2017-2018 Competition Timeline

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Millikin University
All applicants to CHSI are invited for a day of innovation and mentorship on Millikin’s campus. The advancing top 50 applicants will be announced.
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Illinois State University
Coinciding with StartUp Showcase, the top 50 applicants are invited to participate in mentoring workshops and networking on Illinois State University’s campus.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Millikin University
The top 30 applicants are invited again to Millikin’s campus for a day of mentorship. Special workshops provided for high school teachers, with the High School Innovation Grant announced and awarded.
Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th, 2018 – Illinois State University
The top 30 applicants participate in a final display of their innovation and are interviewed on Friday evening. Top ten finalists are announced at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, advancing to a live “shark tank” competition. These finalists compete for 1st-5th place awards and $1,000 cash prizes on Saturday afternoon.

Celebrating High School Innovators 


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Paul Ritter - Director, Celebrating High School Innovators 

Paul Wever -  Coleman Entrepreneur Resident, Illinois State University 

Kate Flemming - Program Coordinator, Millikin University


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