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

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. 2019-2020 Transcend Madison Innovation 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

Off-Campus Competitions & Resources

Past Competitions

  • The Climate Leadership Challenge
  • Tong Prototype Prize
  • Schoofs Prize for Creativity 
  • G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition
  • Qualcomm Innovation Competition