More than $10,000 in prizes are at stake for top competitors

October 22, 2018

Regis University is proud to announce its second Innovation Challenge. The competition, launching today, pits teams against one another in a Shark Tank-style competition in which business ideas are pitched to a panel of judges. Ideas are judged on desirability, feasibility, viability and presentation. 

This year’s Innovation Challenge kicks off at 5 p.m. today in the Gronowski Innovation Incubator at the David M. Clarke, S.J.,  Hall on Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, 80221. The event is free and open to the public.

Community members are encouraged to create or join a team to compete for start-up funds and co-working space at the Innovation Center in Regis’ Anderson College of Business. Prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to the top competitors.

Last year’s winners will be among the speakers. Refreshments will be provided. 

The Innovation Challenge exists to help students, faculty, alumni, and community members create startups and business ventures. 

"We’re really excited about this year’s competition,” said Ken Sagendorf, a Regis professor and director of the Innovation Center. "Teams are already signing up and have even reached out to us about how to get involved. We’re on track to have even more competitors than last year."

Last year’s competition included more than a dozen teams representing the cybersecurity, video production and neuromarketing industries, among others. 

Finalists in this year’s competition will receive mentoring and have access to the Innovation Challenge team and resources throughout the spring 2019 semester to help prepare participants for a final competitive pitch in April. 

"Most people don’t know this, but the Innovation Challenge is the only student-run competition of its kind in the state," said Sagendorf. 

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit