ban Horned Frog Brain Hack

We're looking for your solutions for some of today's top challenges.

At White Board

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosts the Horned Frog Brain Hack to empower students to take action on a current challenge.

All TCU undergrads and graduate students welcome.

First Place: $250
Second Place $150
Third Place: $100

The 2020 Challenge

How to help the expected surge in mental health issues during and after COVID-19.

  • A shortage of mental health workers and funding existed prior to COVID-19.
  • Estimates predict half of the population will suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The system isn't prepared to accommodate that number.

Get Started

You have a week to gather info, come up with ideas, validate your ideas and then pitch for cash prizes.

Register Now

MONDAY: An expert will give you more information on the state of the challenge.
  • Register to attend the webinar with Dr. Brian Dixon, TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.
  • Monday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. CST.
  • We'll send the link to all registrants.
TUESDAY: Come up with solutions.
  • Ideate. Get feedback.
  • Get tips on customer discovery, prototyping, lean startup, how to pitch, and more. Attend a webinar featuring Dr. Shannon Younger.
  • April 21, 3:00 p.m. CST.
  • We'll send the link to all registrants.
WEDNESDAY: Pitch your proposed solution/hacks in a virtual meeting by 10:00 a.m. CST.
  • Each person gets 90 seconds to pitch.
  • Everyone attending will choose the top three ideas.
  • Everyone then chooses which idea/team they want to work with.
  • Teams are formed and mentors assigned to teams by 5:00 p.m. CST.
THURSDAY: Validate your idea
  • Work with your team, faculty, and mentors to validate your proposed solutions.
FRIDAY: Each of the teams will present your validated idea (virtual setting) to judges for a chance to win First, Second or Third prize, 5:00-6:00 p.m. CST.
  • Each team gets 10 minutes to pitch.
  • Teams will set up virtual meetings and invite the judges. We'll send you their emails.
  • As hosts of the virtual meetings, you can share your screen to show slides, graphs, charts, photos, etc., to support your idea.
  • Judges will determine the winners and announce via email to all participants.