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The 2017 DisCOver Challenge at Colorado State University

Colorado State University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship is partnering with Project X-ITE/University of Denver to sponsor the 2017 DisCOver Challenge. The Challenge asks undergrad and grad students from across campus to create innovative solutions to a real-world problem facing a leading Fortune 500 company. Student teams apply to participate in the Challenge, then selected teams attend a Bootcamp hosted by the sponsoring Fortune 500 company to learn Design Thinking skills and receive the official Challenge Statement. Teams spend the next four weeks using these skills to create an innovative solution to the Challenge Statement that they present to judges at a final competition. CSU student teams will compete against teams from other Colorado universities for a chance at CSU glory and one of three cash prizes: $10,000 for first place, $7500 for second, and $2500 for third.

Challenge Statement

We are on the brink of a fundamental and irreversible change in the way that the expertise of specialists is made available to society. Doctors, lawyers, educators, and financial professionals are seeing a shift in the way they communicate with their customers using technology. More people signed up for Harvard’s online courses in a single year then have attended the university in its 377 year history. WebMD receives a more unique visits each month than all the doctors working in the United States. The 2017 DisCOver Challenge asks students to reimagine the future of professions and how expertise is shared and disseminated.

How to Apply

Students must apply to participate as a team of 3-6 people; if interested students do not have a team, we can help connect students to each other to form teams. All undergrad and grad students from any college are eligible to apply. The application includes the following items, and can be accessed here: http://col.st/CXYr1

A video (no longer than 3 minutes) to introduce the team
Explain why the team should participate
The video should address the following:
How a company’s business strategy has changed due to the evolution and increased use of technology
How this benefits the company in the way it addresses customer needs
Applications will be accepted from November 25th through January 22nd at 11:59 PM.


Kick-Off Boot Camp | February 4, 2017
Official kick-off to the 4-week challenge with a one-day Design Thinking Workshop, and the unveiling of the formal challenge statement. Participation is required by selected student teams.

Finals | March 3 – 4, 2017
Student teams present their solution in front of a panel of judges and find out who wins the cash prizes.


Check out the DisCOver Challenge’s website: http://discoverchallenge.com/
Like the DisCOver Challenge Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/disCOverChallenge
Like the CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship Facebook: www.facebook.com/CSUInstituteForEntrepreneurship
For more information or help finding a team: Renee @ Renee.Badertscher@colostate.edu