Applications open for ACC InVenture Prize

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The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is on a talent search for top student innovators who are inventing the future. Teams from Syracuse University are now being recruited for InVenture Prize 2019, a televised “Shark Tank”-style competition open to student startups at the 15 colleges and universities that are part of the ACC Academic Consortium.

The application is available on-line through February 8, 2019.

The winner of the Syracuse University ACC InVenture Prize competition on February 22, 2019 will receive an expense paid trip to the ACC InVenture Prize finals, April 16 -18, 2019 at NC State, and a chance to compete for $30,000 in prize funding.

In addition to Syracuse University, the 15 participating colleges are: Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State, University of Notre Dame, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Wake Forest University.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Each university finalist team may be composed of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students or recent graduates of the university within one year of graduation from their undergraduate program.
  • If a team member is a recent graduate of the university, the idea for the invention must have been initially conceived while the student was enrolled as an undergraduate.
  • Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students must comprise at least 50 percent of the registered team members. Individual teams with only one student are eligible to compete.
  • Teams with generated revenue or venture capital funding in excess of $100,000 are not eligible to compete.
  • Entrants should be the original creators, inventors or owners of the intellectual property (IP) underlying their invention. Any co-invention with non-students or any other third party outside the university must be fully disclosed during registration to determine if the outside contribution was substantial. A team whose idea or invention qualifies as university-owned IP is not eligible to enter.

Students who participated in Invent@SU—the Syracuse University invention accelerator— are strongly encouraged to apply.