2019 Innovation Expo Student Idea Competition

Rules & Information

  • Idea Competition is open to all higher education students in South Dakota

  • Selected finalists must present idea on stage at the Innovation Expo they applied for

  • All student contestants will be provided a free ticket to Innovation Expo

  • Contestants can enter one ( 1 ) idea into the contest

  • Teams are allowed

  • Ideas must be submitted by Sunday, September 29th at 10:00 PM

  • Judges will review all applications and notify finalists by October 2nd


1st Place - $350

2nd Place - $200

3rd Place - $150

Other Finalists will receive - $100

Judging Criteria

  • Feasibility of product or service: How feasible or achievable is it to take the product or service to market?

  • Business opportunity: How great is the opportunity to create a business around the idea?

  • Market potential: How large is the market for the product or service?

  • Barriers to entry: How significant are the challenges to commercialize the product or service? Competition, Path to Market, etc.?

Conference Locations

Rapid City Innovation Expo
October 8th, 2019

Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza
505 N. 5th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Sioux Falls Innovation Expo
October 10th, 2019

Orpheum Theater
315 N. Phillips Avenue
Sioux Falls 57104

Ready to submit your big idea?

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