Failure to follow the Official Rules below will result in disqualification.

Please review these requirements carefully before submitting your proposal. Writing workshops and office hours are also available for those seeking additional support in developing an effective submission.

Student and Team Eligibility

  • All full- or part-time students at Arizona State University can participate.
  • Individual students or teams (of up to 5 members) are eligible.
  • Each team must have a designated team leader; team leaders must be full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking ASU students for the full 2013-2014 school year. Final round applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrollment for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. Students leading teams that are named as Innovation Challenge winners must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time awards are presented.
  • All participants must identify a faculty member or professional who will serve as a mentor for the team. (Mentors do not count as one of the team members.)
  • Although teams should seek advice from mentors, the project, prototype, venture or partnership idea must be student-led.
  • Projects, prototypes, ventures or partnerships that have already received more than $20,000 in revenue or grants/awards/investments are not eligible for funds

  • Projects, prototypes, ventures or partnerships that have already received $10,000 or more from the ASU Innovation Challenge are not eligible for additional funding from the ASU Innovation Challenge.
  • Suggestion: Teams are encouraged to incorporate members and/or mentors from different departments or colleges within the university. Where appropriate teams should consider mentors that represent nonprofit organizations or industry experts with unique knowledge and experience in the field related to their project. Teams may also have members who are not affiliated with the university (e.g., friends, family, work colleagues, etc. who are not ASU students).

Idea Eligibility

  • Proposals must address at least one of the following ASU Challenges:
    • How do we educate in a rapidly changing world?
    • How do we focus information and technology to produce meaningful change?
    • How do we build strong, vibrant communities?
    • How do we create a sustainable way of life?
    • How do we promote economic opportunity and security?
    • How do we lead healthier, more fulfilling lives?
    • How do we defend and extend human rights?
    • How do we understand the past and present for the sake of the future?
  • Funds are awarded to entrepreneurial projects, prototypes, ventures or community partnerships entirely designed and implemented by the applicants;
  • Read about how your submission will be judged.

Submission Requirements

Failure to follow the guidelines below will result in disqualification. Please read the following instructions carefully.

A complete Innovation Challenge submission must include the following:

  • 2-page Executive Summary
    • Formatting requirements. Word or PDF document, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins
    • Content requirements. Please describe:
      • Your project, prototype, venture, or community partnership idea
      • The need for your idea and the ASU Challenge your innovation addresses
      • The impact of your idea including the potential of your idea to grow or scale and the metrics you will use to measure your impact and success
      • The amount of Innovation Challenge funding you are seeking to implement your idea
  • 10 Slides
    • Formatting requirements. PDF document ONLY, no font or margin requirements
    • Content requirements.
      • At least one slide must include your budget (a breakdown of all expenses you anticipate with a justification for each)
      • At least one slide must include your plan for implementing your innovation, including the timeline you will use for implementing your innovation, and who will be involved with your implementation (team members and/or mentors)
      • At least one slide must include potential risks/challenges and solutions to overcome these challenges.
      • May include tables, images, etc.
  • Mentor Commitment Form. Your team mentor must submit a mentor commitment form on your behalf. Please make sure that original signed from your mentor is scanned and saved as a PDF. Click here for your campus computer lab and scanning resources. Forms should be submitted electronically with the executive summary and slides.

Submissions are now open August 21, 2013 through November 24, 2014. 

Use of Funds

  • Winning teams will have until March 31, 2015 to utilize funds.
  • Funds may be used for expenses that successfully advance the project, prototype, or venture idea’s development. Some examples of eligible expenses include materials/supplies, building of prototypes, and consultation expenses (legal, marketing, design, etc.).
  • Funds may NOT be used for tuition, textbooks, business meals/entertainment, personal computers, travel (pending your travel usage, an appeal process is possible), or salaries/wages for team leaders/mentors/members.
  • Judges will make recommendations regarding the use of funds. ASU staff reserve the right to decide whether or not expenses are acceptable for the use of Innovation Challenge funds.