Take Your Innovation to the Next Level with Our Collegiate Inventors Competition
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.
Here’s what you can expect from the CIC experience. First, the competition kicks off as our Finalists attend a virtual welcome session. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other students, as well as with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officials.
Next, the competition heats up as Finalists present their inventions to a panel of Judges made up of the most influential inventors and innovation experts in the country — National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials and patent examiners. Winners receive cash prizes and are awarded a USPTO acceleration certificate. You can learn more about patent acceleration here.
Congratulations 2021 CIC Winners!
Graduate Winner: SolarClear
Graduate Runner-Up: VirSENSE
Undergraduate Winner: EarFlow
Undergraduate Runner-Up: Augment Health Bladder Management System
Arrow Electronics People's Choice Award Winner: Firebot