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:
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.