All you Need to Know about the 2022 CSUSB Innovation Challenge

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Apr 20, 2022


The Annual CSUSB Innovation Challenge will take place at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), on May 5th, 2022, between 5 pm to 8 pm PDT. The competition provides a chance for everyone at CSUSB to collaborate, develop new ideas, and solve challenges.

CSUSB Innovation Challenge

In the Annual CSUSB Innovation Challenge, finalists will present their business concepts and compete for a prize pool of $20,000. Join there to see the nerve-wracking final minutes!

Start forming your team and developing your attack plan! Submit your INTENT TO COMPETE entry, join a team, interact and network in their Facebook group, and start forming your dream team! 

There are three categories in which you can compete: 

  1. Undergraduate student; 
  2. Graduate student;
  3. Faculty/Staff.

Teams selected to compete in the main event must create and submit a 5 to 6 minute video presentation and have up to four team members present for a LIVE Q&A session with the judging panel on May 5th from 4 to 8 pm. 

In preparation for the presentation, teams will get coaching and support from the Entrepreneur-in-Residence.


Right here is where you should submit your INTENT TO COMPETE in the 2022 innovation challenge! 

Deadline: April 10th. 

After the April 10th entry deadline, the teams invited to compete in the main event line-up will be contacted. The Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Steve Abbott, will call selected teams to prepare for the task!

Requirements for Teams

Each participating team must have a CSUSB student as a qualifying team member and a minimum of TWO distinct colleges and divisions. After that, teammates can be CSUSB students, professors, staff, or alumni. If you need help locating team members, please contact them directly, and the management will assist you in forming your team. Before submitting your INTENT TO COMPETE for official entry, you do not need to have your team members secure.

Team Formation Criteria:

Please note the following criteria:

  • A current CSUSB student team member from an alternate college, department, or division is required for all categories of teams.
  • Faculty and staff are not permitted to speak at the Undergraduate or Graduate level. However, they may serve on the advisory panel.
  • The team lead’s current CSUSB status must be compatible with the category for which they are submitting an online “INTENT TO COMPETE” form. If you are a current CSUSB graduate student, you must submit your “INTENT TO COMPETE” idea(s) in the “Graduate” category.

Register to join a team here.

Remember to Save the Date for the Main Event!

Embrace the Coyote Innovation Spirit! Observe the CSUSB community’s combined intellect providing innovative ideas to WIN BIG!!! Get your tickets for the main event on MAY 5TH at the CSUSB, including a foyer reception and a presentation in the SMSU North!

Register to join the main event here. 

Contact Stacey Allis at 909/537-3217 or [email protected] if you have any concerns regarding the competition or the submission procedure.


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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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