In support of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which took place in November, STVP organized the Global Innovation Tournament. Students around the world had just four days to create as much value as possible from…water bottles…and convey their results in a short YouTube video.
Winning entries included useful and potentially marketable gadgets, eco-awareness campaigns, an algae bioreactor, art sculptures with a message, and Monty Python-style parodies. Go here for a complete list of global and Stanford winners, including links to their videos. More than 1,200 students from over 50 institutions in more than a dozen countries participated. The Global Innovation Tournament is a fast and furious "Apprentice-style" competition that encourages students to work in teams, challenge assumptions, seize opportunities, and be creative. Most of all, it gives them a taste of what it’s like to be entrepreneurial by creating value from basically nothing (in this case, an object that usually winds up in the garbage), while working with constraints, such as limited time and resources.