Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge encourages students to develop and showcase innovative ideas for a chance to win resources to bring them to life. Join us this fall online.

About Innovation Challenge

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 cash prizes and powerful connections available to winning teams.

Innovation Challenge is open to all high school, undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the country. This year, the event is a 100% virtual format with teams competing in the social impact, graduate research, or entrepreneurship tracks.

Bottom line: bring your idea, join an idea, or make it up as you go and learn from local business leaders who want to see you succeed. Sign up below to get started. We’ll help you find a team or take action on your idea.

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How to Participate

There are three steps to participate in Innovation Challenge.

  1. Enter your application above by October 27th.
    You can enter with or without a team and with or without an idea. We will help connect you with other students and help you find skills you may need to improve your idea.
  2. Learn more and build your idea in our free online bootcamp. Join here.
    Our online bootcamp shares more details about Innovation Challenge and walks you through how to create, test, and launch your idea. These short 1-3 minute videos are a great way for anyone to learn more about ideation and entrepreneurship.
  3. Enter your 3 minute pitch video by November 12th. 
    Innovation Challenge teams will submit a 3 minute pitch via video by November 12th. The judges will choose the finalist from those videos. The finalists will then present live in our TV studio or via Zoom on November 19th as a part of ND Innovation Day. Get your tickets to watch the finals here.

Key Dates


October 20th at 6 p.m. – Ask Me Anything – Online

Our online bootcamp is a great way to learn more about Innovation Challenge and how to improve your idea.

In addition to the course, Scott Meyer will be online for an AMA – Ask Me Anything. All participants are encourages to join the online call to ask questions, get feedback, and connect with other Innovation Challenge participants.

Register for the Innovation Challenge AMA here.


October 27th – Applications Due

You can submit your application here.


November 12th – Project Showcase Video

Share your idea with judges in a three minute video in order to move to the finals. All applicants will receive more details on crafting your three-minute pitch. Finalists will be chosen November 13th.


November 17th at 6 p.m. – Bootcamp 3

Build your presentation for the finals and update your financials. All finalists are welcome to the final preparation.


November 19th at 2 p.m. – Virtual Showcase

Join us for North Dakota Innovation Day where you share your pitch for a chance to win.


Learn More and Register

Take advantage of all the free advice, workshops, and resources we have available to make that mission a reality. Fill out the form to get started with the Innovation Challenge.