Welcome to the Innovation Challenge
The NDSU Research and Technology Park hosts the Innovation Challenge each year, an idea competition for students with potential to become a business or are a cause for future research. Learn more and sign up here.
This years participation has been expanded to include any colllege student participant and starting with 2019 moved to the fall semester for the first time ever! #ICNDSU2020 is a competition with expertise guidance opportunities and other valuable experience and exposure along the way. The virtual or physical boot camps allow for even the busiest schedules to be able to access them.
Teams will compete in one of three innovation tracks. The Social Impact Track consists of projects related to the overall improvement of community, regional, or world issues. Graduate students interested in competing with an innovation related to their research, thesis, or dissertation may compete in the Graduate Research Track. All other students with innovative products or services unrelated to items listed in the GRT will compete in the Entrepreneurship Track.
#ICNDSU Kicks off with Hype Night Sept. 22 2020 at The NDSU Alumni Center and serves as an introduction to the competition. There will be opportunities for professional development and networking over the course of each of the events. Three in-person and three virtual Boot Camps will provide insight via a series of workshops on Oct. 6, Oct 20 and Nov. 17 from 5:30-8 at the NDSU Alumni Center led by Scott Meyer- Ozbun Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at NDSU. The Project Showcase is a requirement for innovators in the competition and takes place on Oct. 29 at the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom. (Judging will take place prior with all teams in attendance.) Participants in the competition will display their innovation for the community. The Creative Destruction Award (Plaque and $250) will be presented at the end of the evening via the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise as well as the Dr. Wells Peoples’ Choice Award. The top innovators will advance to the Final Pitch/Awards Night on December 1 at 4pm in the Memorial Union Plains Room. Cash awards are given to the top three teams in each category.
The Innovation Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to find practical applications for their academic knowledge, develop their skills, and add to their resume. Many students will take their ability to present a technical or detail-oriented idea in a way that is simplistic and easy to understand and apply it directly to their careers. The Innovation Challenge provides life skills that instantly make students marketable and give them a way to stand out when applying for jobs.
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