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The Cairns Foundation Scholarship has assisted me in my journey to educational success for nearly 3 years. The funds I have received from the Foundation have helped me with the tuition,...
Danielle M.
Daytona Beach, FL
The assistance that The Cairns Foundation provided for our wheel-weight-tool inventions was instrumental in turning our ideas into marketable, profitable products. It’s exciting and...
Russell & Kim Barnhart
Daytona Beach, FL
The Cairns Foundation was established in 2003 by James L. Cairns. The Cairns Foundation's mission is to identify creative students with entrepreneurial potential, then for their own benefit and for that of the community, to mentor and financially help them achieve technical and commercial success.

To fulfill its mission the Foundation co-sponsors an annual Innovation Challenge wherein students from local colleges and universities pitch their ideas to a group of potential investors and compete for cash prizes and ongoing business-incubator support. It's a winning experience for the community and all those who participate, not only those who take away prizes. Additionally, Cairns Foundation members mentor inventors of all ages.

For more information about the Innovation Challenge please contact us at
386-872-3100 or 386-872-3101

Applications must be submitted to

Please click on the INNOVATION CHALLENGE tab for more details and application requirements.

Final pitch event on April 19, 2018 by invitation only.

Finalists from the four schools will present their innovative ideas to a group of local investors, providing the student entrepreneurs with a possible opportunity to advance their technology's commercialization through early-stage funding.

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi
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