Click on the picture above or the link below to find out more about the 2019 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

Ethos Medical

Ethos Medical
1st Place
Cassidy Wang
Biomedical Engineering
Dublin, OH
Dev Mandavia
Biomedical Engineering
Duluth, GA
Lucas Muller
Mechanical Engineering
San Diego, CA
Ethos is making spinal taps quicker and safer by providing an intuitive real-time needle guidance system for use right at the patient’s bedside.

Winning the InVenture Prize would be a huge catalyst for progress! It would allow us to file a patent to protect our invention; it would fund the cadaveric and animal testing we need to do to prove the utility of our device; and it would open doors to clinical experts, business experts, and anyone else who can help us grow!

Finger Flyer

Finger Flyer
Austin Condict
Computer Science
Athens, GA
Jacob Parker
Mechanical Engineering
Windham, NH
Finger Flyer is a whole new way to interact with quadcopter drones, that circumvents a standard radio controller by literally putting the power of flight at your fingertips.

Winning InVenture Prize would be a dream come true for Finger Flyer. It would grant us the platform and financial support to help fufill our goal of introducing the next generation of youth to the power of drone technology in a fun and novel way. 

HANDLD

HANDLD
Chris Truong
Computer Science
Newnan, GA
Erik Van Winkle
Mechanical Engineering
Dunwoody, GA
Colin Santoro
Mechanical Engineering
Suwanee, GA
Emilio Conde
Mechanical Engineering
Locust Grove, GA
Johnny Maroun
Computer Science
Marietta, GA
Michael Francesconi
Mechanical Engineering
Johns Creek, GA
HANDLD is a disruptive, first of its kind device that gives cyclists the power to identify, record and report violations of safe passing laws across the nation.

Winning the InVenture Prize would enable us to continue pursuing our passion and allow us to take the next steps towards saving lives through safer roads.

Nix

Nix
People's Choice
Cory Stine
Mechanical Engineering
Saint Louis, MO
Dustin Sloan
Mechanical Engineering
Millbrook, NY
Milan Smart
Mechanical Engineering
Orlando, FL
Mohammed Aamir
Mechanical Engineering
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Robert Patterson
Mechanical Engineering
Sandy Springs, GA
Thomas Olson
Computer Science
Ellicott City, MD
Vishwa Shah
Computer Science
Tampa, FL
The vape that automatically tapers nicotine.

Winning InVenture Prize would give us the resources we need to manufacture more prototypes and deploy them into the hands of real users. This would provide us the critical data we need to fine tune our product.

TremorTrainer

TremorTrainer
2nd Place
Colten Spivey
Material Science and Engineering
Franklin, TN
Nicolette Prevost
Biomedical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Nisha Goddard
Biomedical Engineering
Trabuco Canyon, CA 
A therapeutic glove that implements counter-weight technology in order to enable those suffering from hand tremors to regain their ability to perform any everyday task.

Winning InVenture Prize will mean three big things for TremorTrainer: First, it would allow us to gain exposure, meaning people who could benefit from our life-changing device will hear about! Second, we would be able to file a design patent and upscale our sale of the device. Finally, it would give us the resources necessary to move our manufacturing in-house, in order to make our glove more readily available to patients at a cheaper cost.

Unfoldit

Unfoldit
Ryan Miles
Computer Science
Dacula, Georgia
Cliff Panos
Computer Science
Winter Park, FL
Jacqueline Elliott
Computer Science
Brattleboro, VT
Max Brauer
Computer Science
Atlanta, GA
Hanwen Xu
Computer Science
Atlanta, GA
Unfoldit is a game of paper folding and hole punching designed to test and enhance spatial abilities.

Winning the InVenture Prize would give us the funding for the marketing, branding, and legal fees that we need to protect Unfoldit and advertise it to reach the top charts of the App Store and Google Play Store. This prize would give us the resources we need to stack up to the competition and empower Unfoldit to be a leader in the next generation of apps.

Judges

Behrooz is a high-tech industry entrepreneur, who has taken on numerous operational, executive, and board director roles, and has invested in several private and public companies. Several of these companies have been acquired, creating over six billion dollars of cumulative value. Since 2012, he has been CEO and President of InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE: INVN), a world leading provider of sensors for smart phones, drones, wearables, smart homes and automobiles.

Blake Patton is the founder and Managing General Partner of Tech Square Ventures where he leads investments in enterprise software, marketplace, and platform technology companies. Under his leadership, the firm has invested in 51 early-stage companies.

Erika is the CEO and co-founder of Sanguina, a company that spun out of Georgia Tech and Emory University in 2014. Sanguina is focused on development and launch of home use wellness tools, including AnemoCheck, a color-based disposable screening tool for anemia, which won 2nd place in the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize competition in 2013. Since winning, Sanguina has raised over $1.5M in non-dilutive grant funding for continued development and commercialization of several technologies.

Hosts

Mengwasser outside.

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.