Northeastern Maryland Business Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge


MISSION: Conquer the Opioid Crisis

Join the fight to address our regional opioid crisis through creative collaboration and business innovation. Form a team, bring your best ideas, and work with our on-site mentors – regional professionals and leaders from government, industry, and academia – to prove that your ideas for prevention, treatment, or recovery can make a substantial difference in the fight against opioid addiction and its effects. Final concepts will be pitched directly to our team of judges, comprised of notable area business leaders, who will determine the winners.


Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm


Harford Community College, Joppa Hall


Cash prizes of $5,000 or more will be awarded to the winners of the competition.


  • Prevention Methods
  • Social Implications of Addition
  • Law Enforcement/Interdiction: Policy/Process/Tech & Capabilities
  • Treatment Methodology
  • Biotechnology Solutions
  • Patient Data and Management
  • Genetic Factors
  • Human Resources, Employment, Business
  • Recovery & Wellness Sustainment

Teams must select one challenge focus area.

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Northeastern Maryland is home to a unique innovation ecosystem comprised of government, industry, and academic organizations, including the U.S. Army installation at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). APG is home to an expansive collection of science, technology, research, and development laboratories and testing facilities that have a strong history of working collaboratively to deliver innovative solutions.

Like many areas across our great nation, Northeastern Maryland is in the midst of battling the opioid epidemic and its effects. This crisis has impacted nearly community, employer, and family.

PROVE IT! seeks to bring together teams of innovators, entrepreneurs, and skilled individuals into a creative and collaborative innovation challenge to inspire, develop, and present viable, commercializable solutions aimed at addressing the devastating effects of opioid addiction.

Final concepts will be pitched directly to our team of judges, comprised of notable area leaders, who can help realize YOUR solutions for the betterment of our communities!


  • 8:00 am – Doors open
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am – Registration, breakfast
  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am – Orientation
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Break-out Session 1
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Grab-and-go Lunch available
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Break-out Session 2 (Pitch Development)
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Pitch Competition*
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Awards/Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – Close

*Based on the number of competing teams, the format of the Pitch Competition may be divided into preliminary and final pitch rounds.

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