East Texas High School Idea Challenge

2023 Competition Results


2023 East Texas High School Idea Challenger winnersRebekah Daniel and Bliss Joseph
UT Tyler University Academy in Tyler
Apollo Care (healthcare app)


2023 East Texas High School Idea Challenger runner-upHayden Burns, Giovanni Pinedo, Tristan O'Sullivan
UT Tyler University Academy in Tyler
EcoStep (multi-use, self charging utility tool)


Vicarescue (Gavin Green, Levi Sharp), University Academy - Tyler
Knitted Kindness (Kiley Salser), Pine Tree
T.T. Case (Jeremiah Humphries, Asher Douglas, Elysia Halberstadt), University Academy - Tyler
EZ Fishing & Tackle (Oseas Medina, Nathan Culajay), Pine Tree


2024 Competition Dates

Sep 1

Elevator Pitch Submission Opens

Nov 26

Deadline to Submit Elevator Pitch Video

Dec 15

Announcement of Invitees to Compete

Apr 5

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 their respective 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