beE is presented by the College of Business and Invention to Innovation Center (I2C)
at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
beE is supported by RISE, a Huntsville based networking group, designed with a goal to help small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs network and connect with one another.
beE is an entrepreneurship competition for high school students. The mission of beE is to empower the next generation of high school entrepreneurs to ideate, collaborate and deliver new ideas.
Teams of talented students supported by brilliant teachers and tutored by professional UAH mentors will compete in a business idea challenge to win cash and prizes.
New for the 2019 beE – a specially developed hands-on curriculum to support teachers as they prepare their teams. The curriculum has been designed by Dr. Valentina Iscaro, who received her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli (Italy). Dr. Iscaro has served as a Research Scholar at the Wharton School of Business’ Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and currently teaches at UAH and Alabama A&M.
Another exciting change for the 2019 beE is the venue. The new Invention to Innovation Center (I2C), adjacent to the College of Business at UAH, is a regional hub for the commercialization of technology-based ventures through incubation, co-working, mentorship, funding, and strategic support. The I2C’s 45,000 square feet combine shared workspaces, co-working communities and collaborative co-creation, making it the perfect venue to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.
In addition to the exciting changes mentioned above, we will continue to have mentorship over a period of a few weeks leading up to the final, and workshops at the final event for competing and non-competing students.
Start early and let us know you're interested. Register using links on this page. Remember - every student member on your team must register. Additionally, your school representative must register as well.
We need to know what your idea is all about hence you will need to submit your application using the "Submit Idea Now" link below. You're welcome to connect with us in case you have any questions about the submission process. Remember to submit your idea ASAP!
If you're having trouble submitting the form online please click here for an email version in "Microsoft Word" format.
Once you submit your application, we will contact your school representative to set-up date / time for your team to meet with experts for a mentoring session. Your team will have two (2) mentoring sessions with the expert. The goal of these sessions is to help your team with the ideation and pitch presentation. You learn, you adapt, you prepare, you present, you WIN!
The Grand Finale event takes place Oct 25th, 2019. Your team will get the opportunity to visit the University of Alabama in Huntsville and present at the College of Business along with participants from other schools and invited guests. Your presentations will be judged in two (2) rounds (semi-final and final) by a panel of judges who will ultimately decide the winning teams.
This section contains bunch of information related to beE. Please ensure you download and read the Participant Guide and date and sign the waivers. If in doubt communicate with us for answers. We want to ensure you succeed and put your best foot forward.
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Key dates to remember:
Registration Deadline - OPEN (Register Here)
Idea Application Deadline - OPEN (Submit Your Idea Here)
Mentoring Sessions - September 24th, 2019 to October 23rd, 2019
Grand Finale - October 25th, 2019
1. What is beE [beEntrepreneurial]?
beE is a business idea competition. It is an event in which students can learn, create, interact with UAH faculty, staff and students, experience the college life and challenge themselves through innovation and creativity.
2. Who can participate?
Only High School students can submit and idea and compete. However, the Grand Finale on October 25th is an event for everybody, you just need to register to attend.
3. Do I need to pay to participate?
The event is free.
4. What if I do not have a team?
If you do not have a team but want to compete, please register for the event and contact the beE sponsor in your school. They will help you find a team.
5. Who is a beE school sponsor and how can I identify a sponsor for my school?
The beE school sponsor is a person (teacher or other school representative) who works closely with the beE staff and is you point of contact for inquiries related to the competition. Ask your teachers or contact us for details on the designated sponsor for your school.
6. Do you offer travel reimbursements?
Unfortunately, we are not offering travel reimbursement. Your schools will secure their own transportation to and from the event.
7. Who will be there?
Students, professionals, scientists and other invited guests.
8. Will the media be there?
We are working with media to cover the event. UAH, I2C and RISE staff will be publicizing beE through social media channels. Additionally, we will be taking photos and video to document and promote the event. Participants will be required to sign a release form. Minors will need the signature of a parent. These forms can be downloaded here.
9. What can I win?
Upto $3,000 in cash and prizes!
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