High School Challenge

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Welcome to the Innoventure High School Challenge!

The Innoventure High School Challenge is a competitive event open to all high school students throughout New Mexico and the El Paso, Texas, area.

Think like an entrepreneur and design a simple prototype out of an approved list of materials – all in a two-week timeframe that challenges you to put your team’s ideas to the test quickly and create an innovative product.

Registration opens for each round two weeks before it starts. Each round will have its own theme – and you won’t find out the theme until the round starts. The surprise is all part of the challenge!

Winners will be awarded prizes for each round.

Prizes for Our Winners!

Registration is open for Fall 2021

Participation is free thanks to generous support from our sponsors.


September 13th – October 11th 


November 8th – December 13th


January 10th – February 7th


March 7th –  April 4th


April 29th

Final competition subject to change due to Covid-19 situation. Plan for it to be in person but we will shift to digital or hybrid as needed.

How to participate

  • With support from a teacher, parent or other adult serving as your advisor, form a team of 2-5 high school students. We’ll provide a PDF toolkit with milestones to help you think through your product’s design and your business plan. We’ll also provide a list of the materials you can use to build your prototype.
  • Start by registering your team and your advisor by clicking on the links on this page. You’ll receive your toolkit and information on the theme on the first date of each round.
  • To compete in each round, participating teams will submit a link to a video that demonstrates their prototype, explains the value added by the product, identifies their target market and a price for the product, describes distribution modes for product, and outlines how the product will be promoted. Additionally, participants will design a logo for their company.
  • Winners will be determined for each round and will receive tech prizes.
  • Teams that have not already won a round can participate again in a subsequent round. Winning teams can enter new rounds but will not be able to win rounds back to back.

Rules to know

    • Videos longer than 5 minutes in length will not be accepted.
    • Each video will be scored based on a rubric.
    • A winner will be determined for each round.
    • Teams that have not already won a round can participate again in a subsequent round. If a team wins a round and advances, they are not eligible to compete in a later round.
    • There’s no entry fee for teams to participate.

Registration is open for the 2021-2022 school year

2020-2021 Innoventure High School Competition Winners

Round 1

  • Workaholic Wonders from Alamogordo High School 

Round 2

  • Sundevil 4 – Sandia Perparatory School.
Round 3 
  • My Pot from Sandia Preparatory School
Round 4 
  • Gadget & Gizmos from Reagan County High School

Questions? Contact us!

Innoventure Challenge

Brooke Montgomery : mbrooke@nmsu.edu