College of Engineering

KEEN freshmen innovation challenge


Student Team Registration

The KEEN Freshmen Innovation Challenge is an annual event designed to provide first-year engineering students with real-world ideation and  entrepreneurial experience. The event is focused on the three C’s of the KEEN program offered by the College of Engineering - CuriosityConnections, and Creating Value.

Contestant Selection:
All freshmen students are invited to participate in the event. Six presentations are chosen to compete in the final round. The winning teams are awarded a cash prize, which can be used to further the development of their project.


keen freshmen innovation challenge 2023

virtual submission deadline - April 20, 2023

results announced and prizes awarded - April 27, 2023

The results will be announced to the participants and community on April 27th.  


For more information, contact:

Norman Rapino PhD MBA
Director of Engineering Innovation, College of Engineering
Professor of Practice for Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurially-Minded Learning, College of Engineering
Executive Director of Rocket Innovations, University of Toledo
419-530-6165 direct  /  419-262-6222 cell

Last Updated: 2/7/23