We’re really testing the limits of the Skild platform this week with the close of entries for two of our clients, and the registration deadline for the Innovation Challenge. Entries for the inaugural GMAC MET Fund Ideas to Innovation Challenge are due on Friday – it’s only a one page submission for a shot at $50K. What’s your creative idea for how to improve graduate management education?

We’re in the final stages of the Ideas to Innovation Challenge with the contest closing tomorrow. Have you had time to consider the Challenge Question: What one idea would improve graduate management education? Is your idea ready?

**Entry deadline: October 8, 2010**

On the submission site, you can submit your idea, check out the FAQs, and add team members if you’d like to work together. Remember: 1 idea, 3 paragraphs—that’s all it takes for your chance at $50,000.


Also related to graduate management education is the 8th annual Innovation Challenge. Registrations close today, so get your teams together and sign up!

The 2010 Innovation Challenge, the world’s largest and most established MBA innovation competition, will close its doors to team registration today – Thursday, October 7, 2010 @ 8:00pm Eastern. This is your last change to be a part of our largest competition to date.

The Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their creative talents in front of their peers, school, sponsoring organizations and prospective employers. Some of this year’s highlights include:

•  Awarding $25,000 in cash and the title of “America’s Most Innovative MBA Team!”
•  The Innovation Challenge will be held entirely online
•  Students from all US graduate programs are eligible to participate in our eighth competition
•  Our new format provides a heightened experience for teams. packed with valuable feedback, better interaction, and opportunities to network directly with sponsoring organizations that include Samsung Electronics, Shell Oil and their Jiffy Lube brand, and an anonymous sponsor whose interest lies in Social Innovation

Please consider this email your official invitation and last chance to register for 2010; feel free to share our information and invite with others. We hope you find our program beneficial and consider registering a team. Should you have any questions we would love to hear from you.


Finally, the 3rd annual Zayed Future Energy Prize is wrapping up submissions this week for their $2.2 million award. See the press release below for further details.

October 8 Submission Deadline for $2.2 Million (USD)  Zayed Future Energy Prize Fast Approaching

Annual award for renewable and sustainable energy solutions is open to individuals, organizations, and NGOs globally. Apply online at www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com

The Zayed Future Energy Prize, the largest annual prize for renewable energy and sustainability, will close submissions for its 2011 awards on 8 October 2010.  Individuals, organizations, and NGO’s who have made significant advancements in this field, are strongly encouraged to apply. A purse of $1.5 million (USD) will be awarded to the winner, and $350,000 (USD) each will be awarded to up to two additional finalists for innovation, leadership and achievement across a wide spectrum of renewable energy solutions, energy conservation, social entrepreneurship, education and sustainability. Candidate submissions will be received until Midnight (PT), 8 October 2010. Register online at www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com and there is NO cost to submit or nominate.

The third annual Zayed Future Energy Prize will be awarded in 18 January 2011, after a rigorous and transparent selection process by two committees and a jury comprised of leading international experts in renewable energy and sustainability. Dr. R.K. Pachauri of India, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairman of the WMO/UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, leads the jury, which also includes Olafur Ragner Grisson, President of the Republic of Iceland; Susan Hockfield, President of MIT; and Jeremy Rifkin, author, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends and Advisor to the European Union, among other notables.

Submissions are judged on three primary criteria:

•  Innovation: proof of cutting-edge concepts and solutions that solve today’s energy and sustainability challenges.
•  Long-term vision: demonstration of ability to scale through a commercially viable or sustainable business model.
•  Leadership: championing their vision in order to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions.

The continually evolving nature of our renewable energy challenges provides a fresh opportunity each year for those exploring innovative solutions. Over the past two years, the prize has helped raise the profile of its winners, inspired thousands of budding innovators and focused attention on the promise of exciting renewable energy developments.

In its first two years, The Zayed Future Energy Prize has honored such diverse winners as a Bangladeshi entrepreneur whose market-based business model has brought solar power to two million people in off-grid rural communities. Finalists have included a scientist from Australia, a businessman whose company, based in China, is the world’s largest maker of photovoltaic panels, and from India, a provider of a low-cost, low-energy irrigation technology for rural farmers.

For complete information, applications and videos: www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com

For guidance on submissions, contact Diane Murphy at dianewmurphy@gmail.com

Media Contact: Ian Murphy –  (310) 689-6397 – murphian@gmail.com

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