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I2S is About Creating a Better World

The competition is for current Georgia Tech students and recent alumni who have early stage product/service ideas or venture concepts that are geared towards creating a better world. 

Entries might focus on reducing poverty, alleviating hunger, promoting health and wellness, improving air and water quality, reducing of the rate of depletion of natural resources, or developing alternate sources of energy…just to name a few!

Competition rules (as of 2014) are here. 


I2S is About Ideas

We believe that all great ventures and organizations begin with great ideas. Therefore, I2S is primarily a competition of ideas where creativity, imagination, and technology are applied to solving social and/or environmental problems.

It is our hope that eventually these ideas will lead to sustainable organizations that are able to generate sufficient income flows to sustain their missions. If the organizations are for-profit companies, the ideas should eventually be capable of providing returns for investors as well.

I2S is About Creating Triple Bottom-Line Organizations

Simply put, I2S seeks to foster the development of organizations that are focused on the “triple bottom line,” showing concern for social and environmental outcomes as well as for economic return on investment.

Find out how the competition works here.  Stay up to date on I2S events by subscribing to our email list here

I2S 2014

The Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship held the final round of the 2014 Ideas to Serve (I2S) Competition in April.  I2S involves student/alumni teams with ideas for socially relevant products and services who compete for tens of thousands of dollars of prize money.  The final event is a poster showcase session that is open to the public. There is even a "people's choice" prize to be awarded based on votes from visitors to the competition.

I2S Teams are either in the Ideas Track, representing early-stage proposals, and the Advanced Track, where most of them have been through one or more rounds of the I2S (or, in several cases, the Global Social Venture Competition or the InVenture Prize). 

2014 Winners

Prize Name Amount Team
Ideas Track 1st $7000 Team Soular - Erica Raymond, Alexios Koltsidopoulos Papatzimos
Ideas Track 2nd $3000 Medical Emergency Information Service (MEIS) - Alexandra G Flohr
Ideas Track 3rd $2000 Lightboards - Ryan Akin
Advanced Track $2500 Flow Medtech - Christine Hang, Arnab Chakraborty, Yido Jang
Best Domestic Solution $2000 BME Health Reach - Kelsey Robert,s Emma Mihevc
People's Choice $500 BME Health Reach - Kelsey Roberts, Emma Mihevc
SpeechWorks Best Video Pitch $500 Sanivation - Jasmine Burton
Best Poster $500 Sanivation - Jasmine Burton
Click on a team name to see their pitch video on Youtube.
Team Soular - 1st place Ideas Track winner MEIS Lightboards
Team Soular MEIS Lightboards
Flow Medtech BME Health Reach Sanivation
Flow Medtech BME Health Reach Sanivation
Winners from Previous Years (click to view)
Our Sponsors (click to view)
  • The Hal and John Smith Family Foundation
  • Hub Atlanta
  • Gray Ghost Ventures
  • Atlanta Tech Village
  • AARP Foundation
  • MaRC Sustainable Design & Manufacturing
  • Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
  • Tedd Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship