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Welcome to Innovation Challenge '15
The NDSU Office of the Provost, in partnership with the NDSU Research and Technology Park, announces the 6th Annual Innovation Challenge Program formerly known as Innovation Week scheduled to culminate on February 26, 2015. Watch for Innovation Challenge ’15 events throughout the 2014-15 academic year, including the 4th Annual Innovation Challenge ’15, a competition focused on the innovative work being done by NDSU students.  
Check out the article covering the NDSU Innovation Challenge Pitch event written by from Emerging Prairie!  click here for article
Upcoming Events:
December 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015 - Innovation Challenge Teams can apply for a micro-grant to assist developing prototypes or other demonstrations of their innovations through funding of out-of-pocket costs. To learn more about this opportunity click on the following link:
January 27, 2015  Visual Presentations and  Networking Event 
NDSU Memorial Union, Plains Room 
12:00-1:00 p.m. Public Viewing of Team Projects/People's Choice Voting
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Team Evaluations (closed to the public)
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Public Viewing of Team Projects and Networking/People's
                          Choice Voting

February 3, 2015 Innovation Challenge Boot Camp 3 - Oral Presentations, Dale Carnegie Group at NDSU McGovern Alumni Center from 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

February 18, 2015 Innovation Challenge Boot Camp 3 cont.
Dr. Jeffrey Stamp will provide individual team feedback to final round participants at NDSU McGovern Alumni Center from 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Innovation Challenge ’15 Semifinalists Announcement
The following teams will move on to the Visual Presentation round to be evaluated on January 27, 2015.

Carbon Clean
Entrepreneurs of NDSU
Karson Designs
KSW Design, Inc.
Liu Group
Sky Hawk
The Clothes Hanger: Reinvented
Wheel Lift You Up

Abdelrahman Magid
Protein per Dollar
The Bison Network
N.D. AuSome Narratives

A Displaced Farmer
Color with Corn
Tea Time
The Pyros

The purpose of Innovation Week is to:

Encourage students to be innovative thinkers

Enhance student awareness for innovation as a precursor to entrepreneurship

Empower students to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice

Expand student access to resources available for innovators and entrepreneurs

Engage the current entrepreneur and business communities with students

 The competition is open to all NDSU undergraduate and graduate students.

A total of $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to students with the most innovative ideas.

The North Dakota Corn Council is once again a generous sponsor of the event to encourage the development of new uses for corn-based products in the marketplace. Their desire is to find innovative thinkers to develop new products and services for corn in the areas of farming, storage, transportation, feeding and processing.

The competition will have three tracks:

1.  Products of any kind

2.  Services of any kind

            3.  Goods/services focused on corn – farming, storage, transportation,

feeding, processing

Click Here for 2013-14 Finalists

First-place winners in each track will receive $5,000. Second- and third-place winners in each track and the People’s Choice Award recipient also will receive cash prizes.

If you have questions about Innovation Challenge’15, contact the NDSU Research and Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email 
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Friends of NDSU Innovation Week 2015

Innovation Challenge'15 is made possible in part through the generous financial contributions of many companies and individuals.

On behalf of the NDSU Provost’s Office and NDSU Research & Technology Park, we’d like to extend our thanks to the many individuals who have generously contributed time, talent and resources to Innovation Challenge. We cannot do this without you.

If you are interested in learning more about Innovation Challenge and would like to know how you or your company can help, please contact us.

You can also donate now. Your donation will help Innovation Challenge teams use their ingenuity, enthusiasm, and skills to make a positive difference in the world. To donate, please email Jan Sobolik,

The Innovation Challenge sponsors underwrite awards, invest in our technology, and contribute toward the costs of running the competition. We are especially grateful to: 

Premier Sponsor
















Keith & Kathy Peltier












 These programs are supported by federal grant funding from the
United States Economic Development Administration

If you have questions about Innovation Week ’14, contact the NDSU Research & Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email

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