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Are you one of the innovative students who has already embarked on the 2024 Imagine Cup journey? Or maybe you're contemplating joining this exceptional global technology competition for visionary entrepreneurs building with AI and may register for the 2024 Imagine Cup? Either way, it's time to delve into what lies ahead as you progress through the competition stages. Let's explore the exciting next steps on your path to AI innovation and entrepreneurship.1. Qualifying: Build the Future with AI
For those of you who have already submitted your innovative AI startup idea to qualify, kudos on taking the first step! If you haven't yet, no worries; there's still time! The qualifying stage, which began on October 16, runs through January 24, 2024, but you need to submit as soon as possible to get access to the credits you need to build you Minimum Viable Product (MVP).So, don't miss your chance to submit your proof of concept demonstrating how your AI-driven solution can make a real impact on industry or society. Reminder: This is your ticket to the rest of your Imagine Cup journey.
Before you head to stage 2…
- Now is your time to build as you gain access to Founders Hub. Once you're approved in the Qualifying Stage, the next phase awaits. As an Imagine Cup participant, you'll gain access to the exciting Founders Hub. This platform is your key to building the future with AI. It's where you receive USD1,000 in Azure credits and USD2,500 in OpenAI credits. Reminder: These resources are the tools you need to craft AI-driven solutions that will set you apart on your journey. So, make sure you're all set to maximize these benefits!
- You can participate in the Imagine Cup Cloud Skills Challenge. This is your chance to gain essential AI, tech, and entrepreneurial skills. These skills will prove valuable not only during the competition but throughout your entire entrepreneurial journey. It's an opportunity to sharpen your skills and enhance your potential for future endeavors.
2. Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Submissions
As the competition progresses, the next milestone is the MVP submission period. Use your qualifier benefits to build your MVP submission. Mark your calendars for January 26 - February 9, when you’ll submit your Minimum Viable Product. This step is mandatory for your advancement in the competition, so be sure to review the rules and regulations to ensure your submission meets the requirements. Reminder: This is where your innovative ideas start to take shape and become tangible so that you can share your startup ideas with others!
3. Semifinals: Accelerate Your Growth
Congratulations to those who advance to the Semifinals! In this stage, you're in for a thrilling ride. Collaborate with experienced entrepreneurial and technical mentors who will help you refine your business plan and prototype while harnessing AI for your startup's success. You'll have networking opportunities, technical guidance, and access to Founders Hub Level 2, along with an additional USD4,000 in Azure credits. From helping you leverage Microsoft’s industry-leading AI capabilities for your startup, to inspiring you with what is possible as an entrepreneur, your mentors will be trusted partners on your path to success. The Semifinals are where your strategic business ideas take off, powered by cutting-edge Microsoft AI. Reminder: Along the way, you’ll connect with a vibrant community of changemakers and drive meaningful positive change through your journey as a founder.
4. World Championship: Showcase Your Business Globally
The pinnacle of your Imagine Cup journey is the World Championship, where the top three teams compete on a global stage at Microsoft Build! This is where your depth, potential, and innovation will shine. Showcase your ability to create real-world impact, demonstrating how technology can drive positive change in industry and society. The stakes are high, with the winning team securing USD100,000, an exclusive mentorship session with Microsoft Chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella, and global recognition that opens doors to future opportunities.
Reminder: The two runner-up teams will each receive USD50,000.
5. Imagine Cup and Beyond
As your Imagine Cup 2024 journey unfolds, remember that you're joining a vibrant community of changemakers that will continue beyond the competition. The competition empowers you to make a real-world impact through AI-driven entrepreneurship. It's an experience that promises learning, innovation, mentorship, and a chance to showcase your startup on a global stage.
Stay tuned for more updates, guidance, and inspiration as you proceed through the stages. Remember, your startup success is our goal, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Continue to dream big, innovate, and drive positive change – the Imagine Cup community can't wait to see where your journey takes you!
If you haven’t already: Register for the 2024 Imagine Cup!