CSUSB Innovation Challenge

CSUSB students, faculty, staff and alumni - Do you have a cutting edge idea that will help change our campus, our community, or quite possibly the world?

Bring It on CSUSB!

The Annual CSUSB Innovation Challenge competition gives everyone at CSUSB the opportunity to team up, sharpen new ideas, and solve problems. The Event features 2 Open Pitch nights to present your idea, network, and form a team comprised of ANYONE from the CSUSB community, and compete for $20,000 in cash prizes at the main event. START BUILDING your team and your plan of attack! Catch an Open pitch night, get your INTENT TO COMPETE entry submitted and form a dream team!

  • Open Pitch presentation
  • Inno Networking
  • Open Pitch Info
  • Inno 2017 president
  • Inno presentations
  • Inno 2017 Winners

Open Houses - March /April 2018

Catch us at an OPEN HOUSE! We will be onsite in various colleges mid-March and early April for an Open House forum with FREE refreshments for anyone to come and learn more about the Innovation Challenge and what's involved!

  • March 8th - Atrium - College of Education
  • March 13th - Visual Arts Building - College of Arts & Letters

Open Pitch Nights - April 10 & 11, 6-9pm @The SMSU Bay

ATTEND one of the two OPEN PITCH NIGHTS on April 10th and 11th at The Bay @SMSU to learn more and start networking. You will have the chance to pitch your idea as well as meet others who are interested in joining a team to compete. This is your chance to start building your team and plan of attack!

Official Entry Deadline - April 30th MIDNIGHT

COMPLETE & SUBMIT your “Intent to Compete” form DUE April 30th. Teams that will go on to compete will be notified May 4th! From there our Entrepreneur in Residence, Steve Abbott will be in contact with your team to get you prepped and ready for the challenge!


Each competing team must have a CSUSB student as a qualified team member AND a minimum of TWO different colleges and/ or divisions retained, from there your teammates can include any student, faculty, staff and alumni of CSUSB in order to be eligible. If you need assistance in finding team members please reach out to us directly as we will help you build your team. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE YOUR TEAM MEMBERS SECURED BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR INTENT TO COMPETE OFFICIAL ENTRY!

The Challenge is ON CSUSB!

Embrace the Coyote Spirit of Innovation! Harness your collective genius & deliver your emerging ideas to WIN BIG!!!
If you have questions about the competition or entry process, contact Stacey Allis at Phone: 909/ 537-3217 or via email:stacey.allis@csusb.edu