The 2019 Innovation Challenge: Up to $10,000 on the Line!


Application now LIVE! Deadline to submit: March 8.

Main event: April 15 in the Decker Center Forum. Mixer at 5 p.m., general admission at 6 p.m., and judging starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Encompass Distinction and the Innovation Challenge are made possible with the generous support of Dennis Sisco ’68 & Alexine Lesko, through the The Sisco Fund for Enterprise Management.

Lights. Cameras. Questions!

Innovative approaches to solving real world problems. New products. Responding to 21st-century markets. The 2019 Innovation Challenge will give teams the chance to win big cash rewards with their pitches:

  • $10,000 grand prize
  • $3,000 second-place prize
  • $2,000 audience-choice prize

+ more prizes and business consulting with alumni and area professionals.

Overview from last year's Innovation Challenge:

Big Wins!

Three entries will win top prizes--everyone will walk away with the experience of a lifetime.

The Innovation Challenge finalists propose their ventures, live, on Monday, April 15th. Doors open at 6 p.m., after a 5 p.m. mixer hosted by Launch Carroll and Encompass Distinction faculty.

Everyone is invited to attend this exciting event! Cheer on the teams, network with like-minded people, and be the first to find out who wins big with their nonprofit or business proposal.

The application period for the 2019 Innovation Challenge is open! Click here to read more about this year's pitch requirements and start your application!