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 2019 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 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition are now closed. Please check back in early-spring for information on the 2020 competition.
Congratulations 2018 CIC Winners
People's Choice Award
Download our Winners press release here. Learn more about all of the 2018 CIC teams below.
2018 Undergraduate Finalists
2018 Graduate Finalists
Join the 2018 Finalists on their journey to the Collegiate Inventors Competition
Thank you to our 2018 CIC Sponsors
Arrow Electronics Five Years Out
The Arrow Electronics Innovation Prize is available to one team each year that embodies the spirit of innovation in technology. This exclusive prize, awarded by a panel of judges from Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 113 global technology-solutions provider, advances the team to the final round of judging at the November competition. It also includes a unique opportunity to work with representatives from Arrow to discuss their innovation, explore collaboration opportunities and discover what’s next to achieve transformational results.