Southeast Innovation Challenge 2016 Announced

global-entrepreneurship-week-2016The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University announces the inaugural Southeast Innovation Challenge to coincide with this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 14-18. The competition gives current students the opportunity to be heard and win prizes for describing an innovative program, initiative or service that improves the student experience in a meaningful way.

The Southeast Innovation Challenge is open to teams of two to three undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 hours and graduate students enrolled in at least six hours. After the teams have researched and developed their ideas, they will submit a two- to three-page Executive Summary online by Nov. 2 for the panel of judges to review and score based on how impactful, innovative and feasible the idea is. Diversity amongst majors on the team is strongly encouraged and will be rewarded by additional points added in the judging process.

The top three teams will be notified by Nov. 9 and will present their ideas at a Common Hour program scheduled on Nov. 16 in Academic Hall. The judges will then award first, second and third place with prizes, and the audience will vote to select a People’s Choice winner to receive additional prizes. The prizes consist of iPads (or choice of cash equivalent), gift cards and more.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the informational sessions being held at Catapult Creative House at 610 Broadway noon on Oct. 12 or at 4 p.m. Oct. 18. More information, including judging criteria and submission deadlines, is available online at catapultsemo.com/sic.