Collegiate Inventors Competition

Compete with the nation’s most creative and innovative university students while networking with the most influential innovation leaders in the world.

Collegiate Inventors Competition
Collegiate Inventors Competition

What is the Collegiate Inventors Competition?


The Collegiate Inventors Competition was founded in 1990 to encourage and drive innovation and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level. The Competition brings together the nation’s brightest college minds to showcase, recognize, and award their cutting-edge research and discovery.

A panel of experts not only judge the Finalists’ entries, but also provides feedback, brainstorming, and encouragement needed to take inventions to the next level of innovation. And contestants compete for cash and prizes, too. In fact, over the last 25 years, with the help of our sponsors, we have awarded over $1 million to 183 of the country’s most innovative collegiate students.

And the next one could be you!

2017 submissions have closed. Information for the 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition will be available in the spring.

Collegiate Inventors Competition
Collegiate Inventors Competition

The 2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo + Awards


Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.


United States Patent and Trademark Office
Madison Building Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


In advance of the Competition, Finalists showcase their inventions and interact with thousands of USPTO patent and trademark examiners, sponsors, and media at the Competition Expo, creating the greatest gathering of collegiate innovation in the nation.

Past Winners

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Want to Impress the Judges?

No pressure, but the Collegiate Inventors Hall of Fame judges are the country’s most influential inventors and innovation experts, with Inductees who represent a wide range of fields along with representatives from the USPTO and the AbbVie Foundation. If you’re going to wow this group, you need to bring your A+ game! Below are a few tips on how to do that and more details are located in the Application Process section.

  • Your entry should be complete, workable, and well-articulated
  • Originality and inventiveness of the concept, process, and/or technology it represents will be part of the evaluation
  • Scope of use and potential social, environmental, and economic value to society is also key to success

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