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CSUSB Innovation Challenge

The 2021 CSUSB Virtual Innovation Challenge is ON!

SAVE-THE-DATE for the Main Event on April 22nd, 2021!

CSUSB students, faculty, staff and alumni - Do you have a cutting edge idea that will help change our campus, our community, or quite possibly the world?

The Annual CSUSB Innovation Challenge competition gives everyone at CSUSB the opportunity to team up, sharpen new ideas, and solve problems. Present your idea, network, and form a team comprised of ANYONE from the CSUSB community for the opportunity to compete for $20,000 in cash prizes. START BUILDING your team and your plan of attack! Get your INTENT TO COMPETE entry submitted, register to join a team, engage and network in our Facebook group and start to form a dream team! There are three competing categories to submit: Undergraduate student, Graduate student and Faculty/ Staff categories.

Teams that are chosen to compete at the main virtual event will need to produce and submit a 5-6 minute video presentation as well as have up to 4 team members virtually present for LIVE VIRTUAL Q&A from the judging panel on April 22nd, from 4-8pm. Teams will have access to coaching and support from our Entrepreneur-in-Residence in preparation for presentation.

Official Entry Deadline - March 19th, 2021 by MIDNIGHT

SUBMIT YOUR INTENT TO COMPETE for the 2021 Innovation Challenge RIGHT HERE! - DUE March 19th. The chosen teams that will be invited to compete in the main event line-up will be notified by March 22nd! From there our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Steve Abbott will be in contact with your team to get you prepped and ready for the challenge!

Team Requirements

Each competing team must have a CSUSB student as a qualified team member AND a minimum of TWO different colleges and/ or divisions retained, from there your teammates can include any student, faculty, staff and alumni of CSUSB in order to be eligible. If you need assistance in finding team members please reach out to us directly as we will help you build your team. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE YOUR TEAM MEMBERS SECURED BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR INTENT TO COMPETE OFFICIAL ENTRY!


There are THREE categories to enter: Undergraduate, Graduate and Faculty/Staff categories.

  • Faculty and staff are not allowed to present in the Undergraduate or Graduate presentations but can however be an advisory team member.
  • The TEAM LEAD'S CURRENT CSUSB STATUS must fit the category of which they are submitting their online "Intent to Compete" submission. for instance, if you are a current CSUSB Grad student, you must submit your "Intent to Compete" idea(s) submission within the "Graduate" category.

Register to Increase Your Chances of Finding a Team

REGISTER HERE TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF FINDING A TEAM to join for the Innovation Challenge Main Event. As the final team leading ideas are chosen by March 22nd, not all idea-generators have yet secured their required team members! So if you still want to find a team to join register with us so we can help make the connection. PLEASE NOTE - By registering does not guarantee you will secure a team position for entry to the 2021 Innovation Challenge.

The Challenge is ON CSUSB!

Embrace the Coyote Spirit of Innovation! Harness your collective genius & deliver your emerging ideas to WIN BIG!!!
If you have questions about the competition or entry process, contact Stacey Allis at Phone: 909/ 537-3217 or via

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