Why Enter?

The national CCIC is designed to enable community college students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use STEM to make a difference in the world.  It provides a venue to strengthen and further develop STEM thinking, apply it to solving real-world problems, and to build the skills necessary to carry invention from idea to society-benefitting innovation. Through the Innovation Boot Camp, finalist teams have the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs, experts, and industry professionals in business planning, stakeholder engagement, communication, and marketplace dynamics; gain life-changing business acumen and communication skills; and engage with other community college innovators to make significant connections and to share ideas.

Finalist teams showcase their projects and colleges, on a national stage, through a poster session as well as compete in a pitch presentation at the end of the Innovation Boot Camp. The Boot Camp provides a friendly and constructive environment to hone innovation while gaining entrepreneurial skills and competing for cash awards. 

What Do You Win?

  • AACC and NSF provide:
    • A plaque for all finalist schools; 
    • Recognition certificates from NSF and AACC for each finalist team member;
    • Full travel support for all finalist team members to attend the Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C.;
    • A $500 cash honorarium for all finalist student team members and faculty/administrator mentors for attending the Boot Camp;
    • Additional cash awards – awards are made to each first, second, and third place team member in the following amounts:
      • First place: $3,000
      • Second place: $2,000
      • Third place: $1,000