Design Expo Innovation Awards

Innovation is the transformation of discoveries and ideas into societal or economic value.  The process begins with an idea for a new product, process, or service but is not complete until an end-user or customer realizes value through improved quality of life. 

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship and the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement are co-sponsoring the Innovation Awards as part of Design Expo 2017. The top three applicants will receive a cash award and certificate of recognition.  Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a) a clear value proposition for their proposed innovation, b) distinction of their innovation over alternative solutions, c) a defined and actionable plan for realizing economic or societal impact from their innovation, and d) the scale of that impact.  


1st Place: $250

2nd Place: $150

3rd Place: $100

The award is open to all Senior Design and Enterprise teams participating in Design Expo 2017. Eligible teams must be registered for Design Expo, and the innovation must relate to project work conducted within your team.

Applications must be received by 5 pm on Monday, April 3. Any applications received after this will not be reviewed.