ACC InVenture Prize 2018

Video Recording

Below are the selected finalists for the second annual ACC InVenture Prize competition. All teams were selected by their respective institutions to compete in the preliminary round on April 5, 2018, and five teams will advance to the televised final round on April 6, 2018. Click the link below each team to learn more about their invention or product.

Competing Teams

University of Virginia
First Place Winner
People's Choice Winner

InMEDBio, LLC is the creator of Phoenix-Aid, a five-layer wound dressing that meshes the ABCs of chronic wound care: Accelerating Healing, Blocking Infections, and Comforting the Wound, into one cost-effective product that is ideal for treating patients in emerging markets.

Ashwinraj Karthikeyan
Aerospace Engineering
Four Growers
University of Pittsburgh
Second Place Winner

Four Growers is utilizing emerging technology and advancements in robotics to create a robot that autonomously harvests greenhouse crops, enabling greenhouse farmers to expand their operations, reduce their production costs, and increase their yields.

Brandon Contino
Electrical Engineering
Dan Chi
Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Garcia
North Carolina State University

Chemios is a revolutionary cloud laboratory that makes chemistry research more efficient, accessible, and affordable.

Kobi Felton
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Casey Hillenburg
Mechanical Engineering
Shraddha Rathod
Computer Engineering
Chandler Gonzales
Computer Science
Florida State University

DiaTech is creating a device that alerts a person with diabetes if their insulin pump is malfunctioning and not successfully delivering the desired insulin injection necessary to regulate their blood glucose levels.

Nicholas Cooper
Biomedical Engineering
Luis E. Blanco
Biomedical Engineering
John Wilcox
JC Gray
Biomedical Engineering
Syracuse University
In-Spire is a sleek, wearable, refillable asthma inhaler bracelet that is an effective new medication delivery method. 
Kayla Simon
Aerospace Engineering
Elizabeth Tarangelo
Biomedical Engineering
University of Notre Dame

Lumen uses an array of sensors and calibrated algorithms to record accurate UV readings in order to provide people with personalized UV exposure data to help them monitor their skin cancer risk.

Luke Maillie
Andrew Raymond Munch
Duke University

MiResource is an online platform designed to help match patients to the right mental health care for their individualized needs.

Mackenzie Drazan
Political Science
Gabriela Asturias
Nina Bidikov
Emily Berkowitz
Robert Rappleye
Wake Forest University

NORI is an elongated flat iron for clothes featuring fabric-specific heat settings that removes wrinkles with ease.

Lauren Connors
Literature, Media, and Communication
Annabel Love
Literature, Media, and Communication
Claire O'Brien
Literature, Media, and Communication
Alexis Schmittlein
Literature, Media, and Communication
Courtney Toll
Literature, Media, and Communication
Pascal Tags
University of Louisville

Our invention is a smart, passive, battery-free inventory tag that allows location tracking of company assets for ten-fold the price of current systems.

Haley C. Pfeiffer
Business Administration
Brandon T. Young
Electrical Engineering
Taylor Fatheree
Tim Burton
Computer Information System
Virginia Tech

AccuTemp by ThermaSENSE is a wearable sensor that measures athlete core temperature in real-time and prevents heat exhaustion and stroke.

Ali Roghani
Mechanical Engineering
Mohsen Roghani
Materials Science & Engr
Jordan Erisman
Business Administration
Boston College

Trackster is a running app created to help teams log and celebrate their training. At the core the app has a stopwatch which uses the volume buttons so workout and race times are saved automatically. Athletes can also use Trackster to log all of their general training with routes, images, partners & much more.

Emmett Scully
Computer Science
Jack Sexton
Business Administration
Georgia Tech

A first of its kind aiming device for competitive archery.

Kolby Hanley
Materials Science & Engr
Wander Without Worry
University of Miami

Wander Without Worry is a health-conscious, allergy-friendly meal preparation service that delivers peace of mind directly to your doorstep.

Cody Sklar
Business Administration
Watchdog Medical
University of North Carolina

Watchdog Medical is developing a device for early detection of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants in the NICU.

Taylor Lynn Williams
Biomedical Engineering
Logan Frederick
Biomedical Engineering
Megan Anderson
Biomedical Engineering
Andrew Conley
Biomedical Engineering
Dhruv Shankar
Biomedical Engineering


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