WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge

Winona State is holding its annual WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge, where individuals and groups will compete for a chance to win a share of $10,000 in jump starting their idea! 

Purpose: To connect entrepreneurs (students, alumni and businesses) by participating in an innovation competition and provide students with real-world educational opportunities

Location: Science Laboratory Center Atrium 

The WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge seeks to:

  • Provide students an environment to grow their idea supported by businesses and mentors
  • Provide businesses the opportunity to present an industry problem to student groups for innovative solutions
  • Provide Alumni with mentorship opportunities

Connection Day Sept. 28, 2017:

  • Helps students participate in idea formulation activity in a positive environment
  • Helps businesses to recognize the talents of students by discussing real world problems
  • Helps Alumni network with area businesses and young professionals

Benefits to Businesses (Return-On-Investment): 

  • Connects businesses with high quality, but often overlooked, innovators
  • Allows for a more relaxed conversation that is conducive to a meaningful exchange
  • Provides a no cost opportunity for an innovative and creative solution presentation on April 5, 2018
  • Requires less resources and time

What Businesses Need to Do:

  1. Identify an industry problem for students to solve
  2. Commit to attending the WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge Connection Day on Sept. 28, 2017 from 5-8pm
  3. Communicate with the student team’s “chairperson” to keep things moving towards success
  4. Provide feedback regarding the innovation idea
  5. Attend the April 5, 2018 pitch presentation
  6. Bring your colleagues to join in

Benefits to Mentors (Return-On-Investment):  

  • Build relationships with the next generation
  • Recruit talent
  • Create a lasting impression and legacy

What Mentors Need to Do:

  1. Attend the WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge Connection Day on Sept. 28, 2017 from 5-8pm
  2. Identify an idea or team that is of interest
  3. Commit to mentoring students throughout the WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge
    a. Help team to create an executive summary and submit by Feb. 20, 2018
    b. Help team to prepare for pitch presentations in front of an expert panel of judges
  4. Support your team and attend pitch presentations on April 5, 2018
    (Approximately 30 hours over 20 weeks)

Benefits to Students

Groups will compete for a chance to win a share of $10,000 toward jumpstarting their idea! Participating in the WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge three-phase process including idea generation, idea development and idea readiness. Mentors will assist students in developing business plans and pitch presentations.

What Students Need to Do:

  1. Register to attend Connection Day for a chance to win $100
  2. Participate and bring your friends to the WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge Connection Day from 5-8pm Sept. 28
  3. Visit business booths to learn about problems they are facing
  4. Eat pizza
  5. Take part in the Limb Lab innovation activity
  6. Discuss your own idea with professionals
  7. Identify the right team members.  We found the team approach works best and should include many partners from cross disciplines  
  8. Identify a “chairperson” to keep things organized and moving.  The chairperson will set meetings, monitor communications and keep the idea moving towards success.
  9. Formulate an idea of your own or partner with one of the businesses problems
  10. Enter the idea challenge by completing a submission form by Oct. 17, 2017 and you could win a $100 gift certificate

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