The Brewed Ideas Challenge is an annual pitch competition hosted by Marquette University’s 707 Hub in partnership with Brady Corporation. Open to current students, this program focuses on ‘brewing’ and growing innovative ideas, products, and services, right here on campus. New this year, we are offering a 4-week crash course called the Brewed Ideas Bootcamp to help validate your idea before applying for the Brewed Ideas Challenge.  If you need some inspiration or want to learn more about past Challenges, check out some of the ideas from last year's finalists.


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Brewed Ideas Challenge

The Brewed Ideas Challenge is our version of a shark tank pitch event.  The goal is to "Brew" innovative ideas and foster the entrepreneurial mindset at Marquette. The competition is open to current Marquette students and hosted by the 707 Hub, in partnership with Brady Corporation. Finalists receive mentorship support from Brady Corporation leading up to the competition to help refine and perfect their ideas/ventures. Finalists will pitch their ideas before for a panel of judges and guests.  The challenge will end with a reception where we will hand out $21,000 in funding to the winning teams. Applications are due by Monday, February 26.


This year there will be two tracks: 

1) social venture track and 2) traditional business track


Important Dates

  • Application Due - February 26
  • Mentor Breakfast for Finalists - March 21
  • Pitch Practice - April 16 and 17
  • Brewed Ideas Challenge - April 27 
    • 1:00 PM | Keynote speaker Mike Rhode, Author of the Sketchnote Handbook
    • 2:15 PM | Welcome
    • 2:20 - 3:35 PM | 5 social venture pitches
    • 3:40 - 4:40 PM | 5 for profit pitches
    • 4:40 - 5:20 PM | Reception/Judges deliberation 
    • 5:25 PM | Winners announced


Social Innovation Track

  • 1st place $7,500
  • 2nd place $2,000

Traditional Business Track

  • 1st place $7,500
  • 2nd place $2,000

Both Tracks Eligible 

  • Audience Choice $1,000
  • Brady Innovation Award $1,000

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate project proposals, submissions
and final pitches. Review judging criteria.


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Brewed Ideas Bootcamp

Are you a current Marquette University student working on a new idea for a product or service but need help moving your idea forward? Look no further than the Brewed Ideas Bootcamp! In four weeks, students will validate the market need for their idea, refine their business model and value proposition. In addition, students will receive legal advice, one-on-one business coaching and access to free marketing tools.

The application for the spring 2018 class is currently open and students should apply by Sunday, January 21. The boot camp is sponsored by the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and will take place at the 707 Hub from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on January 25, February 1, February 8 and February 15. Participants must attend each session. The program is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students from any school.Additional questions should be directed to Megan Carver, Associate Director for the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship at