InVenture Prize Competition 2015

Meet the 2015 InVenture Prize finalists! Click on a team name below to learn more about the competitors and their inventions.

Relive all the exciting moments by watching the broadcast of the 2015 InVenture Prize finals to the right.

Participating Teams

FlameTech Grill Defender

1st Place
Scott Schroer
Mechanical Engineering
Dunwoody, GA
Alex Roe
Computer Science
Cumming, GA
Will Sweet
Business Administration
Newnan, GA
The Grill Defender is a life safety device for gas grills that alerts users when gas levels have reached an unsafe threshold.
"Safety is our greatest concern, and winning the InVenture Prize would give us the capital and credibility to get our safety technology into the hands of grillers and grill manufacturers as soon as possible."


2nd Place
Jacquelyn Borinski
Biomedical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Mohamad Ali Najia
Biomedical Engineering
Danvers, MA
Drew Padilla
Biomedical Engineering
Tampa, FL
OculoStaple is a revolutionary new surgical device to safely correct for drooping eyelids.
"With safety in mind, we at OculoStaple are committed to correcting for drooping eyelids and restore patients' vision - most of whom are elderly. Our revolutionary new product vastly improves patient outcomes when compared to current surgical techniques. Winning the InVenture Prize will give us the support needed to get this product in the hands of surgeons and improving the daily lives of patients."


People's Choice
Philip Bale
Computer Science
Hockessin, DE
Megan Fechter
Business Administration
Augusta, GA
Chandler Matz
Computer Engineering
Cumming, GA
Haplit is an interactive and responsive learning device for the braille writing system that is targeted at those born blind or with degenerative diseases.
"Haplit was born out of the dream of making the world a better place for those subjected to visual impairment. As a technical device, however, we need capital for development and manufacturing. Winning the InVenture Prize would allow our team to professionally produce Haplit on a large scale and effectively deliver our product to market in a timely manner."


Shehmeer Jiwani
Computer Science
Snellville, GA
Adam Szaruga
Computer Science
Lawrenceville, GA
EQIP is a native try-before-you-buy marketplace that lets musicians experiment with expensive audio tools before committing to purchasing them.
"As musicians we're very aware of how underserved the music production community is, so we're setting out to fix many of the problems that the community faces. Winning the InVenture Prize would mean we can turn our passion for music into our careers while simultaneously helping musicians make better music worldwide."


Jack Breen
Mechanical Engineering
Encino, CA
The QuantaBrew is an airtight container that dispenses a set amount of coffee grounds each pour, simplifying the process of making coffee every morning.
"Winning the InVenture Prize will allow us to work with an industrial design firm who can help improve QuantaBrew’s design as an easy-to-use, inexpensive product that could be sold to coffee drinkers looking to save time in their morning routine."


Ricardo De Andrade
Industrial Engineering & Computer Science
Caracas, Venezuela
Miguel Oller
Mechanical Engineering
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Shortweb is a social productivity platform that delivers the most important information online through in-page, crowdsourced, highlights.
"As avid online readers, we understand that lack of time is a major problem when trying to find content online. We currently have a small pool of alpha testers giving us great feedback and asking for more features. Winning the InVenture Prize would give us the resources to accelerate the development of our product and to build the components necessary to scale our solution and make it available to millions of users."
Faith Salie and Bahareh Azizi
John Marshall, Guy Primus, and Wendi Sturgis