Click on the picture above or the link below to find out more about the 2018 InVenture Prize competition! Relive all the exciting moments by watching the recorded broadcast. Click on each team name to learn more about the competitors and their inventions.

Competing Teams

Tensionr

Tensionr
Michael Bailey
Mechanical Engineering
Canton, GA
Lauren Perrine
Mechanical Engineering
Potomac, MD
Austin Forgey
Mechanical Engineering
McDonough, GA
Brandon Will
Mechanical Engineering
Circle Pines, MN
Hannah Larson
Mechanical Engineering
Roswell, GA
An easy, safe, and effective strap tensioning tool for any shaped load.

"Winning the InVenture Prize is the catalyst team Tensionr needs to produce a small run of demo tensioners. With these tools, we can showcase the functionality of the product to companies and begin to receive orders. Filling purchase orders will allow us to manufacture in larger quantities, increase our profit margins, and jumpstart our business. The InVenture Prize will enable us to pursue larger markets and make our tool ubiquitous in a variety of industries."

Scal-Pal

Scal-Pal
Bailey Klee
Biomedical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Rachel Mann
Biomedical Engineering
Homer Glen, IL
Nicholas Quan
Biomedical Engineering
Richmond Hill, GA
Sydney Platt
Biomedical Engineering
Lake Jackson, TX
The Scal-Pal is a surgical blade package with built in mechanisms to attach and remove scalpel blades while eliminating blade exposure.

"Winning InVenture Prize would bring the Scal-Pal one step closer to protecting thousands of healthcare workers from the threat of exposed blades and blood borne illnesses. It would give us the resources needed to obtain a patent and begin the process of licensing our device. With the monetary prize our team would travel to trade shows in order to gain exposure to medical device manufacturers."

Ultraview

Ultraview
1st Place
Kolby Hanley
Materials Science and Engineering
Cambridge, VT
A first of its kind aiming device for competitive archery.

"Winning InVenture Prize would would mean so much to me. It would allow me to come out of college 100% debt free and start working for myself at my own company, doing what I love to do, in the industry I love to be in. Winning InVenture Prize would truly change my life and i'm very excited to have a spot in the finals!"

pHAM

pHAM
People's Choice
Lucas Votaw
Materials Science and Engineering
Herndon, VA
Michele Lauto
Materials Science and Engineering
Santa Monica, CA
Tyler Quill
Materials Science and Engineering
Grayson, GA
Aaron Stansell
Materials Science and Engineering
Birmingham, AL
pHAM is a coffee filter that reduces the acidity of coffee.

"Winning the InVenture Prize would be a dream come true for our team. It would give us the patent that we need to license this technology and get pHAM into coffee chains across the nation, and with the capital from winning InVenture, we can expand our current manufacturing process and supply more local coffee shops with pHAM."

Memeois

Memeois
Joshua Wang
Computer Science
Seoul, South Korea
Anushk Mittal
Computer Science
New Delhi, India
Memeois is a personalized all meme platform -- Giphy for Memes

"I don’t view InVenture Prize as a competition to win but an opportunity to present our product to the world. I am glad to be selected for the InVenture Prize finals where I can talk about my passion and my work that I have dedicated my life to. That said, winning the Inventure Prize can help scale our resources to speed-up the development timeline and conduct large scale user research without worrying about the instant financial needs."

PedalCreator

PedalCreator
2nd Place
Dallas Condra
Mechanical Engineering
Knoxville, TN
Vanya Padmanabhan
Industrial Design
Atlanta, GA
Jeremy Leff
Mechanical Engineering
Honolulu, HI
PedalCreator’s Disruption is the first analog effects pedal that gives guitarists the freedom to create any distortion sound at an affordable price.

"The judges selection of PedalCreator as the winner of Inventure prize would confirm to the world that Disruption is a consumer ready device while giving us the extra momentum to push our pedal debut to new heights. The prize money will allow us to file for our utility patent and help us to set up a manufacturer to produce our pedal at a larger scale."

Judges

Jasmine Burton attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was a President’s Scholarship Award recipient and Honors Program participant throughout her collegiate career. Burton had a host of professional points of growth while in college during her 2012 internship with Chick-fila-A corporate, 2013 participation in the CDC’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program, 2014 fellowship with Humanity in Action in Warsaw Poland and her 2015 fellowship with Global Health Corps in Lusaka, Zambia.

Rachel Ford began her journey into Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem while an undergrad at Georgia Tech, co-founding a connected car startup, FIXD Automotive, in parallel with her biomedical engineering studies. Prior, she cut her teeth in product development working within DowDuPont's R&D arm launching a commercialized non-woven product line. While at Georgia Tech, Rachel was an instructor within Georgia Tech’s Venture Lab, teaching both evidence-based entrepreneurship and design thinking.

Partha Unnava was born and raised in Columbus, OH. After graduating from Dublin Coffman High School, he attended Georgia Tech to study biomedical engineering. During college, he broke his ankle and spent six weeks on crutches, leading him to found BWHealth to create better products in the most overlooked areas of sports medicine, specifically with bracing and medical equipment.

Hosts

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Atlanta’s Ashley Mengwasser is a six-time Emmy-winning lifestyle host, writer, and producer. Her decade-long career is proof that millennials make great television! Georgia Public Broadcasting audiences know her best as the quirky, daredevil co-host on Georgia Traveler. Ashley hosts a variety of entertainment content, from DIY to doggies! In 2018, she was handpicked to host Lowe’s Home Improvement’s explosive YouTube contest “DIY-No-Mite.” Then, she packed a duffel bag full of treats to film the top-syndicated pet travel special Pets Welcome Here (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW).

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Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!  She’s also host of the new podcast “Real Good.” She’ll debut Off-Broadway later this year in her solo show, Approval Junkie, based on her memoir of the same name.