Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue Spring 2019

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting the eighth Schurz Communications Innovation Challenge at Purdue University this Spring. The challenge is a chance for Purdue University students to test their creativity and skills in the area of online and mobile media technology.

About Schurz Communications

Based in Mishawaka, Indiana, Schurz Communications, Inc. is a diversified privately-owned, nationwide communications company. The company publishes 11 daily and eight weekly newspapers in medium and small markets with a combined circulation of nearly 225,000. It also publishes shopping publications in California, has 10 television stations, owns thirteen radio stations and operates three others, owns three cable companies, a phone directory and a printing company.
Geographically, Schurz Communications has a presence in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. More information regarding Schurz Communications can be found at their website

Who should participate?

Any Purdue student, or team that includes a Purdue student, who would like to:

  • Work in online media technology
  • Has an innovative idea in the area of media technology
  • Would like to work on developing and creating a prototype for their idea with the guidance of an experienced mentor
  • Of course, win prize money

What are the rules and guidelines?

  • Any Purdue student, graduate and undergraduate (each person can only be on one team)
  • No limit to number of team members
  • Teams may seek assistance from Schurz, Purdue Foundry, or any other university or external resource
  • Purdue Foundry will provide teams with guidance on a scheduled basis and as needed
  • The idea and work must be your own
  • You will maintain ownership of your innovation

What are the judging criteria?

  • Presentation (ability to ‘sell’ the idea)
  • Completeness of the project
  • Coolness factor
  • Working software/prototype
  • Documented data analysis, discovery or method
  • Membership concept with documented customer validation

Cash Prizes

  • 1st Place - $5,000
  • 2nd Place - $3,500
  • 3rd Place - $1,500
  • Crowd Favorite - $500 (voted for by the crowd)

How to Compete

This year's competition has come to a close.  Information about next year's competition will be added in the fall.