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New Use Innovation

Each year, the Student Soybean Innovation Competition allows Purdue students to use their abilities and creativity develop innovative new products made from soybeans. Since 1994, past winners have included soy excipient, denture cream, and soybean crayons.


The contest aims to celebrate the talents of budding sustainable product innovators who have developed “new uses” for soybeans or their components. Students work in teams with two faculty advisors to:

  • Brainstorm product ideas
  • Create a production timeline
  • Conduct patent searches
  • Develop a market analysis
  • Document the technical process of creating their product or material
  • Design packaging
  • Market their product or material  

The competition begins in September and projects are completed in March and are judged and scored based on product viability, presentation and possibility for commercialization.


2014 Awards Banquet 20 Years of Innovation
Meet the 2013 Student Competition Teams and their products General Competition Introduction Video

Success Stories and Past Winning Products

Purdue students show how to innovate with soybeans


To learn more about the competition visit the competition web site,


Media questions? Visit our media page to contact us regarding the contest.




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