InnoVision Awards Announces 2020 Award Finalists

(For questions:  Contact Amy Robichaud at amy.robichaud@innovisionawards.org)

InnoVision awards recognizes innovation in South Carolina annually through its InnoVision Awards program.  This year, InnoVision received a record number of applications reflecting both the strength of the innovation economy in South Carolina and the special circumstances of the 2020 pandemic.

Each year, InnoVision Awards recognizes innovative companies and individuals in several categories:  Technology Development, Technology Application, Small Business, Sustainability, Education, and Community Service.  It also recognizes programs that teach STEM and innovation through its Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award and individual life-time achievement through the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award.

After observing so many innovative responses to the Covid-19 challenge, the InnoVision Board of Directors added a special award category for 2020:  Covid-19 Response.  Once applications were received, they were divided into three categories:  technology research, technology application, and community service.

InnoVision will host a series of Tuesday Meet the Finalists online get-togethers to announce and congratulate the finalists in two award categories each Tuesday at 4:00, starting Sept 29th and ending October 20th.  “We invite everyone to join us for our weekly virtual receptions to meet our finalists and hear them talk about their innovations,” said Amy Robichaud.  The finalists, reception dates, and event links are posted on our website at www.innovisionawards.org.

The winners will be announced at the Tuesday, November 17th Awards Ceremony.  Since it is a virtual celebration this year, it is open and free to the public.  InnoVision appreciates the important role their sponsors have played in making this happen.  Contec is the Award Celebration Sponsor.   South Carolina Research Authority and Velux are the Meet the Finalist Series sponsors.  Sponsors for individual award categories are noted in the list below.

  • Technology Development – Fluor
  • Technology Integration – Immedion
  • Sustainability – Milliken
  • Small Business – Kim & Lahey Law Firm
  • Education – Techtronic Industries Power Equipment

InnoVision Awards, established in 1999, is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology.  InnoVision is the only program of its kind – a grass-roots, volunteer-led non-profit organization made up of businesses, organizations, universities, and individuals dedicated to finding innovation and technology in products, services, and education from across the state, and recognizing and honoring peers for achievements in their respective fields.  InnoVision Awards are the mark of distinction for outstanding leadership, innovation, and technological excellence.


Launch of InnoVision Forum Series

July 28th Webinar “Pandemic Pivot” Featuring Contec, Inc.

This summer, InnoVision is launching a forum series that focuses on organizations that have pivoted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join us for the premier of a new broadcast series, “Leading Beyond The Crisis,” presented by InnoVision.


On July 28 at 11AM, you will hear from the leadership team of Contec, a leading manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, and participate in a live Q&A session following a discussion of the sudden, unexpected challenges they faced across the company in March when the COVID crisis emerged.

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Our “Leading Beyond the Crisis” series will continue throughout 2020 and will feature Humimic, Prisma Health, VanRobotics and ZVerse.  For updates on upcoming forums, be sure to follow InnoVision Awards on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Quick, simplified nomination process for 2020!

Now is the time to recognize all of the remarkable innovators around us in South Carolina.

Some innovations have their roots in technology. Have you and your organization developed a new technology? Introduced a new product, process, or service that builds on technological innovation? Designed a creative new business model for reaching new customers?

Some innovations have their roots in crisis. Has your organization responded to the challenges of COVID-19 in creative ways? Produced a new product, designed a new supply chain, employed technology in novel ways?

Some innovations have their roots in community. Has your organization developed or led innovative programs for education or community service? Stepped up in creative, innovative ways to help the community with the COVID-19 crisis?

Look around you. Do you see examples of others in the community who have come up with new, innovative ideas, programs, products, and the like? Consider nominating them.  

Click here to nominate yourself, your company or others. There are only 3 questions.


InnoVision Awards Announces 2019 Award Winners

Cody Reynolds, Chair of the InnoVision Awards Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the 2019 InnoVision Award Winners, recognized during the Awards Dinner, held at the Spartanburg Marriott.

Community Service:  Public Education Partners Greenville County & Acuitas Economics were recognized for their InformEdsc.org website access tool. The development incorporates statistical analysis with easy-to-understand formats and dynamic graphical interfaces; to support, strengthen and advance public education and student achievement.

Education: Van Robotics, Inc have designed and built engaging and adaptive robot tutors to accelerate learning among young students through personalized learning interactions.  They have conducted pilot tests with over 200 students and have just launched manufacturing of their first 700 commercial robots out of their USC Incubator shop.

Small Enterprise: Stomagienics, Inc. has invented innovative healthcare solutions that improve the well-being of patients who have undergone ostomy surgery. Their products help reduce peristomal skin conditions, reduce leakage of the ostomy pouching system, and instill patient confidence and independence.

Sustainability: Sonshine Development, LLC have developed the SolarSpot 7, which converts the sun’s radiant energy to heat energy by its unique energy conversion coil. The compact system provides a proprietary, dual axis tracker that follows the sun and tilts through the seasons to increase heat output about 40% more than stationary rooftop units.

Technology Development: MIPY, LLC has designed proprietary medical auto-injectors are superior to current drug delivery systems in size, simplicity, reliability, and cost.  The MIPY will first address the epinephrine market, but many other drugs can be incorporated into this simple, compact game-changing auto-injector.

Technology Integration: SeeDaten, Inc. was recognized for delivering Reality, Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality learning environments and process analysis to manufacturing, healthcare, and education. The AR solutions convert manual workflow into training modules complete with process verification via optical recognition.

Young Innovator: Legacy Early College High School was honored for instilling scholars from underserved communities with the motivation and opportunity to step out of their conventional classroom programs and to pursue project-based learning within a STEM instructional framework, leading to greater numbers of students acquiring the confidence to continue technical studies into college.

Charles Townes Lifetime Achievement: William B. Sturgis is a South Carolina business leader, was honored for his direction on local educational and banking boards, his visionary leadership while President at Cryovac, Inc. and his contributions to chemical engineering and packaging science, that have forever transformed food packaging.

Dr. Reynolds remarked, “I am continually amazed at the resourcefulness and drive of South Carolinian educators and inventors to create new resources and market solutions to opportunities.  I applaud all of these outstanding innovators.”


For 21 years, InnoVision Awards has recognized businesses, community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and individuals who set new standards for innovation; by creating, developing, and implementing their visionary thinking, so as to preserve the environment and invigorate the economy of South Carolina. Please join us in our program. [www.InnoVisionAwards.org]

InnoVision Announces 2019 Keynote Speaker

For Immediate Release- November 12, 2019

InnoVision Announces 2019 Keynote Speaker

Spartanburg, SC- As South Carolina looks forward to the 21st Annual InnoVision Technology Awards, the InnoVision Board has released exciting details about this year’s dinner Keynote.

Colonel Andrew W. Batten, Chief of Staff for Science & Technology Integration Senior Engineering Director for Army Futures Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, will address the assembly at the upcoming November 21st banquet to be held at the Spartanburg Marriott.  Andrew leads the Future Vertical Lift cross functional team, thereby managing a portfolio of technologies focused upon the modernization, development and coordination of manned and unmanned Army aviation systems.

Colonel Batten is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Order of Saint Michael Silver Medal.





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