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.


2018 InnoVision Award Winners!


Spartanburg, South Carolina November 9, 2018


InnoVision Awards Announces 2018 Award Winners


Blaine Childress, Chair of the InnoVision Awards Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the 2018 InnoVision Award Winners, recognized during the Awards Dinner, held at the Spartanburg Marriott.


Community Service:  Global Transplant Solutions introduced a new plastic package with a pleated resilient polymer design that permits clinicians to hygienically break up saline ice into a fine powder, to provide a slush for cooling human organs prior to harvesting.


Education:USC College of Engineering and Computing has created a new MS program in Technology Innovation that inspires entrepreneurial minded science and engineering students to take leaderships roles in product design in large organizations, and embark on new business ventures.


Small Enterprise: Tetramer Technologies synthesized a new polyimide coating with a service temperature of more than 350°C, to deliver superior performance to optical fibers, wires, and films.


Sustainability: Unlimited Power, LTD.engineered a modular, solar-powered charging and storage solution called HiveSystem™ which enables a 24-hour personal solar power grid.


Technology Development: Heatworks has invented a carbon electrode array that uses the minerals in the water supply to act as the heating element, yielding a 40% cost reduction and delivering cleaner hot water.


Technology Integration: Contec Healthcare has partnered with Tietex International to create PREMIRA®, a disposable microfiber mop that is revolutionizing the way that people clean in healthcare environments.


Young Innovator: Converse College created the Science, Technology and Research Scholars, or S.T.A.R.S. initiative, which selects high school students to work in a university laboratory, alongside undergraduates, graduates and professors to build confidence and ignite their love and interest in STEM fields.


Mr. Childress remarked, “The talent evidenced by the educators, scientists, and engineers who were recognized as Winners and Finalists this year, continues to impress and inspire all of South Carolina. On behalf of the InnoVision Board of Directors, I congratulate all of these outstanding innovators.”


For 20 years, InnoVisionAwardshas 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]

2018 Finalists Announced!



Greenville, South Carolina August 13, 2018



InnoVision Awards Announces Finalists for 2018 Awards


For 20 years, InnoVision Awards has represented the mark of distinction for outstanding technological excellence, leadership, and innovation in South Carolina, and beyond.  InnoVision recognizes businesses, entrepreneurs, educators, and individuals who set new standards for innovation; by creating, developing, and implementing their visionary thinking, thereby invigorating the South Carolina economy.


Blaine Childress, President of the InnoVision Awards Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2018 InnoVision Awards.


Technology Development: Accessible Diagnostics (Greenville, SC); Heatworks (Mount Pleasant, SC); and Poly-Med (Anderson, SC).


Technology Integration: BANDWAGON (Greenville, SC); Contec (Spartanburg, SC); andInsignia Group (Rock Hill, SC).


Small Enterprise: P2 Ops (Fort Mill, SC); Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing (Florence, SC); and Tetramer Technologies (Pendleton, SC).


Education: Clear Touch Interactive (Greenville, SC); C.U. Early Literacy Center (Clemson, SC); and USC College of Engineering and Computing (Columbia, SC).


Sustainability: Mogul SC Nonwovens (Gray Court, SC); Unlimited Power, LTD. (Greenville, SC); and Worthwhile (Greenville, SC).


Community Service: 6 AM City, LLC (Greenville, SC); Global Transplant Solutions (Duncan, SC); and Westminster Presbyterian-Carolina High School (Greenville, SC).


Young Innovator: Converse College S.T.A.R.S. Program (Spartanburg, SC).


Mr. Childress remarked, “Selection by our distinguished Judging Panel as a Finalist for an InnoVision Award is a significant achievement and honor. The InnoVision Awards program receives entries from the entire state of South Carolina and is always very competitive.  On behalf of the InnoVision Board of Directors, I applaud and congratulate all of the businesses and institutions who conducted these outstanding innovations in the state of South Carolina.”


The annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Spartanburg Marriott on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Sponsorships, Tables and Individual Tickets are now available. Please contact info@InnoVisionAwards.org to reserve your place at this event.

InnoVision Awards Announces the 2018 Call for Entries

April 20, 2018

InnoVision Awards Announces the 2018 Call for Entries

InnoVision Awards Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the call for Entry begins April 10, 2018 for consideration in six categories of innovation. Applications will be accepted until June 18, 2018.

The InnoVision Awards Program is South Carolina’s premier awards program focused exclusively on celebrating and enabling innovation through technology. InnoVision provides an opportunity for high visibility and exposure for your organization within the South Carolina business community.

Winners in each award category will be announced at the 20th Annual InnoVision Awards Dinner on November 8, 2018, at the Marriott in Spartanburg, SC.

The InnoVision Technology Awards Program is dedicated to recognizing the strongest candidates for each award category within the State of South Carolina:

New Technology Development: Recognizes a company or organization for the development of a new or improved technology.

Technology Integration: Recognizes a company or organization for the innovative integration of one or more existing technologies.

Education: Recognizes a company or organization for the innovative application or development of technology impacting education in the State of South Carolina.

Community Service: Recognizes a company or organization for the innovative application or development of technology that improves the quality of life within the State of South Carolina.

Sustainability: Recognizes a company or organization for the innovative application or development of technology to provide products or processes that support environmental stewardship.

Small Enterprise: Recognizes an organization with fewer than 50 full-time employees or less than $20 million in revenue, for the innovative application or development of new technology.

Only innovations conducted in South Carolina may be considered for an InnoVision Award. 

Applications can be downloaded or completed via our website at https://www.innovisionawards.org/innovision-awards-application-form/


About InnoVision Awards
Established in 1999, InnoVision is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology. InnoVision maintains its commitment to supporting and celebrating technology and innovation through two primary activities – the annual InnoVision Awards Banquet held each November, and InnoVision educational forums held throughout the year.

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InnoVision Awards Keynote Speaker, Monsi C. Roman

The InnoVision Awards Organization
Is pleased to Announce the
2016 Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker

Monsi C. Roman
Program Manager, NASA Centennial Challenges Program


Monsi C. Roman joined NASA in 1989 as a microbiologist, concerned with Environmental Control and Life Support systems. Her responsibilities have steadily expanded to include Chief Microbiologist for the International Space Station, and more recently, coordination of 6 NASA Centers of Excellence.

Since 2010, Monsi has been responsible for Human Exploration Life Support, in particular, focusing on life support systems and microbial sensors that will be used during the upcoming Journey to Mars.

She presently serves as Program Manager for NASA’s prize-based Centennial Challenges Program.  She manages 6 active Open Innovation competitions, with a total prize purse of over $12 Million, aimed at solving some of NASA’s most vexing problems.

Mrs. Roman is located at the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, AL.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Alabama as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico.

Join us at the 18th Annual InnoVision Awards Dinner
November 3, 2016
5:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Hyatt Regency Greenville 

Finalists are recognized in six different categories: Technology Development, Technology Integration, Community Service, Sustainability, Education & Small Enterprise.  Additionally, InnoVision recognizes a community leader with the Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award & a state education program with the Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award.

Sponsorships, Tables and Individual Tickets are now available.

Contact Angela Halpin at angela@innovisionawards.org or 864-630-7088 to reserve your tickets or visit https://www.innovisionawards.org/tickets-2016-innovision-awards-show/ to purchase and pay for tickets online through paypal.

Celebrating Excellence. Honoring Distinction. Applauding Innovation.

InnoVision 18th Annual Technology Awards

InnoVision 18th Annual Technology Awards

InnoVision celebrates innovation at the 18th Annual Technology Awards and names numerous South Carolina entities award winners.

Greenville, South Carolina — November 4, 2016 – Ravi Sastry, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Immedion, LLC and the Chair of the InnoVision Board of Directors, is pleased to recognize the following entities for their accomplishments and award-winning status presented at the 18th Annual InnoVision Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 3rd. The annual event was held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Young Innovator Award, named in honor of Dr. Ibrahim Janajreh, was presented to two students from the Center for Advanced Technical Studies under the leadership of their Project Lead The Way instructor Julie Krusen. Currently freshmen at Clemson and Duke studying Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering, the team developed a Progressive Feeding Utensil for Individuals who have neuromuscular disabilities.

Zverse (Columbia, SC), received the Technology Development Award, for their LAYR technology, which is a revolutionary software that readily analyzes and converts 2D images into 3D printable content.

Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, SC) earned the nod from the independent judging committee for the Technology Integration Award, for their Milliguard UVX200 HF product. Milliguard is a novel, reactive UV absorber that allows the polyurethane industry to reduce UV absorption while improving indoor air quality.

SC Future Minds (Florence, SC) received the Education Award, for developing a branded, digital “Donate Now” button for school websites across the state. Their innovation provides an easy way for public schools to solicit on-line donations for students and teachers.

The Small Enterprise Award, was awarded to Cognito Forms (Columbia, SC). Cognito Forms is an intuitive, user-friendly online document builder that enables companies all over the world to create sophisticated and complex forms for the best value!

SMARTVISTA (Spartanburg, SC) has repurposed reclaimed fibers into a Rapid Deployment absorbent media. SpillArmor absorbent barrier can be deployed in 30 seconds and requires no more training than is necessary to work a fire extinguisher. SMARTVISTA was the recipient of the Sustainability Award.

Pursuit Alert (Pickens, SC) received first place in the Community Service category for their development of a patented, state of the art mobile warning system to alert motorists and civilians of the danger of an active law enforcement pursuit or emergency response.

Each year, InnoVision also honors an individual in the State of South Carolina with the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who exhibits a commitment to the advancement of technology and the community through his/her technology-oriented contributions. Past recipients of the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award include; Dr. Larry Gluck, GHS Cancer Center; Jerry Barber, Roger Milliken and Tom Strange.

The 2016 Dr. Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr. Dennis Hayes, who in 1977 decided to improve the business use of the growing personal computer market. As a young man who was always fascinated with high technology, Mr. Hayes and his best friend Dale Heatherington built the first computer modem; a 300 bit per second device that connects computers by telephone, and started a communications revolution.

Mr. Sastry would also like to acknowledge the independent judges who include, Don Ross, Ph.D., MBA, Innovare, Inc.; Brad Tompkins; VM User Group; Elizabeth Newcomb- Hopfer; Valentina Trinetta; Kansas State University; and Kevin Andrews, NineSigma for their valuable expertise and service.


Celebrating Excellence. Honoring Distinction. Applauding Innovation.

South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of technology.