2020 Elon Innovation Challenge

February 29 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Elon University


Make a difference and join teams of students from several universities for a one-day social innovation competition. You’ll have the opportunity to solve a compelling real-life issue.

Students will form teams of between four to six people to develop a solution to a real problem. Teams will present their solution to a panel of judges.


$1,500 Grand Prize
$1,000 Second Place
$600 Third Place

The Elon Innovation Challenge is hosted by the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is a cross-campus collaboration between Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, School of Health Sciences, School of Education, and School of Law.


For Elon students

For Non-Elon students

Sponsored by

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With support from

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Challenge Co-Chairs

Becky Neiduski, Dean of the School of Health Sciences
Karl Sienerth, Professor of Chemistry
Isabella Ponterio ’20, international business and entrepreneurship double major
Haley Brengartner ’20, management (analytics) major

Faculty/Staff Committee Members

Alyssa Martina, Doherty Center
Richard Blackmon
, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
Sirena Hargrove-Leak
, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
Martin Kamela, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
David McGraw, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
Scott Spurlock, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
Scott Wolter, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
Jessica Gisclair, School of Communications
Derek Lackaff, School of Communications
Bill Squadron, School of Communications
Tony Weaver, School of Communications
Stephen Folger, School of Health Sciences
Scott Morrison, School of Education
John Flynn, School of Law
Dan Reis, Teaching & Learning Technologies
Tammy Cobb, Kernodle Center for Civic Life
Mary Morrison
, Kernodle Center for Civic Life
Elaine Durr, Office of the Sustainability
Kelly Harer, Office of the Sustainability
Thomas Brinkley, Student Professional Development Center
Scott Leighty, University Advancement
Nicole Filippo, Love School of Business
Kim Phipps, Love School of Business
Joe Green, Love School of Business
Elena Kennedy, Love School of Business
Sean McMahon, Love School of Business
Jay O’Toole, Love School of Business
Caroline Dean, Graduate Apprentice, Office of the Registrar
Tyson Glover, Admissions
Betty Garrison, Belk Library
Samantha DiRosa, Elon College, College of Arts & Sciences
Melanie Bullock, Center for Leadership
David Worden, Environmental Services
TJ Bowie, Auxiliary Services
Marcus Elliot, Odyssey Scholars Program
Michael Vaughn, Teaching and Learning Technologies
Cole Moore, Student Life
Larry Mellinger, Campus Recreation & Wellness

Student Committee Members

Noor Irshaidat
Lilly Rothschild
Mikayla Ford
Kaitlynn Dixon
Sam Gans
Alaa Suleiman
Julia Perline
Ethan Kaufmann
Elizabeth Gammon
Keeva Schneider
Claire Bach
Laura Welch
Regan O’Donnell