Collegiate Inventors Competition

Your ideas Your ideas could shape the future could shape the future.


Join the nation’s most exciting competition that encourages invention, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities. Outstanding inventions in STEM and other creative fields are judged by a panel of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, United States Patent and Trademark Office officials and top AbbVie scientists – the most influential inventors and invention experts in the nation – for feedback, brainstorming and encouragement on taking inventions to the next level of innovation.

In addition to networking with some of our nation’s foremost innovators, you’ll also compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes and represent your school in competition among the country’s most inventive universities.

Rise to the challenge.

From Passion to Patent.

The collegiate inventors competition is where it starts.

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The Collegiate Inventors Competition is a Featured Event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the worlds largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. In five years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 140 countriesempowering roughly 25 million participants through 115,000 activities over that time. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a global network 10,000 partner organizations.

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