2016-2017 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

To learn more about this year's challenge, click here to view the Challenge Handbook

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Initial Entry

Registration is now closed! Semi-Finalist Teams will be announced online by Wednesday, Nov. 23!

Form a Team, Develop Investor Pitch and Register for the Conrad Challenge

  • Conrad Basic Team Registration Fee: $95/ team and is required to complete registration

The entry round is conducted completely online. Teams answer a set of questions and create a short video about their idea to explain and defend its viability as an innovative solution to a real-world problem. The teams with promising Investor Pitches will advance to the semi-final round.

As students develop teams, keep in mind there will be prizes for national and international collaboration during the Final Round at the Innovation Summit. We encourage you to reach outside of your comfort zone and collaborate without boundaries!

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Develop Business Plan (Submission Deadline: January 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST)

This Semi-Final Round is conducted completely online through the Emodo digital platform. During this round teams will expand on their Investor Pitch by creating a Business Plan to support the further development of their innovative product/service. 

For additional information on the Semi-Final Round, refer to the 2016-2017 Conrad Challenge Handbook


Attend the Innovation Summit

ROUND THREE: April 27-29, 2017

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Prepare and Present Concept at Innovation Summit (April 27-29, 2017 at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex)

Just as entrepreneurs pitch their start-ups to investors, the finalist teams will present their concepts to a panel of experts. Teams are evaluated on the innovation of their concept and the viability of their product/service. One winner will be named in each category and recognized as "Pete Conrad Scholars."

To learn more about the Final Round & Innovation Summit, refer to the 2016-2017 Conrad Challenge Handbook. More information will be shared in the coming months.