Welcome to Innoventure

Innoventure fosters the spirit of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in New Mexico by providing new generations of innovators with skills in technical design and business savvy.

Innoventure encourages teamwork to solve real-life problems and gives K-12 students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation.  The program nurtures a new generation of innovators with skills in technical design and business and financial savvy.  Innoventure gives students a deeper understanding of how technical advances are made and brought to the marketplace. The program is designed to generate excitement and creativity in students and provide the experience of transforming an idea into a prototype of a product. Innoventure has been a core program within Arrowhead Center for a decade and serves K-12 students throughout New Mexico.

Innoventure Registration Deadline:  September 19, 2016

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2016-2017 Theme

This year’s theme asks you to create a product and prototype that assists someone with a physical disability complete an everyday task, such as feeding themselves, getting dressed, taking out the trash, or going to the grocery store.*

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 56.1 million people- 19 percent of the population- had a disability in 2010. Here are some specifics:

  • Roughly 30.6 million people had difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker.
  • About 19.9 million people had difficulty lifting and grasping. This includes, trouble lifting an object like a bag of groceries, or grasping objects such as pencils or phones.
  • Difficulty with at least one activity of daily living was cited by 9.4 million adults. These activities included getting around inside the home, bathing, dressing, and eating.  Of these people, 5 million needed the assistance of others to perform these activities.
  • About 15.5 million adults had difficulties with one or more important activities of daily living, such as housework, using the phone, or making meals. Nearly 12 million of these adults required some kind of assistance.

* We recognize that many Innoventure teams are also a part of New Mexico MESA's Prosthetic Arms 2.0 Project.  While we support the hard work put into that project, in order to meet the goal of product diversity we ask that teams do not submit their prosthetic arms as products for the competition.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Erika Dunn at edunn03@ad.nmsu.edu.



My Innoventure Students no longer ask me why they are learning certain things in their classes. Innoventure helped them recognize the connections between in-class learning and real-world implementation.

Innoventure Advisor

Innoventure Advisor

My child had an incredible experience not only learning about the business side of things, but actually making money of her own!

Parent of Camp Innoventure Student

Parent of Camp Innoventure Student

It’s great to have a resource that helps kids begin thinking about how to do things like create a job for themselves.

3rd Grade Teacher

3rd Grade Teacher

Innoventure helped us to gain financial knowledge, we really had to look at our budget and spend our money wisely.

Innoventure Participant

Innoventure Participant

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