Types of Wicked Problems


Step 1: Get your group together and start brainstorming!

Step 2: Try to attend a "How to Write a Proposal" workshop in Oct. or Feb.

Step 3: Submit your proposal through the link below.

Step 4: Participate in a World Café in November or March.

Winter proposals are due March 11. Finalists will present during RICE Day in April. Winners will work with an accelerator (Mill Race) to kick-start their project. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact cce@wartburg.edu.

Vocabulary & Definitions 

We know the terminology associated with entrepreneurship on the national and international level is many times foreign to most people. Therefore, please use these definitions below to help understand the intentions behind these terms.

Incubator: An entity that supports startups entering the beginning stages of building their idea or company. Incubators operate on an open-ended timeline and focus on the longevity of a startup.

Accelerator: An entity that supports startups after the incubation period. They operate on a set timeline to help build the business with the support of mentors and capital from investors.

Wicked Problem: A problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that may be difficult to recognize.

World Café: A method of structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables.

Societal Impact | Innovation
Sustainability | Integrative Problem-solving

The Wartburg incubator is a social entrepreneurship program designed to allow Wartburg students to tackle wicked problems through interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. The incubator hosts the annual Wicked Problems Challenge. If you have a passion for solving the world’s problems, consider submitting a proposal. We will select winners, help them incubate their ideas, and provide start-up funds to get their project off the ground. Successful projects may be connected with outside funding sources.


If you have questions or need additional informaiton, please contact cce@wartburg.edu.