In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) must adapt for the health and safety of our Finalists, Judges and event attendees.

With this understanding, we will be holding a virtual CIC event for 2020. Event details are currently in the works. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Collegiate Inventors - Event

Our Annual Competition Showcases World-Class Collegiate Inventors

Each year, college students from across the nation travel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to make presentations to panels of judges comprised of National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials. In addition, the students participate in an Expo where they showcase their inventions for patent and trademark examiners, corporate sponsors, leaders in the intellectual property community and the general public.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the Winner and Runners-up in both the Graduate and Undergraduate categories, as well as the Winner of the People’s Choice Award. Since 1990, with the help of our sponsors, we have awarded more than $1 million to students to help them take their inventions to the next level.

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Meet the Collegiate Inventors

Meet the most recent CIC Finalists and Winners, and explore all of the collegiate inventors who have excelled in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

2019 Event Highlights

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2020 Sponsors