CONTACT US  
Skip navigation links
Competition Documents
Archived Presentations
Upcoming IC Events
ARTICLES and PAST WINNERS
 
Welcome to Innovation Challenge '17 

INNOVATION CHALLENGE '17
 
The 8th Annual Innovation Challenge is brought to you by the NDSU Research and Technology Park in partnership with the NDSU Office of the Provost, to showcase NDSU students’ innovative ideas and entrepreneurial skills.

A total of $27,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the students with the most innovative ideas. The best ideas in each track could be worth $500 (third place), $1,000 (second place), $5,000 (first place) and could set you on the path to entrepreneurial stardom.

The purpose of Innovation Challenge is to encourage students to be innovative thinkers, enhance their entrepreneurial awareness, empower them to pursue entrepreneurial careers, expand their access to resources available for innovators and entrepreneurs, and to engage with entrepreneurs and business leaders in our communities.

Innovations come in all shapes and sizes, and we want to encourage students to bring their best ideas across multiple disciplines. Innovation Challenge ’17 offers four innovation tracks: Products, Services, Agricultural, and Social Innovations.

Advance your idea through three rounds of competition and find out if you have what it takes to win the big prize:

The Innovation Proposal is your first chance to clearly tell what your innovation is and how it is unique and different, describing the impact on the world or industry. 

The Semi-final Presentation and Progress Review where your team will give a visual presentation to show your idea’s viability and progress, and get oral feedback from the judges.

The Final Presentation where your team will give a short, complete presentation and where the best ideas will be rewarded with cash prizes and recognition for outstanding innovation.

If you’re not sure about your idea or don’t know how to form a team, you have two opportunities to test ideas, either yours or others.

Bison Brainstorm is a fun and exciting night planned by students for students to brainstorm and develop your idea. Test your ideas with other students and use the evening to meet people to form teams.

Pitch Night gives you the opportunity to present your great idea to other students and business leaders in 60 seconds or less, and you’ll be eligible to win a tablet computer, plus free pizza.

Once enrolled in Innovation Challenge, attend the Innovation Boot Camp sessions. Learn from Dr. Jeff Stamp, a well known instructor and entrepreneur, as he teaches you how to move your innovation to reality and how to share your concepts with investors and evangelists.

The competition is open to all NDSU undergraduate and graduate students. Registration for Innovation Challenge ’17 is now open until Oct. 28, 2016. See calendar for upcoming events and deadlines. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Feb. 28, 2017.

If you have questions about Innovation Challenge ’17, contact the NDSU Research and Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com. 
2016-17 Innovation Challenge Schedule

SIGN UP NOW TO JOIN INNOVATION CHALLENGE '17

______________________________________ 

Innovation Challenge ’16 Winners:

Agriculture Service
1st place Clean the Cluck Up 1st place Opti-M3D
2nd place Ward Enterprise 2nd place Gone Rogue Travel Co.
3rd place ConveySure 3rd place JobFairy
 
Product Social
1st place Protosthetics 1st place Carbon Negative
2nd place Advanced Bone Technology 2nd place One Hawk
3rd place T&T Innovative Solutions 3rd place KidSmiley

Click here to read team descriptions

______________________________________


 

 
The purpose of Innovation Challenge 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 $27,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to students with the most innovative ideas. Your best idea could be worth $500, $1000, even $5,000 and could set you on the path to entrepreneurial stardom.

The competition will have four tracks:

1. Agriculture

2. Products

3. Services

            4. Social Impact 

 If you have questions about Innovation Challenge’16, contact the NDSU Research and Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com 
Follow us on Facebook: NDSU Research & Technology Park and NDSU Innovation Challenge

______________________________________


Friends of NDSU Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge 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 would 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, jan@ndsuresearchpark.com.

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

  


    GOLD SPONSOR

                   

       

 

            

        

 

           


SILVER SPONSORS

     

          

      

                          
      

                     

                   

             Keith & Cathy Peltier


 
BRONZE SPONSOR


                   


      


 

       
 
 

               

    

        

               

                       

                                                           
  

                                        

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

If you have questions about Innovation Challenge, contact the NDSU Research & Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com.

            Follow us on Facebook: NDSU Research & Technology Park