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2014 Innovation Competition Details Available Now on Right Page Bar!

Notice: Updates will be posted below.


Key Dates:

  • November 7th - Official Interest Meeting: CANCELED, check website for info or email with any questions
  • November 21st - Official Submission Deadline
  • November 25th - Finalist Selection Notification
  • December 5th - Finalists Pitch at 2014 CIbM Innovation-based Manufacturing Workshop @ Fralin Auditorium at Virginia Tech



Who owns the intellectual property submitted to the contest?

The Catalyst Program and Innovation Competition are subject to Virginia Tech's intellectual property policy. Please see the following link for more details: Policy 13000.


Will I have the opportunity to secure my intellectual property?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to secure your IP. We can put you in touch with VTIP, the universities IP unit, as well as private patent lawyers.


How many teams enter the competition?

In past years, between 15-30 teams have submitted concepts to the competition.


What are the requirements/restrictions to enter the competition?

The competition is open to all students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, staff, and members of the local community.


Available Resources: 

View the document below to see just some of the resources available to develop your prototype.

VT Manufacturing Resources (PDF | 2MB)





Congratulations to the 2013 Innovation Competition Champions: Team L8!!!


L8 L8 Team (Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar): Winners of the 2013 CIbM Innovation Competition

L8 is a magnetic-kinetic toy comprised of 8 L-shaped pieces which can be assembled in multiple configurations. The team says the key innovation of the L8 toy are that, unlike other magnetic toys it is not just comprised of building blocks that stack together, but L8 uses the magnetic couplings as pivot points to create moveable mechanisms. This results in a toy which can be as simple or complex as you make it, making it suitable for all ages. The L8 team also has concepts and prototypes for several other magnetic-kinetic toys using the same concepts as the original L8 toy. 

For winning the CIbM Innovation Competition, the L8 team received $5,000, prototyping and manufacturing support from the CIbM, and business start-up support from VT KnowledgWorks. Negar and Alireza have worked with VTIP to acquire a patent and plan to use the award money and resources to help them produce their toys through a joint venture with an existing toy manufacturing company.

If you're interested in developing a new product or starting a business, you can find information about the CIbM's entrepreneur support program here: Entrepreneur Support


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Competition Info...

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2014 Innovation Competition Details (DOCX | 19KB)



2014 Innovation Competition Information Presentation