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.  They stretch their skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Technical knowledge
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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.




Save the Date: October 19, & 20, 2018
Registration opens in July 2018 
For more information please contact Gina L. Zasadny,
LTU Entrepreneurial Coordinator, gzasadny@ltu.edu, 248-204-2205.


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