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2022 TCO Innovation Competition

April 6, 2022 @ 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

The Innovation Competition, sponsored by GW’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), showcases promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. It is a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs and members of the venture community, and provides inventors the opportunity to pitch technologies by oral presentation and poster display to experienced entrepreneurs, investors and industry professionals. Inventors will present their technologies for a chance to win cash prizes. A total of $40,000* in prizes will be awarded!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 1:00-5:00 pm
WHERE: GW Science and Engineering Hall
Lehman Auditorium, Room B1220
800 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20052

* Prize money is for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept. $10,000 prizes awarded for best physical science and best life science project, as well as $5,000 prizes for 2nd place in each category. Additional prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to audience’s choice poster in each category.

1:00 – 2:30pm Poster Session – Light refreshments will be served
Interact with fellow researchers, industry experts, and potential investors. Vote for your favorite posters in physical science and life science to win two $5,000 prizes.

2:30 – 3:00pm Fireside Chat with Benjamin Holmes, Ph.D.
Dr. Holmes will share insights about his journey from GW graduate student inventor to technology startup co-founder and CEO. Dr. Holmes is currently CEO of Nanochon, developing 3D-printed devices for joint repair, and Interim-CEO of SonoStik, marketing an FDA-cleared vascular access device.

3:00 – 4:00pm Presentations
Pre-selected finalists pitch their technologies to win up to $30,000 in prizes. Finalists have 10 minutes to pitch their technology. The best presentations for Physical Sciences and Life Sciences will each win $10,000 for development and market research. The two runners up will each win $5,000.

4:00 – 5:00pm Awards and Networking Reception – Light refreshments will be served
Mingle while the judges deliberate and celebrate with the winners after they are announced.

This event is presented by the GW Technology Commercialization Office, with generous support from Blank Rome, and Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox.


April 6, 2022
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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800 22nd St NW, Rm 1220
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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