Each year, the nation’s most creative college students come together to compete while networking with world-class inventors.
What is the Collegiate Inventors Competition?
The Collegiate Inventors Competition® is a unique competition that can take your invention to the next level through networking, marketing exposure, mentorship and more!
Since 1990, with the help of our sponsors, we have awarded more than $1 million to students nationwide.
You’ll arrive at the competition and prepare for your judging session.
Our panel of experts will judge your invention. Then, you’ll present your innovation to the public during the Expo, followed by the Awards Dinner — where we will announce the 2020 Winners!
You'll head home knowing that you’ve had the opportunity to network with the country’s most innovative students, received mentorship from our Inductees and gained national exposure for your invention.
Enter the Competition
Entries for the 2020 CIC are closed. Check back in the spring for information on the 2021 CIC.
Congratulations 2019 CIC Winners!
Graduate Winner: Infinite Cooling
Graduate Runner-Up: Nanodropper
Undergraduate Winner: PE-IVT (Positively Engaged, Infinitely Variable Transmission Using Split Helical Gears)
Undergraduate Runner-Up and Arrow Electronics People's Choice Award Winner: PeritoneX