NDSU students advance to global entrepreneurship competition
June 8, 2022

NDSU students were part of the winning team at the regional Map the System competition sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business at NDSU. The team will advance to present their project, “Water is Life: Water Access in the Navajo Nation,” at the global finals sponsored by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

The team’s project explored the struggles that the Navajo Nation’s Diné people have trying to access a clean, reliable water source. Navajo Nation spans more than 27,000 square miles across three states in the southwestern U.S.

Map the System challenges students to use systems-thinking to understand complex issues. Rather than a standard pitch competition, it is designed to foster the discovery process and encourage a learning-first approach to social change.

The Map the System competition was brought to NDSU by Onnolee Nordstrom, NDSU’s Ozbun Chair of Entrepreneurship and head of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business. The center seeks to expand the definition of entrepreneurship and engage students of any major who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. Read more!