USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! The NEXT USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase will take place Friday, October 13, 2017 at USC. Applications for the Showcase will be accepted online beginning April 26, 2017, and the deadline to apply is September 5, 2017. Click the “APPLY NOW” button below to start your application today.

The competition is open to all current USC undergraduate and graduate students. Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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Congratulations to the award winners and all 24 teams that competed in the 10th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase on October 7, 2016. Check out our news story for coverage and winners of the 2016 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase.

The next USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase will take place Friday, October 13, 2017 at USC’s University Park Campus. The Showcase is our annual business competition where USC students showcase their inventions and startup ideas in all disciplines to the entrepreneur and business community, competing for thousands of dollars in USC-sponsored funding to take their concepts further.

During the daylong event held at USC’s University Park Campus, student teams present and pitch their startup ideas and prototypes to expert judges from the entrepreneur and investment communities as well as Trojan Family Weekend attendees to compete for cash awards that can help to develop their ideas further. The most promising innovative student teams are selected as finalists to participate in an afternoon fast pitch round featuring 3 minute business pitches by each team to a panel of esteemed  judges, and an awards ceremony for the winners.

Each year, the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase features a Keynote Speaker. Last year’s Honored Guest and Keynote Speaker was Mark Stevens. Mr. Stevens is one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists and benefactor to the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

In 2016, $31,200 in USC-sponsored prizes were awarded in six categories: Most Innovative, Best Business Concept, Most Potentially Disruptive, Venture Validation, Global Impact, and the Trojan Family Choice Award. Projects were judged on a number of criteria including uniqueness, business concept, progress in funding, and the ability to transform the world. Prizes were sponsored by: USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at USC Marshall School of Business, USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation, Daniel Floersheimer, and Dun & Bradstreet.

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Winners of the 2016 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase were:
(read our news article for full coverage: http://stevens.usc.edu/usc-stevens-student-innovator-showcase-awards-30k-to-student-startups

$10,000 Most Innovative
Funded by USC Stevens Center for Innovation 

  • Auxomel
    Developing a peptide-gel prototype that can regrow superficial human tooth enamel and arrest the progress of tooth decay.


$10,000 Best Business Concept

Funded by the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Crowd.Game
    Created a large-scale interactive crowd gaming platform for live events, such as sports games and conventions.


$5,000 Global Impact

Funded by a donation by Daniel Floersheimer

  • Aqus
    Water filters that provide affordable access to clean water.


$2,500 Most Potentially Disruptive

Funded the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation 

  • Feel Image
    Developed a product that helps the visually challenged to feel the image in front of them by rising solenoids taking the shape of the object’s contour.


$2,500 Venture Validation

Funded by The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Auxomel
    Developing a peptide-gel prototype that can regrow superficial human tooth enamel and arrest the progress of tooth decay.


$1,200 Trojan Family Choice Award

Funded by USC Stevens Center for Innovation and the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Toolbot
    Versatile modular gadgets for autonomous photography and videography. This award is given to the project voted most popular by attendees of Trojan Family Weekend.

In addition to the cash awards, each student participating in the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase received a Dun & Bradstreet Small Business Starter Kit valued at $999 per kit, funded by our sponsor Dun & Bradstreet. This package gives startups everything needed to establish a Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® number and business credit file, important first steps for new companies. The Small Business Starter package is the ideal resource for new businesses seeking to quickly establish their business credit and promote themselves online. For more information about the package, visit: http://dandb.com/entrepreneurial-growth-initiative/small-business-starter/.

All 24 participating teams were an excellent representation of USC student innovators during the 2016 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase:

  • Aqus Finalist and Global Impact Award Winner
  • Auxomel – Finalist and Winner of the Most Innovative & Venture Validation Awards
  • Canox
  • Cradle Chair – Finalist
  • Crowd.Game – Finalist and Best Business Concept Award Winner
  • Drops
  • EFATHA Preprocessor
  • EnerSurge
  • Feel Image – Finalist and Most Potentially Disruptive Award Winner
  • FlexSpecs – Finalist
  • HEALER: Saving Homeless Youth from HIV
  • Health Stories for Kids – Finalist
  • Hexcare
  • INHALE – Finalist
  • MedZango
  • Perfit
  • Reefer Loyalty
  • RIZZARR
  • Share – A Better Way to Share Pictures
  • Speranza Health
  • The Surgeon’s Media Library (GIBLIB)
  • Terra Limpa – Finalist
  • Toolbot – Finalist and Trojan Family Choice Award winner
  • We-Sci

Thanks to the students and teams that participated, and to the generous sponsors for making this event a success. Special recognition goes to the panel of 2016 Judges and to our Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies:

  • Mark Stevens, Honored Guest and Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Peter Kuhn, Master of Ceremonies
  • Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation (Judge)
  • Daniel Floersheimer, Augmentum Advisors (Sponsor & Judge)
  • Ray Landgraf, Dun and Bradstreet (Sponsor & Judge)
  • Robert Shotwell and Julia Metcalfe, Facebook (Sponsors & Judges)
  • Michael Meyers, T.R. Winston (Judge)
  • Caleb Smith, Salem Partners (Judge)
  • Andy Wilson, Rexter (Judge)