Institute for Emerging Issues, SECU Prize for Innovation – $50,000 award

The State Employees’ Credit Union and the Institute for Emerging Issues are proud to sponsor a contest that rewards N.C.’s higher education students for investing in their communities. The prize, open to students in higher education in N.C., will reward innovative solutions to challenges facing N.C. communities. The first place winner will receive $50,000; the runner-up $25,000; two “fan favorites” $10,000 each; and one of IEI’s choice $5,000. External judges will review each application.

For complete application materials visit  Applications are due on December 1 (instructions on the website).

Submit Your Application for the 2012 Prize for Innovation

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is thrilled to announce its third annual Prize for Innovation for high school and college students in North Carolina. They are once again looking forward to engaging N.C. state’s young people in issues that matter most to North Carolina’s future.

Through the Prize, IEI hopes to mobilize the brightest student minds across the state in the service of their fellow citizens, and continue North Carolina’s tradition of creativity and innovation. The third annual Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation challenges students across the state to unleash their creativity and work collaboratively to come up with an innovative product or tool that will benefit their communities! This year’s prize competition will have two age categories for interested student teams — high school and college. Finalist teams in each age group will receive $1,000. For the most innovative and viable product idea in each age group, IEI will award $5,000 to go toward product development. The winning teams will also receive one consultation with Louis Foreman, founder and Chief Executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm, and CEO of Edison Nation.

Applications are due November 16, finalists will be announced December 3, and a public vote in February will determine the winners. The two winning teams – one from each age category– will be announced at IEI’s 28th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, February 11-12, 2013.

To learn more, including how to apply, contact or call 919.515.7741.