Innovation Day

Experience entrepreneurship across North Dakota

Innovation Day is a day dedicated to showcasing innovative projects and ideas across North Dakota. Join us on November 19th in celebrating innovation throughout our great state!




  • Nice Idea Showcase
    Students will showcase their idea at a statewide competition. A panel of experts chooses winners who receive cash prizes and resources to make their ideas a reality. The Nice Center at NDSU also provides scholarships for students who want to continue exploring entrepreneurship after high school. The final showcase is hosted virtually on November 19th.
  • InnovateND Showcase
    Innovate North Dakota is a voucher and grant program available to entrepreneurs in North Dakota. Through expert guidance from business coaches at Entrepreneurial Centers, Innovate ND provides the entrepreneurial community of North Dakota the resources needed to help turn an innovative idea into a profitable business.
  • Innovation Challenge Showcase
    Innovation Challenge is a national idea competition hosted by NDSU. It helps students learn essential skills of creativity, problem-solving, public speaking, and collaboration. Participants bring an idea, receive mentorship and training, and share their final product with the entire state on Innovation Day – November 19th, with over $21,000 in cash and prizes going to participants.
  • Nice Leap Showcase
    The program begins with an in-person design thinking workshop where you formulate your leap — a “leap” is a specific, time-bound project designed to help you leave your comfort zone and learn something new. Then we match you with a project to help you take your leap. Finally, you share what you’ve learned with the community in the showcase.