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PRIZES

Prize amounts for local idea competition and national idea competition.

Local Competition Prizes

As stated in our rules, the winning contestants of the regional competitions (the competitions hosted at their respective schools) will win cash prizes. Although the top 5 finalists will be selected from the online submission pool, prizes will be awarded based on the results of judging the presentations at the live competition the finalists will be invited to. The results of judging at the regional competitions will determine the rank of the 10 finalists (from 1st to 10th place) and prizes will be awarded accordingly:


1st - $1000 USD

2nd - $600 USD

3rd - $400 USD

4th - $200 USD

5th - $100 USD

6th - $75 USD

7th - $50 USD

8th - $40 USD

9th - $30 USD

10th - $25 USD

National Competition Prizes

The 1st place winner of the regional competitions at their respective schools will qualify to compete as contestants in the FOCUSS National Idea Competition the following month. Prizes will also be awarded based on the results of judging the presentation at the live national competition. The results of judging at the national competition will determine the rank of the top 6 ranked winners (from 1st to 6th place) and prizes will be awarded accordingly:


1st - $5,000 USD and a potential internship or permanent employment opportunity with sponsoring corporate partner.

2nd - $2,500 USD

3rd - $1,500 USD

4th - $1,500 USD

5th - $250 USD

6th - $100 USD

(Prize details subject to change.)