UDC-CC Student Ideas Innovation Challenge (FALL 2020)

UDC-CC Student Ideas Innovation Challenge (FALL 2020)


UDC-CC Innovation Challenge Reboot: Registration is Open (FALL 2020)

The Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Guardian®, is your chance to become part of the solution to economic challenges facing our communities.

With the current health crisis at our doorsteps we have been forced into a virtual environment for everything from school to health care and social visits. We also know that economics play a key factor in equitable access to broadband Internet services and make us keenly aware of the digital divide across the country, disproportionately affecting our black and brown communities. This is just one of many issues we could look to tackle together!

We are looking for student teams to come up with creative ideas to solve for economic problems college students are encountering, and to make things better. Register now to be a part of the Innovation Challenge.

What’s the Challenge? 

Teams will be asked to provide ideas that consider the following:

  • What innovative products or services can help ensure college students can remain in school in the event of unplanned life events or challenges?

If a team is selected from the winning idea submissions, they will have the opportunity to pitch the idea in a virtual shark-tank to an expert panel at Guardian Life that will select the top ideas. Students on winning teams will be eligible to win prizes including up to $5,000 in a team cash award!

What’s Next?

Once you have registered, your team will receive credentials and be paired with a faculty mentor. Then it will be time to post your team ideas online.

Guardian will host virtual learning sessions to provide helpful background information on the challenge, instructions on how to use the challenge site, and share exciting ways to spark ideas. The deadline for idea submission is October 16, 2020.

For questions, contact us at Innovation@glic.com.

Let’s collectively use the challenge as an opportunity to create solutions that will benefit you and the college community.

Point of Contacts:

Professor Albert Pearsall III
Assistant Professor of Business

Professor Scott King
Associate Professor
Director, Division of Business and Education

The Guardian and UDC Team

About Guardian®

Every day, Guardian provides Americans the security they deserve through our insurance and wealth management products and services. Since our founding in 1860, our long-term view has helped our customers prepare for whatever life brings, whether starting a family, planning for the future or taking care of employees. Today, we’re a Fortune 250 mutual company and a leading provider of life, disability, dental, and other benefits for individuals, at the workplace and through government-sponsored programs. The Guardian community of over 9,000 employees and our network of over 2,500 financial representatives is committed to serving with expertise when, where and how our clients need us. Our commitments rest on a strong financial foundation, which at year-end 2019 included $9.3 billion in capital and $1.7 billion in operating income. For more information, please visit guardianlife.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Guardian® is a registered trademark of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

Benefits to Students

-Students can develop through an initiative that is grounded in learning, discovery, creativity and critical thought.

-Preparing students for success in a corporate environment.

-Provide internship opportunities for UDC students at Guardian.

-Provides exposure to executive leadership.

Benefits to UDC

-Through the challenge, UDC can provide students an opportunity to ideate and devise potential solutions for their communities and to stewarding the resources that sustain them.

-Ability to supplement their academic experiences with corporate experiences.

-Scholarship opportunities that can help students continue to achieve their scholarly goals.

Benefits to Guardian

Guardian has a strong commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community at Guardian, within the financial services industry, and within broader society.

-Helps Guardian attract top diverse early career talent.

-Gain with innovative ideas to current Guardian challenges by leveraging diverse perspectives and experiences.

-Introduce Guardian and our history to new audiences.