Click on the picture above or the link below to find out more about the 2021 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

BCase

BCase
Sammie Hasen
Biomedical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
First-of-its-kind accessible, discreet, and secure birth control storage that attaches directly to the back of your phone.

Winning InVenture Prize will allow me to make BCase a reality. I have relied on 3D printed prototypes for many months, but that isn't a scalable model. The prize money will allow me to finance the tooling that leads to BCase's success. Also, the women's consumer product industry has been vastly dominated by men, and InVenture Prize gives me the platform to raise awareness to this problem. I am excited to share my product with everyone, and I can't wait to improve women's lives.

Block Transfer

Block Transfer
John Wooten
Computer Engineering
Charlotte, NC
A decentralized stock transfer agent protocol for global financial markets.

Winning the InVenture Prize would mean so much to us. It would give us the ability to reliably attract and retain top talent so that we can flawlessly execute our vision for an open stock transfer agent protocol. Winning the InVenture Prize would truly change the course of Block Transfer and we're very excited to have a spot in the finals!

CADe

CADe
Matt Segler
Mechanical Engineering
Marietta, GA
Saiharshith Kilaru
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suwanee, GA
Jake DePiero
Mechanical Engineering
Marietta, GA
Tarun Muthuchamy
Electrical Engineering
College Station, TX
Sean Cody
Biomedical Engineering
Bernardsville, NJ
Ryan Soedjak
Computer Science
St. Charles, MO
A Patent Pending Mobile Application to Improve Computer Aided Design Efficiency.

From high-performance manufacturing engineers, to high school students learning to 3D print for the first time, CADe is built for all of the creatives and designers in the world. Winning the InVenture Prize will provide the CADe team with the Intellectual Property tools and funding that we need to rapidly scale our business. At CADe, we want to enable you to be more productive, to make your product a reality and to empower you to change the world.

Delta Jacket

Delta Jacket
1st Place
People's Choice
Aya Ayoubi
Industrial Design
Amman, Jordan
An inflatable and reversible garment that can help the homeless adapt to changes in weather or environment.

A product always has room to develop and improve, especially one that hinges on comfort and dignity. Winning the InVenture prize with the Delta Jacket will help me help hundreds if not thousands of homeless people, through scaling my operation ten-fold. Not only will I hit the ground running by launching my buy-1-donate-1 venture, but I'll also have more resources to expand my testing to make the jacket ecosystem even more effective.

SPOT Harness

SPOT Harness
Matt McMullen
Mechanical Engineering
Marietta, GA
Emma Bivings
Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
A harness that uses sensors and vibrators to help blind dogs navigate.

Winning the InVenture prize would be a massive step in realizing a long-held dream. After watching my blind dog, Gracie, struggle through most of her life, it would be incredible to provide a better life for her and dogs like her all over the world.

StartProto

StartProto
2nd Place
Zach Cloud
Mechanical Engineering
Roswell, GA
Tim Felbinger
Electrical Engineering
Williamsburg, VA
MakerPresence is a safety and analytics system to control access to shared tools.

Winning the InVenture prize would mean that we can add members to our team, protect our idea, and bring the Maker Revolution to more schools!

Judges

Dev is a technology entrepreneur and enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams that adopt a user-centered approach to solve real problems.

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.

Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus is the Applied Science manager for Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) focusing on fairness and identifying biases in AWS AI technologies. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search team in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to working at Partpic, she received her Ph.D.

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.