In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) was held virtually. Please note, competition details on our website reflect the traditional in-person event. 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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Please contact us for more information at [email protected], or by calling 800-968-4332 (option 6).

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.

Past Event Highlights

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2020 Undergraduate Winner Universally Friendly Obturator smiles for a virtual team photo ahead of their Q&A session with the Judges.
2019 CIC Finalist Lia Winter talks with Expo attendees at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.
2020 CIC Graduate Runner-Up Hearo poses for a team photo before going into their virtual Q&A session with the Judges.
Expo attendees cast their vote for the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award.
2019 Finalist SALUS poses by their team banner in the USPTO atrium.
2019 CIC Finalist team SecURO takes a ride in the Ford Mustang on display at the NIHF Museum during the Finalist Welcome Reception.

2020 Sponsors