A New Type of Competition

The stage during the final round of the first inaugural ACC InVenture competition.

They've battled it out on the field, but now the ACC's best minds come together for a competition like no other. The Atlantic Coast Conference InVenture Prize is a collaborative effort by institutional leadership from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It represents an opportunity to stimulate undergraduate entrepreneurial activity and increase student-faculty engagement, to celebrate and highlight the exceptional creativity and ingenuity of our students, and to inspire a greater sense of camaraderie across the conference. 

The ACC InVenture Prize is an innovation competition in which teams of undergraduates representing each ACC university pitch their inventions or businesses before a live audience and a panel of judges. For the first time since its inception in 2016, the 2021 competition was held virtually by NC State University and the 1-hour show was streamed on YouTube and PBS stations across the ACC. 

Teams competed for $30,000 in prizes and a chance to be the next ACC InVenture Prize winner. 

1st place: $15,000

2nd place: $10,000

Audience choice: $5,000

"Shark Tank isn’t the only place to watch the next generation of entrepreneurs showcase their wares. The Atlantic Coast Conference InVenture Prize competition is finding the best young innovative minds from universities."
- Georgia Public Broadcasting