Competition Overview


Join us at an Information + Speed-Networking Session, RSVP here:

  • Monday, September 18, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Ross School of Business, Blau Hall, B3560 (map)
  • Wednesday, September 20, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, SPH I 1415 Washington Heights, Room 1680 (map)
  • Wednesday, September 27, 4:30- 6:00 pm, UMSI Engagement Center, 777 N. University (map)
  • Friday, September 29, 8:30 - 10:00 am, School of Education, Tribute Room, 1322 (map)
  • Tuesday, October 3, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, SMTD EXCEL, 1279 Moore (map)
  • Wednesday, October 4, 4:30- 6:00 pm, Center for Socially-Engaged Design, 3360 GG Brown (map)


What Is the IIA Competition?

The Innovation in Action: Solutions to Real World Challenges competition has two primary goals:

  1. To empower students to innovate solutions that address public health and education problems, and

  2. To create a safe environment to take risks and move beyond the classroom.

This five-month competition will enable teams to move their idea from concept to reality. Teams will be trained in a variety of skills as they develop their idea: from customer discovery to pitching an idea to attracting non-academic funders. The competition will culminate with all teams participating in a final presentation showcasing their innovation. All teams will be recognized for their work.

Cash prizes will go to the top ideas.

Public Health Challenge Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $10,000
  • 2nd Prize: $7,500
  • 3rd Prize: $5,000

Education Challenge Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $10,000
  • 2nd Prize: $7,500
  • 3rd Prize: $5,000

**Each challenge will also have an Audience Choice Award of $1,000!