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The first-place team of INNOVATE 2022, Team Fearless Inc., won the competition with their KanDo board aimed at helping elementary students successfully complete projects. [Michael Holahan/Augusta University]

Augusta University students work to solve nonprofit challenges in annual innovation competition

INNOVATE, Augusta University’s annual student innovation competition hosted by the Center for Instructional Innovation, is launching the 2023 competition cycle with a kickoff event from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Coffeehouse of the Jaguar Student Activities Center.

At the event, students will learn about the INNOVATE competition and get information on upcoming events and workshops.

This year, the competition theme is creating solutions for nonprofits. A recent survey of over 1,100 nonprofit leaders found that use of nonprofit services has soared since the COVID-19 pandemic, with 71% of respondents reporting increased demand between FY19 and FY21. However, only half have been able to keep up with that demand.

Therefore, this year, student teams will be asked to pitch solutions to issues that nonprofit organizations face, including attracting donors, managing finances, retaining talent and getting noticed in the community. To keep solutions local to the Augusta community, students will be asked to focus specifically on nonprofits in the CSRA.

Read more: INNOVATE 2022 provides friendly competition to solve real-world problems

At the final pitch competition on March 30, 2023, top teams will be awarded $5,000 for first place, $3,500 for second place and $2,500 for third place. Awards will be distributed as scholarship funds in student financial aid accounts.

The competition is open to all Augusta University students, including graduate students and those in professional programs. Students are encouraged to create interdisciplinary teams and must have an Augusta University faculty or professional staff member as a mentor.

Support these AU students and lend a hand in solving problems in our community by making a gift to the INNOVATE competition. 

Visit the INNOVATE 2023 website for information on upcoming workshops, speaker events and competition deadlines.

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Paige Boeke is a communications coordinator for Communications and Marketing at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at pfowler@augusta.edu.

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