2021 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize

2021 Georgia Tech Inventure Prize

2021 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize

After two rounds of preliminary competition, the teams aiming to bring home the 2021 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize title have been chosen. The 13th year of this one-of-a-kind student innovation competition has shaped up a bit differently than years past. Competing teams pitched their inventions virtually to a panel of judges and were then grilled by a panel of experts. Despite the pandemic changing in-person plans, a record-setting 58 teams and 140 participants entered this year. Now the field has narrowed to just six teams.

The finalists will compete in a rapid-fire televised pitch competition during a live broadcast set to air at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Until then, these teams will work to perfect their pitch and finalize their prototypes and plans, with $35,000 in prizes and patent filings, legal assistance, and startup funding up for grabs.

Here are the 2021 InVenture finalists:

BCase is a first-of-its-kind accessible, discreet, and secure birth control storage that attaches directly to the back of a mobile phone.

Sammie Hasen, biomedical engineering major from Atlanta, Ga.

Team Block Transfer has developed a new type of decentralized stock transfer agent protocol for global financial markets.

John Wooten, computer engineering major from Charlotte, N.C.

CADe is developing a mobile application that makes Computer Aided Design (CAD) software more accessible and easier to navigate.

Matt Segler, mechanical engineering major from Marietta, Ga.
Saiharshith Kilaru, electrical and computer engineering major from Suwanee, Ga.
Jake DePiero, mechanical engineering major from Marietta, Ga.
Tarun Muthuchamy, electrical engineering major from College Station, Texas
Sean Cody, biomedical engineering major from Bernardsville, N.J.
Ryan Soedjak, computer science major from St. Charles, Mo.

Team Delta Jacket has devised an inflatable and reversible garment that can help homeless people adapt to changes in weather or environment.

Aya Ayoubi, industrial design major from Amman, Jordan

Team SPOT Harness has prototyped a wearable device that uses sensors and vibrations to help blind dogs navigate their environment safely.

Matt McMullen, mechanical engineering major from Marietta, Ga.
Emma Bivings, mechanical engineering major from Atlanta, Ga.

Team StartProto wants to assist schools’ makerspaces through their unique safety and analytics system that can be used to track and control access to tools in shared environments.

Zach Cloud, mechanical engineering major from Roswell, Ga.
Tim Felbinger, electrical engineering major from Williamsburg, Va.

The winner of the 2021 InVenture Prize will receive $20,000. The second-place team will take home $10,000. The top two teams will also receive free U.S. patent filings by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing. A $5,000 People’s Choice Award will go to the fans’ favorite invention. Details on the public vote will be released prior to the March 17 broadcast.

This year, due to Covid-19 protocols, the event will be televised live but without a live audience. All participants will be tested for Covid-19 before the event.