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Competition to award cash prizes to top product, service and corn-based innovations

Published October 10, 2012

NDSU is gearing up for its second annual innovation competition. Innovation Challenge ’13 will be held during Innovation Week, Feb. 25 to March 1. The competition will award cash prizes to the top product, service and corn-based innovations.

Registration is open Oct. 10-24.

“Creating solutions to real-world challenges is part of who we are at NDSU,” said Brenda Wyland, interim executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. “Innovation is happening all over campus, and this competition is designed to showcase, encourage and reward student innovation.”

The 2013 competition has a new format with three tracks for innovation teams to enter:

1.     Products

2.     Services, methods or processes

3.     Corned-based innovations

The new corn-innovation track is sponsored by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. The track is open to products or services that involve new uses for the grain, stalks, cobs, oil or protein as well as new methods of production or processing.

The winning entry in each track will receive a $5,000 prize. The three track winners will then compete for the Best in Show prize of an additional $5,000, a total of $10,000 for the overall winner.

People attending Innovation Challenge ’13 events will vote for an entry to receive the People’s Choice Award and a $1,000 prize.

Innovation Challenge ’13 is open to all NDSU students, undergraduate and graduate. “We are looking for new, progressive ideas from teams in all disciplines,” Wyland said. “Innovation isn’t just for the sciences; it is for anyone who thinks, ‘wouldn’t it be cool if ...’ ”

NDSU’s first Innovation Challenge was held in January 2012, with 21 teams participating.

Innovation Week is sponsored by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the NDSU Research and Technology Park. 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

To find details about the competition or to register, visit To stay updated on Innovation Challenge ’13 and Innovation Week ’13, follow the Research and Technology Park on Facebook.


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