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Impact Challenge

Be a change-maker. Take part in the WVU Impact Challenge.

Students working in groups at the 2019 Impact Challenge

Our state needs your help! Your creative ideas can help move West Virginia Forward while you earn course credit and compete for prizes.

In one weekend, harness the power of innovation and take ownership of West Virginia’s future. Create and develop innovative ways to build the future of the Mountain State, then pitch your ideas to a panel of judges for prize money and course credit.

Date: SPRING 2021
Location: WVU Evansdale Crossing in Morgantown, WV

You can make a difference. Will you take the Impact Challenge?

 Learn more about the Impact Challenge 

What to Expect:

Meet friends / Build teams / Innovate / Move WV Forward

Student and experts discussing ideas

  • Friday: Meet friends and build teams.
  • Saturday: Research, innovate, and consult with experts.
  • Sunday: Compete and share your ideas for moving WV Forward.

The Benefits:

Earn one course credit in just one weekend! This resume-building experience includes cutting edge workshops and other benefits including:

  • Direct access to top industry leaders and field experts.
  • Free food and prizes
  • Hands-on education in identifying and pitching innovative solutions to real-life problems.
  • Introduction to technical and leadership skills that can offer a competitive edge in future jobs.
  • A head start into entering the statewide Business Plan Competition for a chance to win up to $10,000 per category in cash and consulting services.


College contact: Tara St. Clair (
High School contact: Lauren Prinzo (

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Hosted by the IDEA Hub, in partnership with the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Davis College of Agriculture, WVU Extension, Natural Resources and Design, Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and WV Forward.