Innovation Programs

Calling all Cyclone innovators

Meet with the World Economic Innovation Prize Winner. Be mentored by executives from Boeing, Black Entertainment Television, or Silicon Valley. Build a prototype for an industry client (and get paid). Compete in challenges that push your ideas into the world and pitch to investors for thousands of dollars in seed funds. Our Innovation Programs invest in you. This is Innovation at Iowa State.

Flagship Forums

Flagship Forums are moderated conversations with industry professionals and local innovators who share their personal stories of innovation. Hear from the experts how to think of something unique, build something new, overcome challenges, and make an impact in your communities.

All students, faculty, staff, alumni, industry partners, and community members are invited and welcome to innovate with us!

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Upcoming Forums

Professional Practices

Hear how Iowa State University faculty, staff, and administration are innovating in education, and walk away with skills you can apply to your teaching or research! All professionals, institutional leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to join in.

Upcoming Programs


Innovation Workshops bring students from every corner of campus together to learn from industry experts and influencers, gain new skills in innovation, and be inspired by big ideas. All Iowa State undergraduate and graduate students are invited and welcome to innovate with us!

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Upcoming Workshops


We invest in student innovators and inventors. Register to compete in our innovation challenges, and win cash to invest in your projects, inventions, or cutting-edge ideas. Each year, tens of thousands of dollars are awarded to Iowa State University students ready to move their ideas forward.

All Iowa State undergraduate and graduate students are invited and welcome to innovate with us!

Upcoming Challenges

New challenges coming soon


Sprints are team projects for students to work alongside industry innovators and faculty collaborators to propose solutions to specific problems. Sprints are sponsored by industry innovators and students are paid for their contributions.

Projects Seeking Applicants

New opportunities coming soon

In-Progress Projects

Go Vote 2.0

Sponsored by Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and the Department of Political Science, a team of five undergraduate students will create a corp of Voting “Champions” to help get Iowa State students registered to vote and vote in upcoming elections.

Wind-Fairing Solutions

Sponsored by SkyCurrent, students will determine a solution to wind fairing on robotic window washers.

Building Better Fats

Sponsored by Kent Corp, students will develop a better fat for use in meat and plant-based food products.

ChangeMaker Social Innovation

Sponsored by Louis Carr, students will assemble and lead teams of other students to create social change projects.

Cookie-less Autonomous Advertising

Sponsored by Smithsonian Laureate Anthony Sardella, a team of undergraduate students will help create an alternative to HTML cookie data to ethical methods of advertising.

Hydrogen Powered Aviation

Sponsored by New Vista, students will deliver hydrogen-powered aviation options, including assessment rankings, risks, and opportunities.