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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.
Through Innovation Challenges, you have the opportunity to engage in relevant and real problems, create real solutions that can have an immediate impact, and in some cases, win prize money for great ideas.



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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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.


Health Innovation Exhibition

College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Open to first-year College of Nursing and Health Innovation Students

Reflect on real-world community problems within the realm of healthcare with the goal of generating innovation and timely solutions


Open to all Herberger Institute students

Pitch your innovative design, entertainment or arts idea to our panel of judges in two minutes and you could win $500! The audience choice winner receives a $250 prize.
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New Venture Challenge (Graduation Course + Competition

W.P. Carey School of Business

Open to all ASU graduate students
Fine tune your innovative new venture ideas with guidance from mentors and teachers who have launched and sold businesses; compete for a piece of the cash and services prizes valued over $100,000, plus strategic mentorship.

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Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

W.P. Carey School of Business

Open to all ASU students -- for-profit and non-profit ideas
Develop your idea to improve our communities through social innovation as you compete for $27,500 in seed funding and strategic mentors to guide you as you develop and grow.

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Pave Arts Venture Incubator

Open to all ASU students

Develop and grow an innovative project in the arts with up to $5,000 in seed funding and one-on-one coaching through a professional sustainability workshop.

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Public Service and Community Solutions Challenge

School of Community Resources and Development, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs, School of Social Work.

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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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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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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