MDC Innovation Prize

Sponsored by Veronica and Gaston Taratuta Foundation

Win a $25,000 1st Place Award and get a potential $250,000 follow-on investment!

If you are a student or recent alumni that has an innovative business solution, this is your opportunity to participate in this exciting entrepreneurship competition. We offer support to help you develop your idea through educational workshops and mentorship.

Have Questions? Come to the Info Session!

Join us on November 21st to learn the guidelines and what the judges are looking for!

Making an impact

Your business should have a direct impact in our community while demonstrating the potential for business growth and sustainability.

Categories can include but are not limited to:

Climate Change

Income Inequality and Poverty

Public Transportation



Public Safety

Prize Package:

1st Place award for $25,000 and runner-up $15,000 prize (for existing businesses)

Two $5,000 awards (for startups - one year or less)

Profile of winners in Idea Center newsletter

A branding strategy session with an industry expert


Featured page on Idea Center website and promotion through SM channels


Free enrollment in any Idea Center program in 2018

Am I Eligible?

All MDC students and recent alumni (within the last five years) that have completed any credit-based and non-credit classes at Miami Dade College are eligible.

How do you define innovation?

An innovative business is one that utilizes or offers something new or distinct whether it is in its product or service, organizational model, operations or production process.

Judging Criteria:

Winning solutions should demonstrate their potential to be repeatable and scalable, serving as model framework capable of resolving similar challenges in other communities.