Middle School Challenge

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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!

Prizes will be given to winning teams. 

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Registration opens Fall 2020!

Participation is free thanks to generous support from our sponsors.

September 7, 2020 to October 2, 2020

Round 1

November 2, 2020 to December 4, 2020

Round 2

February 1, 2021 - February 26, 2021

Round 3

April 5, 2021, to April 30, 2021

Round 4

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.
  • 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.

Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year.

2020-2021 Innoventure Middle School Competition Winners

Round 1

  • Four Originators from Truth or Consequences Middle School.
  • Demogorons from Truth or Consequences Middle School.

Round 2

  • Las Mexicanas from Truth of Consequences Middle School.  
  • DareDevils 1 from Sandia Preparatory School.

Questions? Contact us!

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