The annual Innovation Encounter, hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU), infuses creativity and challenge into a competitive and rewarding weekend. 

The Innovation Encounter is an entrepreneurial boot camp attracting ambitious students nationwide to develop a viable solution to a realistic industry problem.

October 19–20, 2018

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Registration deadline extended to Monday, October 8. 2019

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Participants will stretch their skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Technical knowledge

Student teams, representing their school, step out of the classroom and into a ‘real world’ arena. On this field, teams must use their technical skills working within limited time constraints. Each student is challenged to assess

  • Risks
  • Ambiguity
  • Uncertainty
  • Chances of failure

The collegiate teams engage with industry professionals who ultimately evaluate team presentations about their proposed solution and accompanying business plan. An industry sponsor funds the Innovation Encounter, as well as collaborates with LTU faculty proficient in entrepreneurial mindset learning (EML). Our event centers around the entrepreneurial mindset: curiosity, connections, and creating values—embedded in the recognition of societal values, business principles, and customer awareness.



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2018 Sponsor

Carhartt understands the importance of hard work and creativity. The talented students participating in the Innovation Encounter competition are the world's next makers and builders.We're excited to offer this group of competitors an opportunity to apply creative solutions to a challenge in the apparel design arena.

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