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September 7, 2017

More than $10,000 in cash prizes for media tech contest; Purdue student registration deadline Nov. 22

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue students interested in submitting their creative and innovative ideas in the Schurz Innovation Challenge @ Purdue should attend one of the following callout sessions:  

• 6 p.m., Tuesday (Sept. 12), Rawls Hall, Room 1086.

• 6 p.m., Wednesday (Sept. 13), Honors College and Residences, south building, Room 1054.

• 6 p.m., Sept. 14. Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Room 1132.

The eighth annual Schurz competition, organized by the Purdue Foundry, is sponsored by Schurz Communications and gives students a chance to win cash prizes for their innovations. 

“The Schurz Innovation Challenge allows students to create prototypes that help bring innovative ideas to life,” said Greg Deason, senior vice president of the Purdue Research Foundation and director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Purdue's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park. “Students have the opportunity to gain valuable business skills while competing for cash prizes.”

The team capturing first prize will receive $5,000. Second- and third-place winners will receive $3,500 and $1,500. The crowd’s favorite will receive $500.

The competition will be held at 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 7 in Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. The public is invited to attend the competition and the preceding reception, which starts at 4:30 p.m.  Attendees are asked to RSVP by clicking here.

About Schurz Communications Inc.

Schurz Communications Inc. is a Mishawaka, Indiana-based news and information company, which consists of five business segments: Broadcasting Radio, Broadcasting TV, Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing and Digital Media.

The company publishes daily and weekly newspapers in medium and small markets with a combined circulation of nearly 225,000. It also has 10 television stations, owns 13 radio stations and operates three others, owns four cable companies and a phone directory. Geographically, Schurz Communications has a presence in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming.

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: Lyna Landis, 765-588-3575,
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