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ASU has developed our Innovation Challenges program, a series of competitions that are defined and led by our colleges and schools. The ASU Innovation Challenges engage students in the New American University design aspiration of valuing entrepreneurship and providing entrepreneurial experiences to all ASU students.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, each ASU school and college will engage at least 10% of their students in an Innovation Challenge competition, cultivating a greater culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.



Sun Devil Igniter Challenge

W.P. Carey School of Business
Open to all ASU students

Develop your innovative and disruptive ideas as you compete for $50,000 in seed investment and a seasoned board of directors.

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Obesity Solutions Challenge

College of Health Solutions and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Open to all ASU students

Design and develop innovative and scalable obesity solutions that work for real people in the real world, and make a difference in the health of your communities.

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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Open to Herberger students

Design big ideas to transform a brick courtyard at Tempe into a vital gathering place for students, faculty and visitors.

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The Verizon Energy Efficiency Challenge

The School of Sustainability
Open to all ASU students

Create innovative ideas that increase the productivity of electricity and support sustainable energy.

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Guide, Grow, Give

New College
Open to first-year New College students

Develop and implement ideas for shared service projects for next year’s first-year class.


Creativity in Education

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Open to all ASU students

Develop a new solution to inspire creativity and innovation in education?

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Civil Dialogue

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies & the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
Create a space for constructive civil dialogue on a complex social issue

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Past – Future Challenge

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Use our knowledge of the past to create the world we want in the future.

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Extreme Recovery Challenge

ASU Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation
The theme of the challenge is extreme recovery. In other words: How can we recover oil differently and more efficiently?

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The SESE Elevator Pitch Competitions

School of Earth and Space Exploration
At the start of spring term 2015 SESE will run three pitching competitions, one each for postdoctoral scholars, senior graduate students, and the new undergrads joining SESE through our "Exploring SESE" class.

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Public Programs Challenge

School of Community Resources and Development, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs, School of Social Work.
Put your classroom learning, your experience and your passion together to solve a public problem

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Changemaker Challenge

University Wide
Open to all ASU students

Coming this Fall, the Changemaker Challenge is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at ASU to make a difference in our local and global communities through innovation. Students can win up to $10,000 to make innovation project, prototype, venture or ideas happen.

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Prizes for the ASU Innovation Challenges program are only possible through the contributions of forward thinking organizations and people with a passion for advancing innovation through student ideas and energy. Corporate entities can sponsor challenges that result in innovative game-changing ideas that solve real corporate challenges.

Individuals can contribute to the ASU Innovation Challenges program to help turn students’ innovative ideas into reality.


If you are interested in partnering with ASU on an Innovation Challenge, please contact Lauren Wade