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.

The 10th Annual Innovation Encounter will be held October 18–19, 2019.

2019 Registration

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.


2019 Sponsor

Eaton  is proud to serve as the sponsor of this year’s Innovation Encounter at Lawrence Technological University. Since its inception 10 years ago, this event has successfully attracted some of the country’s top engineering talent to compete against their peers and hone their talents by working to find solutions to real-world problems.”.... Larry Bennett, Director, Vehicle Technologies and Innovation, Vehicle Group, Eaton.

2017 Innovation Encounter
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2016 Innovation Encounter
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