Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Innovation Challenge seeking teams

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Harrison College of Business and Catapult Creative House are preparing for their annual Innovation Challenge in November.

The Innovation Challenge is a contest among students of any major and background to create projects to implement at Southeast.

Students are invited to create a team of two to three people to implement a program, campaign or other activity from which the Southeast community would benefit from. Diverse majors among teammates is highly encouraged.

The project should showcase impactfulness, innovation and feasibility in order to be considered for competition, according to the Innovation Challenge website.

Examples of these projects include sustainable programs to implement at Southeast, such as a sexual violence awareness campaign or a diversity awareness program for students.

Finance major Gavin Pringle decided to enter the challenge to build his resume and have an opportunity to win money. He said his interest in the competition began when he got second place in the start-up pitch competition last spring.

It allows you to take an idea all the way from conception until the end. Its a good way to have a friendly competition, to practice new ideas, and to learn a lot, Pringle said.

Registrants must be undergraduate students at Southeast enrolled in 12 credit hours or more, or graduate students enrolled in 6 credit hours or more.

Registration must be completed by Oct. 18, and project submissions must be in by Nov. 6. The top three winners will be announced on Nov. 13.

From there, the top three teams are asked to prepare a presentation of eight to 10 minutes to present to judges Nov. 20.

The first-place team will receive a $750 cash prize, with second and third place receiving $500 and $250, respectively. A People's Choice prize will also be awarded.

For more information on the Challenge, visit