ESHIP.2 - Change the World Challenge

A bi-annual contest to develop innovative ideas with the potential of changing the world. Open to all current Rensselaer students. Up to $10,000 in prizes are distributed each semester.

The Change the World Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students of all disciplines to form teams and develop their unique ideas into a viable business concepts.  This is a hands-on experience in which students perform customer discovery to better understand the problem they are solving and who they are solving it for. Top teams are awarded $1,000 each and become eligible for the Best of the Best prize of $5,000 at the end of the year.

This competition is funded by Rensselaer alumnus, business, and social entrepreneur, Sean O'Sullivan '85.

Learn about past competition winners and view photos of past competitions. 


Oct 4
Location: TBD

What does it take to win $6000? Introduction to the competition

Pop-Up: Who is going to buy this thing?

Oct 13 6:00PM
Location: TBD

Pop-Up: Talking to customers


Teams conduct customer interviews on their own time.
We strongly encourage students to conduct customer discovery in a safe and professional manner. Remote interviews are acceptable. Try a video conference call or a phone call. 
Check in along the way if you need help finding customers to talk to or analyzing what you heard from them.

available online

Pop-Up: Pitching to Win 

Nov 7
Submit to compete 
Pitch decks do not need to be submitted in advance.

Nov 10 6:00PM
​​​​​​​Location: TBD

Live Pitch Night
Participants will present from their own laptops.
Judging will be live and in-person.
Results will be announced after all participants have pitched and results are tallied.


View the revised rubric in which teams will be judged.
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