More than $10,000 to be awarded at fifth Schurz Communications Innovation Challenge at Purdue

February 5, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University graduate and undergraduate students across all academic disciplines are eligible to compete for $10,500 in cash prizes, which could be used to support commercialization of their innovations, at an upcoming media technology competition.

The fifth Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue, set for April 30, provides participants with an opportunity to test their creativity and skills in developing innovative ideas in media technology. Organizers of the competition are accepting participants through February.

All teams must include at least one Purdue University graduate or undergraduate student. Participants must develop and demonstrate a prototype that will be judged on the day of the challenge by a panel of entrepreneurs and media professionals. Eligibility and registration information is available at:

The first-place team will receive $5,000. Second- and third-place teams will receive $3,500 and $1,500. The crowd's favorite entry will win $500. Ten teams and 35 people competed in last semester's competition. First place went to CPrecisely, a technology that allows users to read content on tablets, smartphones and laptops without the need for corrective eyewear. A video about the startup is available at

Schurz Communications Inc. sponsors the competition, which is organized by Purdue Foundry and held once each semester.    

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 13 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.

About Purdue Foundry

The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship whose professionals help Purdue innovators create startups. The Purdue Foundry is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at

Writer: Hillary Henry, Purdue Research Foundation

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3341,

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