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Student Idea Competition Deadline

Innovation Expo

2021 Innovation Expo Student Idea Competition

All higher education students in South Dakota are invited to submit a product or service idea (teams are allowed) by Sunday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. CDT.


  • 1st Place — $350
  • 2nd Place — $200
  • 3rd Place — $150
  • Other Finalists will receive — $100

Selected finalists will make a one-minute Zoom video answering three questions about their idea.

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

  • Thursday, Oct. 7, in Sioux Falls (Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14, in Rapid City (Ascent Innovation Campus Downtown)
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.?


South Dakota Enterprise Institute

Phone: 605-697-5015Email: info@sdei.orgWebsite: View Organizer Website