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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Contests and Competitions

The challenge is on.

Innovation Competitions keep things lively around the School of Engineering!  Each quarter, student teams put their entrepreneurial mindsets and creative problem-solving skills to the test vying for cash prizes. Contests involve local industrial partners (BMW, Intel, nVIDIA, NASA, to name a few), alumni, and a talented group of innovators and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley. 

Spring 2018 THRIVE-X Challenge- 1st prize $10,000!!

How would you help solve one of the biggest problems in agriculture- How to solve the shortage of labor affecting the harvest of crops? Share your idea and compete against students from San Luis Obispo for a chance at $10,000 and the opportunity to present at Forbes AgTech Summit!


  • First Prize- $10,000 and opportunity to present at Forbes AgTech Summit
  • Second Prize- $5,000 and opportunity to present at Forbes AgTech Summit
  • SCU Honorable Mention- $1,000

Find out the details in the Thrive-X Competition Announcement!

You can also learn more by checking out the THRIVE-X Challenge Flyer

Register your team at

To qualify for the SCU Honorable Mention, you must also meet the team and registration requirements listed in the Competition Announcement.

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, April 12th- Competition Kick-Off Lunch
  • Friday, April 27th- Deadline to register teams
  • Friday, May 25th- Application submission deadline
  • Friday, June 8th- Winning teams notified
  • June 26th-28th- Pitch day at Forbes AgTechSummit (at least 1 team member must be available to present at the summit)

Past Competition Reference Videos: