Innovation Challenge

Welcome to the Innovation Challenge

The NDSU Innovation Challenge is made possible by the NDSU Research & Technology Park, in partnership with the NDSU Office of the Provost. Each year, this event showcases NDSU students’ innovative ideas and entrepreneurial skills.



Questions or interested in participating?
Call the NDSU Research and Technology Park at 701.499.3600, or email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com.

About the Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge encourages students to bring their best ideas forward. Knowing that innovations come in all shapes and sizes, we encourage you, as students, to be innovative thinkers, enhance your entrepreneurial awareness, empower you to pursue entrepreneurial careers, expand your access to resources available for innovators and entrepreneurs, and help you engage with entrepreneurs and business leaders in our communities.


We encourage you to share your ideas across multiple innovation tracks, including:

  • Products
  • Services
  • Agriculture
  • Social Innovations

The Innovation Challenge Process

By advancing your innovative ideas through three rounds of competition, you’ll be eligible to win enticing prizes.


The three rounds of competition include:

Innovation Proposal

Your first chance to clearly explain your innovation, how it’s unique, and the impact it has on the world or industry.

Semi-Final Presentation and Progress Review

A visual presentation to show your idea’s viability and progress, and get oral feedback from the judges.

Final Presentation

A short, complete presentation. The best ideas from these presentations will be rewarded with cash prizes and recognition for their outstanding innovations.

The Innovation Challenge Resources

Once enrolled, you’ll attend the Innovation Boot Camp sessions and learn from Dr. Jeff Stamp, a well-known instructor and entrepreneur, as he teaches you how to move your innovation to reality and share your concepts with investors and advocates.


We’re also proud to offer many resources to help you be successful, such as:

  • Bison Brainstorm – A night to brainstorm and develop your ideas. Test your ideas with other students and meet people to form teams.
  • Pitch Night – Present your idea to other students and business leaders in 60 seconds or less for a chance to win valuable prizes.

The Innovation Challenge Prizes

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 are awarded $5,000 (first place), $1,000 (second place) or $500 (third place).  People’s Choice winner receives $1,000.


Looking to learn more?
Call the NDSU Research and Technology Park at 701.499.3600, or email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com.

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’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, 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

Dakota Medical Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Upcoming Event

Pitch Night – Oct. 20th


Want to know more about the Innovation Challenge?

Download the competition document today!


Innovation Challenge 2016 - 2017

If you have questions about Innovation Challenge,

contact the NDSU Research and Technology Park