2019 InVenture Prize winners, Ethos Medical, posing with trophy, photo

Engineering Impact at InVenture Prize

March 9, 2020

Engineering students and entrepreneurs take stage for Georgia Tech's InVenture Prize competition's finals.

Georgia Tech 2019 InVenture Prize competition

After months of preparation, practice, and pitching, the field of teams competing for the 2020 InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech is down to the final six.

In its 12th year, the InVenture Prize innovation competition features teams of students from disciplines across campus. Throughout the fall and early spring, the inventors get help from coaches and mentors on building their prototypes and their business models, developing their pitch to investors, and understanding patents and copyrights. The field of competitors progressively narrows through a preliminary and semifinal round.

The top prize is $20,000, with the second-place team winning $10,000; both teams receive a patent filing. Additionally, audience members will vote via text message and online for a fan-favorite People’s Choice award, which comes with $5,000. One of the finalists will represent Georgia Tech in the subsequent Georgia InVenture Prize competition among the state’s universities and the ACC InVenture Prize for all Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

The InVenture Prize Finals will air live from the Ferst Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 11 on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Aerodyme Technologies team posing, headshot


Aerodyme Technologies aims to provide the most practical and efficient rear-mounted aerodynamic attachment for tractor trailers available on the market that eliminates driver interaction altogether.

Three Team Canary members, headshot


Canary provides students a platform to read and write reviews about their internship and co-op experiences and provides employers insight on how to improve their programs to more effectively convert talent to full-time.

Team Nasolution members, headshot


A device for the safe self-administration of intranasal prescription medication at home, allowing remote regulation and monitoring by the user’s health care provider.

5 Team Queues members, headshot


Queues provides the best live wait times for your favorite dining locations.

W8R Systems team member, headshot

Curtis Lary (Mechanical Engineering)

W8R Systems

An overhead Robotic Delivery System.

Two Team Watchdog members, headshot


A portable security device used to protect personal belongings in public spaces.

InVenture Prize crowd, photo

The InVenture Prize 2020

Judges for the televised final include three Georgia Tech alumni: Shannon Evanchec, CEO of TruePani, a clean water startup that won the 2016 InVenture Prize People’s Choice Award; Garrett Langley, CEO of Flock Safety, a startup that builds cloud-connected license-plate readers for neighborhoods to fight crime; and Tripp Rackley, an internet banking and mobile payments pioneer and serial entrepreneur who is currently CEO of Kenzie Lane Innovation.

Tickets for the InVenture Prize Finals are now available and can be requested for free. Tickets may be picked up 5-7 p.m. on the night of the show in the lobby of the Ferst Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors close promptly at 7 p.m. for the live broadcast, and all audience members must be in their seats.

The InVenture Prize Impact

Sophomore Claire Crose, headshot

A World Designed by Kids

For schools with a limited budget and classrooms that are routinely reconfigured, folding chairs are a necessity. But students at Living Science Homeschool Study Program in Woodstock would frequently become frustrated when stacks of folding chairs fell over or slid to the ground. No more. The K12 InVenture Prize Encourages Students to Engage in the Design of their own world.

CREATE-X Demo Day pamphlet cover, photo

The CREATE-X & InVenture Prize Connection

Startup Launch serves as the culmination of CREATE-X, a Georgia Tech initiative to provide the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to be successful entrepreneurs. It’s is an intensive summer program that provides students the funding, coaching, and legal services to launch their startups and take their ideas to market.

Will Sweet with InVenture Prize trophy, photo

Cooking with Gas

Will Sweet's FlameTech, first place winner at InVenture Prize in 2015, looks to disrupt the food industry with innovative apps. After Sweet graduated from Tech, he took a job in finance but worked on his side projects and ideas every night. He also was very careful to save money, knowing he would need it later when he started his own company. Today, that company is Shef.

Students seated listening to a speaker, photo

Student-Led Startup Exchange

Startup Exchange aims to empower the student entrepreneur community at Georgia Tech in a variety of ways, engaging with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as with leaders in the Atlanta area and other entrepreneurship-focused groups. Startup Exchange helps guide students into a more structured program on campus (like CREATE-X or InVenture Prize) as they crystalize their ideas

2019 Peoples Choice winners taking a selfie photo with the audience, photo
Award winners laughing on stage, photo
Ethos Medical on stage presenting their invention, photo

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