Southeast Innovation Challenge

Do you have an IDEA TO IMPROVE the student experience?

Describe an innovative program, initiative, or service that improves the Southeast Missouri State University student experience on campus!

Additional information and resources

Eligibility requirements

  • Undergraduate students at Southeast Missouri State University who are enrolled in 12 hours or more or graduate students enrolled in 6 hours or more.
  • Submissions may be made by a team of 1-3 students.

Innovation Challenge Examples

  • A student engagement program with Catapult Creative House services
  • A sexual violence awareness campaign
  • A sustainability program for the entire campus
  • Music and lyrics to a university spirit song and how to promote it
  • A diversity awareness program for student

Note: the above are just a few examples.

Materials to be submitted

  • 2-3 page executive summary of each element identified in the criteria as a Word document or PDF file.
  • 3 minute pitch video
  • Submissions are due by midnight Fri., October 30th, 2020 via online submission below.
    • An appendix may be added to enhance the understanding of any points made in the summary.
    • If relevant, one additional supporting document may be uploaded to support your executive summary and pitch video.
      • EX: a law referenced in the executive summary/pitch

Top 3 Winners and People's Choice

The top three winners will be announced on Wed., Nov. 18 in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

First Place

  • $750 cash reward

Second Place

  • $500 cash reward

Third Place

  • $250 cash reward

Prizes (less taxes) will be awarded to each winning team.

One Button Studio

FREE - Professional Video Recording!

Visit the One Button Studio in the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center at Kent Library for this amazing FREE resource!

  • Just bring a USB and you can record your pitch videos effortlessly!
  • Post production editing asssistance available through the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center.

Although not required, reservations can be made by contacting the HMGMC service desk at 573.986.4978 or at Otherwise, the studio is used on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Helpful Hints

Information provides the first step!

  • Must attend at least one of the informational meetings scheduled at Catapult: Oct. 7, 14, 21, or 28,  at Noon  via Zoom
    • Meeting ID: 936 3106 1643
      Passcode: Catapult

Preparation is key.

  • Make sure you have a clear understanding of what your idea will be judged on.
  • Review the application process carefully and thoroughly review the judging criteria.

Embrace diversity in your team.

  • To help increase your inspirations for innovative ideas, form a team of people who do not have the same major as you.

Meet all deadlines.

  • Register your team below to stay up to date!
  • Submit your team’s idea by Fri., October 30.

Clearly address each criteria being judged.

Show how your idea is:

  • IMPACTFUL to student life at Southeast;
  • INNOVATIVE and new to Southeast;
  • FEASIBLE and realistically able to be done.

Ask Questions and Have Fun!

Register your team here!

If you have problems registering your team please email us at

Submit your Ideas here!

Please upload your 2-3 page executive summary, 3 minute pitch video, and supporting documents here! If you have problem uploading your submissions contact us at

For questions and more information contact:

Steven Stovall
Assistant Professor, Department of Management

Leah Powers
Operations Manager, Catapult Creative House

Alberto Dávila

Dean of the Harrison College of Business and Computing