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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.  

Upcoming Events:
February 25, 2015 Innovation Challenge Oral Presentations
Final round of judging at NDSU Memorial Union
click here for schedule 

click here for 2014-15 Finalists

February 26, 2015  Innovation Challenge '15 Awards Luncheon  FARGODOME, Mezzazine level
(Registration required please register below)

Join us for the awards ceremony recognizing the winning teams from Innovation Challenge '15. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Pearce, president for research, Sanford Health.  Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
FARGODOME - Mezzazine Level 
(No charge for parking) 

Click here to register
Dr. Pearce is President for Research for Sanford Health.  He is also serves as the Director of the Sanford Childrens Health and Research Center and oversees a national registry for rare diseases known as the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS).  

Dr. Pearce heads the leading lab in juvenile Batten disease research.  He has been researching Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten Disease) since 1997.  He has published over 80 research papers on Batten disease.  His research has lead to the first clinical trial for juvenile Batten Disease.  He has served on numerous NIH review committees, has organized rare disease workshops for the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently a member of the executive committee for the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC).


Innovation Challenge ’15 Finalists Announcement
Congratulation to the following teams as they move on to the final round where they will give an oral presentation and be evaluated on February 25, 2015.

A Displaced Farmer
Color with Corn
Tea Time

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

App EZ
N.D. AuSome Narratives
The Bison Network

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 & Cathy Peltier











  Jim & Sandra Roers



 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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