USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

The USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase took place Friday, November 1, 2019, 9AM-3PM at USC’s University Park Campus during Trojan Family Weekend. The annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase provides an opportunity for USC students to present their inventions, startups and prototypes (in all disciplines) to faculty and leaders from the local venture, entrepreneur and business community. Sponsored by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, this flagship event offers over $30,000 in USC-sponsored prizes to winning teams and ideas. The innovations may be anything with the potential for impact, from clean energy generation to a medical device to a technological solution for a social problem.

Read about this year’s winners.

Learn more about this year’s Showcase and 24 teams in our event program booklet.

Questions? Contact Peijean Tsai, Marketing Coordinator at USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

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Congratulations to the award winners and all 24 teams that competed in the 13th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase on November 1, 2019.

Winners of the 2019 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase:

$10,000 USC Stevens Transformational Innovation Award
Innovation most likely to transform an industry of community.
Funded by USC Stevens Center for Innovation 

  • Atomus
    Atomus is creating the itunes of 3D printing.
    Team leader: Joel Joseph, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

$10,000 Best Business Concept Award
Project with the best business model to be financially viable in the marketplace.
Funded by the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Infinity Box
    A fleet of reusable, collapsible, tech enhanced boxes for knowledge pooling of luxury, fragile, and signature-required items.
    Team leader: Donielle Sullivan, USC Iovine & Young Academy

Brooks Kushman Patentability Award (in-kind: $15,000 value)
Project deemed ready for intellectual property protection. Brooks Kushman will draft a complete paetnt application and file with the U.S. Patent Office.
Funded by Brooks Kushman P.C., a leading intellectual property and technology law firm

  • Infinity Box
    A fleet of reusable, collapsible, tech enhanced boxes for knowledge pooling of luxury, fragile, and signature-required items.
    Team leader: Donielle Sullivan, USC Iovine & Young Academy

Pillsbury Mentorship Award (in-kind: $15,000 value)
John Wetherell of Pillsbury will provide strategic counseling and draft a complete patent application for one finalist team.
Funded by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm founded in 1868

  • Beamlink
    Makes small, portable cell towers that can be quickly and cheaply deployed after natural disasters or in rural areas.
    Team leader: Arpad Kovesdy, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

$4,000 Global Impact Award
Awarded to the project with the most innovative idea to solve global social or environmental issues.
Funded by a donation by Daniel Floersheimer through the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Trill Project
    A social network that connects users to a safe and supportive community where they can freely express themselves.
    Team leader: Ariana Sokolov, USC Iovine & Young Academy

$2,500 Venture Validation Award
Project closest to market with the most progress gaining market traction including securing investors, funding, and marketing.
Funded by The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Prospoly Small Business Consulting
    Links underserved small businesses with affordable business consulting services in a variety of disciplines with recent graduates.
    Team leader: Maria Sim, USC Marshall School of Business (Social Entrepreneurship)

$1,000 Trojan Family Choice Award
Project voted most popular by the attendees of Trojan Family Weekend.
Funded by the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Prospoly Small Business Consulting
    Links underserved small businesses with affordable business consulting services in a variety of disciplines with recent graduates.
    Team leader: Maria Sim, USC Marshall School of Business (Social Entrepreneurship)

Thank you to the 24 student teams that competed at the 2019 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase. For details about each team, view our event program booklet.

  • Atomus Finalist and Winner of the USC Stevens Transformational Innovation Award
  • Beamlink Finalist and Winner of the Pillsbury Mentorship Award
  • Black Sand Research and Development – Finalist
  • Bookstack
  • dorkaholics.com
  • Duet
  • eLOQ – Finalist
  • FootVision – Finalist
  • iMidas Touch
  • Infinity Box – Finalist and Winner of the Best Business Concept Award
  • Influence Hunter
  • Lumeum
  • Microscape
  • Momento – Finalist
  • The Nurtury
  • Oculaxy
  • Overlooked
  • Project Sunrise
  • Prospoly Small Business Consulting – Finalist and Winner of the Venture Validation Award and Trojan Family Choice Award
  • SwimGuard
  • Tele Assist – Finalist
  • Thali
  • Trill Project – Finalist and Winner of the Global Impact Award
  • ZiM

Also, thank you to our sponsors and to our invited guests and speakers:

  • Randolph Hall, USC Vice President of Research (Keynote Speaker & Judge)
  • Len Lanzi, Los Angeles Venture Association (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Jennifer Dyer, USC Stevens Center for Innovation (Judge)
  • Michael Arciero, USC Stevens Center for Innovation (Judge)
  • Julia Metcalfe, Consultant (Sponsor & Judge)
  • Karen Heidelberger, Deerfield (Judge)
  • James Kaiser, HOYA (Judge)
  • Hallie Kuhn, Alexandria Venture Investments (Judge)
  • Michael E. Meyers, T.R. Winston (Judge)
  • James Proscia, Brooks Kushman (Judge)
  • William Slattery, Deerfield (Judge)
  • Caleb Smith, Salem Partners (Judge)
  • John Wetherell, Pillsbury (Judge)

 

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Read about other past winners of the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase: