Middle School Challenge

Welcome to the Innoventure Middle School Challenge!

The Innoventure Middle School Challenge is a new competitive event open to all middle 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 month-long 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!

Two winning teams from each round will be invited to the final Innoventure Middle School Challenge at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces for a special one-day product design challenge that builds on what you’ve learned in the preliminary rounds.

 

Tech Prizes for Our Winners!

Registration is now open for the preliminary rounds!

Participation is free, and most travel costs to the final competition at NMSU will be reimbursed by Arrowhead Center, thanks to generous support from our sponsors.

September 3, 2019 to September 30, 2019

Round 1

October 7, 2019 to November 1, 2019

Round 2

November 11, 2019 to December 6, 2019

Round 3

January 13, 2020 to February 7, 2020

Round 4

March 6, 2020

Final Challenge

At NMSU Las Cruces Campus

How to participate

  • With support from a teacher, parent or other adult serving as your advisor, form a team of 2-5 middle 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 advance to the final Innoventure Middle School Challenge day at NMSU on March 6, 2020.
  • 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 win again in a later round – but they may submit an entry and receive feedback to help them hone their skills for the final round.

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, and will advance to the final challenge day.
  • 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.
  • The winner of each round will advance to the final Innoventure Challenge competition at NMSU, in which they will receive the theme and instructions that morning, work in teams with a mentor to come up with a simple business idea and prototype, and then present their pitch to judges.
  • There’s no entry fee for teams to participate, and Arrowhead Center will help support travel costs for teams that are selected as finalists.

Team registration for round one will open August 20, 2019.

2018 -2019 Innoventure Middle School Competition Winners

Best Prototype
Town Savers, Ernie Pyle Middle School, Albuquerque

Best Business Development Plan
Green Memes, Anton Chico Middle School, Anton Chico

Best Marketing
HAC, Anton Chico Middle School, Anton Chico

Best Oral Presentation
Eclipse, J. Paul Taylor Academy, Las Cruces

Overall Winners

First Place: Water Buffaloes, 
Truth or Consequences Middle School, T or C
Second Place: SLD, Anton Chico Middle School, Anton Chico
Third Place: Green Memes, Anton Chico Middle School, Anton Chico

Questions? Contact us!

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