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Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

*One submission per team per year.*

Owning/Managing Organization:

Conrad Foundation

Program Description:
The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles Pete Conrad Jr. The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in one of four areas: aerospace & aviation, cyber technology & security, energy & environment, and health & nutrition.

How to Participate:
Participants work together in teams of 2-5 members to develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems in one of four categories: Aerospace and Aviation, Energy and Environment, Cyber Technology and Security, and Health and Nutrition.

Time Details: 

Time commitments are flexible to your schedule and the complexity of your team’s project. We recommend the following guidelines when planning your schedule:

Initial Entry: minimum 1 hour/week to guide your team through the Investor Pitch and Video submission
Semi-Finals: 2-4 hours/week to support the team in research and development and submission of its Business Plan
Finals: minimum of 1 hour/week to support the team’s preparations for Innovation Summit presentations (finalize Power Pitch presentation, prepare for technical questions). Serve as team chaperone at Innovation Summit.

Cost Details: 

$95 team registration fee

People Details: 

High school students in teams of 2-5 students

Prize Details: 

Semi-Finalist teams compete for the opportunity to present their product/service during the Innovation Summit at the Kennedy Space Center! Finalist teams will compete to be recognized as ""Pete Conrad Scholars"" in addition to anticipated awards from sponsors that may include seed funding grants, investment opportunities, patent support, business services and scholarships to support the growth of their concept into a real business.

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Submission Details: 

One submission per team per year.

Outcome of the Activity: 

Teamwork, entrepreneurship, innovative and creative thinking

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