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The Competition

The Imagine, Innovate, & Inspire (I³) Competition is a competition for 8th to 12th graders who are passionate   about learning and helping their community. The I³ Competition is partnered with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Learning (IFEL) to motivate students to effect positive and impactful change within our communities.


Students in 8th-12th grade can compete in the I³ Competition. Our "Concept Division" is open to anyone from 8-12th grade while the "Practical Division" is open to anyone in 9-12th grade. 

Participants are allowed to submit their projects to other programs and scholarships opportunities. Practical Division students will need the consent of their small business partner if they are including information about their I³ experience in other programs/opportunities. 

The winning practical team will receive a cash prize of up to $2,000 and the winning concept team will receive $250! In the past, several students have walked away from the competition with formal internships from businesses and judges.

In 2022, more than 80% of our teams were offered formal summer internships and jobs from their business partners. Alumni of this competition have ended up at colleges such Stanford, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and many other amazing schools. Students on the I3 Team have received scholarships for their work managing the competition. There are many opportunities to win here, so take advantage of that and join the I3 Competition!

Topics of Focus

Mobile App Creation

Participants that choose this topic will create a mobile app solution for their division. Practical pitch participants who chose this TOF as their first choice must have coding experience. Concept pitch teams can create prototypes using programs like MIT App Inventor.

Social Media

Participants that choose this topic will create a new or improve the social media platform presence of a business and provide templates to the owners so they can continue to maintain the social media presence. Be prepared to leverage the analytics in your pitch. 

Website Creation
or Re-creation

Participants that choose this topic will work to redesign or create a website for the small business based off the needs of the company. Most business websites are created with sites like Wix and SquareStatic. Students should be familiar with how to leverage analytics from these sites for their outcome pitch.

Words of Advice from Past Contestants

"Stay organized! It is easy to lose track of time, therefore plan accordingly. Consistent communication is also key to ensuring that you hit reach your goals and the business feels satisfied."

Interesting Scholarships

We found a series of scholarships that your experience with the  Competition might be helpful for! If you choose to use  for these scholarships, please notify the business you worked with to make sure you don't share private information. Keep in mind that these scholarships may be a little out of date. If you are interested in posting a scholarship here, please email us. 


STEM Scholarship Program | Avomeen 

  • Avomeen offers two scholarship programs to assist funding your undergraduate education in a STEM discipline. Scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $2,500 each.

KPMG Future Leaders Program | KPMG 

  • The KPMG Future Leaders Program annually awards twenty-two top female high school seniors with significant financial need, the opportunity to accelerate their personal growth through college scholarships, leadership development, mentorship, and an introduction to golf. Funded by proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, the program’s focus is to empower and advance these promising leaders of tomorrow.

10x Digital Marketing Scholarship 

  • “10x digital is passionate about nurturing the next generation of digital marketers. In addition to our internship program, we award the 10x digital Marketing Scholarship twice annually. We accept applications with essays for those students who are planning to be enrolled or are currently enrolled in a digital marketing, technology, communications, marketing, business or a related field.”

    • Write a 500-word essay on the following topic: Digital marketing trends are changing the way we market to consumers. In your opinion, which 5 digital marketing trends are paving the way for 2022 and why. Give detailed examples of each. 

    • Separately, include a narrative (2 paragraphs max) of why you are deserving of this scholarship. 

  • Eligibility: high school seniors and undergraduate students

Valentino DiGiorgio STEAM Scholarship

  • For high school seniors interested in pursuing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education in college. Demonstrate your interest by talking about a STEAM related project you have worked on. 

  • Applications open ~March and close at the end of April. 

  • Requires demonstrated financial need.

  • Prize: $2,500.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 

  • Eligibility: 8-18 years old

  • Prize: $10,000 and multiple winners; Recognition Gifts, Young Heroes Materials, Networking Opportunities, Media Coverage

  • Requirements: Completed Application Form; Project Summary (250 word limit); Project Essay (1,500 word limit); Three Letters of Recommendation; One color photo of the applicant   

House Scholarship Foundation 

  • Eligibility: 9-12 grade

  • Prize: $2,000

  • This year's scholarship is the $2000 House Scholarship Foundation Aspiring Scholars Award, given to students who demonstrate leadership qualities in their community during the Covid-19 crisis. Applicants must be U.S citizens who are currently attending high school. 

Essay Contest — Kaplun Foundation

  • Eligibility: 7-12th graders

  • Prompt for 10-12th graders (Level 2): How does philanthropy improve the world beyond just the direct recipients/beneficiaries?

    • Level 2 entries may not exceed 10,000 characters — approximately 1,500 words.

  • Prize: The first-place winners will be awarded $1,800. The next five winners in each level will receive an award of $500 each. Entrance prizes of $18.00 will be awarded to the first 50 essays received in each level.

Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship

  • The Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship for Women in Technology provides an annual scholarship to a graduating female high school senior or returning female college student who intends to further their education at a two-year or four-year college, university, vocational or technical school who share Kris Paper’s love of technology and will be seeking a degree in a technology related field. 

  • Eligibility: Female high school senior, 3.2 GPA, regular attendance, rigorous classes

  • Prize: $1,500

  • Supplemental Questions: Why did you select your chosen field of study? Please describe any types of financial aid that you will be receiving or are currently receiving to attend your chosen college/university. Please write a short essay introducing yourself and explain why you would be the desired recipient of the Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship for Women in Technology.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

  • The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. 

  • Prize: Varies

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