 8:30 AM Parking – Check In – Setup

8:30 – 9:00 AM Judges receive instructions

9:00 – 11:15 AM Innovators Showcase

Time Judging Sequence
9:00-9:10 1
9:10-9:20 2
9:20-9:30 3
9:30-9:40 4
9:40-9:50 5
9:50-10:00 6
10:00-10:10 7
10:10-10:20 8
10:20-10:30 9
10:30-10:40 10
10:40-10:50 11
10:50-11:00 12
11:00-11:30 InnoVators Chip Challenge

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Lunch / InnoVators Debrief – David Burroughs

Lunch will be provided for all CHSI participants, CHSI educators / sponsors, and specially invited guests. Parents or other guests will be on their own for lunch.

12:20 – 2:00 PM Rapid Ready Pitch Competition™ Each team presenting is announced moments before they will give their pitch on stage.

2:00 – 2:10 PM Judge Deliberation

2:10 – 2:30 PM Awards Ceremony

2:30 – Table Breakdown

Demonstration Showcase Display Guidelines

Each team will be provided a 2ft x 4ft size table for displaying materials. While an elaborate display is not essential, you do want to share information or examples of your innovative idea. Please email Blake Whittle [email protected] by 3/27/2024 if you need any electricity near your table.

Pitch Competition

Each team must be prepared to give a three-minute presentation, in the event they are selected for the Pitch Competition. If you have a PowerPoint or Google Slides to accompany your presentation, please have your presentation uploaded to a flash drive to be downloaded to a PC. The three-minute presentation will then be followed by up to five minutes for questions from the judges. We encourage you to practice your presentation to ensure it flows well and you meet the time limit. 

All teams will be judged with the following criteria:

  1. Purpose (Why do you exist?)
  2. Problem you are solving (What is it?)
  3. People (Who has that problem? demographics? incidence? severity?)
  4. Proposition (What are you proposing?)
  5. Product (What product, service, innovation solves that problem?)
  6. Positioning (How is this different/better than current providers?)
  7. Production (Who will produce it?)
  8. Price/costs (How much $ to produce, test, develop, promote, distribute or how much of a savings?)
  9. Path (How delivered from source to consumer?)
  10. Promotion (What is your brand name, media to raise awareness, comprehension,and demand?)
  11. Needed (What investment is needed to launch development and testing?)
  12. Value (What is the value of your concept today?)

Food Preference

All order conformations are due by 3/25/2024 

Illinois Wesleyan University and CHSI look forward to seeing you soon!

Only the CHSI teams selected to move on from the Demonstration Showcase judging will present at the Pitch Competition. 

For all students, parents and guests: We encourage you to spend as much time as you like exploring the presentations at the Demonstration Showcase and watching the Pitch Competition. 


Paul Ritter – 815-848-5304 (cell)


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