Engineers at UW-Madison are known for their curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. We thrive on challenges and creating innovative solutions—many of which lead our faculty, staff and students to form successful companies. Check out our Innovation website, which lists competitions and events that celebrate creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship in the Wisconsin School of Business offers myriad resources for students interested in entrepreneurship—whether as a career or simply as an area of interest.

Select engineering and UW-Madison competitions

Develop new products or technologies—and marry those ideas with tangible, market-ready business plans in this unique competition. The UW-Madison Qualcomm Innovation Competition is based on an initiative called Venture Fest, where Qualcomm Inc. employees can take an innovation from its early stages to a full-fledged company. Visit the 2016 Competition website.

Our goal is to bring students from all across UW Madison to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations. Transcend is a UW-Madison registered student organization. 2016 Transcend Student Competition

This annual writing contest awards $1,000 in cash prizes to the best student papers on materials handling. It was created to promote and reward the study of materials handling. For information visit the website at

The Steuber Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing awards up to $1,000 for outstanding writing by freshmen. The Steuber Prize for Excellence in Writing awards up to $10,000 and one year (fall-spring) tuition and fees for outstanding writing of any type and style by sophomore, junior, and senior students in the College of Engineering. Interested students should visit the contest website at

The Climate Leadership Challenge is an innovation competition that awards $50,000 to a Grand Prize winner and significant cash prizes to five additional winning teams. CLC was founded by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and seeks proposals that present products or programs that address the causes or impacts of climate change. Participants are strongly encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams of up to 4 people. All UW-Madison students are eligible. For information visit our website at The Climate Leadership Challenge or visit our blog at

Off-Campus Competitions & Resources

Past Competitions