The Scripps Innovation Challenge is a university-wide student competition that gives Bobcats the opportunity to create innovative solutions to real-world media and communication problems. The goal of the competition is to harness the creativity of Ohio University students to develop innovative service, product or process solutions as the basis for a startup business.
Now in its fifth year, the Innovation Challenge exposes student teams to media entrepreneurship and the startup culture in the Ohio Valley. Student teams develop business plans and prototypes, then pitch their ideas to media professionals.
The Scripps Innovation Challenge is managed by the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. The competition grew out of a $3 million endowment for media innovation from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Past challenges have included such media issues as: