2022 Competition Results


2022 East Texas High School Idea Challenger winnersZade Absy, Carter Branch, Luke Reed from the UT Tyler University Academy in Palestine for their portable iceless cooler.


2022 East Texas High School Idea Challenger runner-upIsaiah Adams, Ethan Niedecken, Isaiah Fox from UT Tyler University Academy in Palestine for their ATV Safety system.


Pyramid Reef Design; UT Tyler University Academy - Palestine
Coolatran; UT Tyler University Academy - Palestine
IEI Safety Crew; UT Tyler University Academy - Palestine
Kitchen Cow; UT Tyler University Academy - Palestine
Savvy Souls; Van High School
The Wheel Challenger; Pine Tree High School
SudzPro; Pine Tree High School
Air Jet; Pine Tree High School
Puffer Jacket; Pine Tree High School
Bijoux Adjustable Ring; Pine Tree High School
Pups and Angels; Pine Tree High School
D & A Sports; Pine Tree High School


2023 Competition Dates

Jan 16

Elevator Pitch Submission Opens

Mar 5

Deadline to Submit Elevator Pitch Video

Mar 10

Announcement of Invitees to Compete

May 12

Competition at UT Tyler


Attend the Competition

Teachers or administrators, attending the event is a great opportunity to introduce your students to the world of entrepreneurship and network with other entrepreneurs. If you would like to arrange for a group of students to attend the event, please fill out the following form.

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The East Texas High School Idea Challenge is the largest innovation competition in East Texas for high school students. The Idea Challenge is designed to encourage, support, and inspire the next generation of inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs with the goal of growing East Texas’ knowledge and economy.

All East Texas high schools are invited to submit teams of 1-3 students to participate in the Challenge. The winning students will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the runners-up will receive a $2,500 scholarship to study at The University of Texas at Tyler.

How does it work?

The challenge will be conducted in two competitive rounds.

Round 1 will require all interested teams to submit a video of their elevator pitch.  Judges will evaluate the entries and select the top pitches.  The selected teams will be invited to present their idea based around the Business Model Canvas

Round 2 will be held on The University of Texas at Tyler campus.  Teams will present their Business Model Canvas to our panel of judges. Judges will select the winner(s) from this round to receive a monetary award and scholarships.

Who is Eligible?

The challenge is open to all high schools (grades 9-12) in the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Hunt, Jasper, Jefferson, Kaufman, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upsher, Van Zandt, Wood.

Other Questions?

We have answers to several questions asked by our teams on our FAQ page.  If you have any questions that are not addressed, please feel free to contact us.

Brandon Reynolds
Director, Competitions and Mentoring