Engineering students and entrepreneurs take stage for Georgia Tech's InVenture Prize competition's finals.
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 aims to provide the most practical and efficient rear-mounted aerodynamic attachment for tractor trailers available on the market that eliminates driver interaction altogether.
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.
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.
Queues provides the best live wait times for your favorite dining locations.
An overhead Robotic Delivery System.
A portable security device used to protect personal belongings in public spaces.
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.