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Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisOffice of the Vice Chancellor for Research755 W Michigan St, UL 1140Indianapolis, IN 46202


We invite you to support Innovation to Enterprise initiatives for students at IUPUI, with opportunities to become involved at a variety of levels (speaking, mentoring, sponsorship, in-kind support, etc.). This will expand programs for student entrepreneurship education and experiential learning opportunities that are not typically part of the curriculum. Volunteers are needed to engage with students involved in our Innovation to Enterprise programs for innovation and entrepreneurship, including our annual "elevator pitch" competition, and student teams working to develop new products or new ventures through our Innovation to Enterprise Commercialization (ITEC) program.

Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) Student Competition

The Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) is a competition to reward IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world. The emphasis of the competition is on providing answers to real-world problems, through new approaches, products, services, or ventures. ISSEC challenges IUPUI students--individuals or teams--to propose original solutions to pressing problems ranging from feeding the hungry and providing safe drinking water, to finding unique ways to address issues of social and economic welfare through new products and new business enterprises.

Students (undergraduate and graduate) with an original idea showing commercial promise or with potential for significant social impact are encouraged to participate. Ideas presented can be in any stage of development, but must be "pre-revenue" ideas. Entries are reviewed and finalists selected (12-15), who then move on to the pitch competition. One member of each team will have three minutes to present to judges their concept or solution. The pitch is judged by local experts and professionals, who will look for the student’s ability to convey clearly an idea and the value proposition represented in a professional manner.


  • Fundraising
  • Mentoring
  • Business Development
  • Community Outreach
  • Computer Science
  • Market Research / Analysis

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies

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