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]

InnoVision Announces 2018 Keynote Speaker!

InnoVision Announces 2018 Keynote Speaker!

Spartanburg, SC- As South Carolina looks forward to the 20th Annual InnoVision Technology Awards, the InnoVision Board has released exciting news about this year’s dinner Keynote.


Joshua Stewart Senior Engineering Director at Proterra, will address the assembly at the upcoming November 8th banquet to at the Spartanburg Marriott. Josh has continually gravitated toward exciting vehicles, having served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army, later having worked in professional racing as an engine and powertrain design engineer for various NASCAR teams including RouchYates Racing Engines, and now leading Proterra in the custom design and technical development of 21st century transit.

InnoVision Awards celebrates the very best new technical innovations conducted in South Carolina. This year InnoVision will not only announce the Winners in seven categories, but include a look backward at some of the distinguished awardees and inventions during its history.
Tickets may be purchased through the website https://www.innovisionawards.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovision-awards-dinner-tickets-49036950840?aff=ebdssbeac


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.

Learn to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

Learn to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

On August 16, join local business leaders for an event diving into the details of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), sponsored in partnership with South Carolina Manufacturing, The Brickyard, InnoVision, SCRA and the Douglas Kim Law Firm. Business is booming in South Carolina, and across the state, innovation is driving economic and technological developments. But just like any other asset, that innovation must be protected. In fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce noted on July 7, 2016 that, “Intellectual property protection is critical to fostering innovation. Without the protection of ideas, businesses and individuals would not reap the full benefits of their inventions and would focus less on research and development.”

While more and more business owners and innovators are realizing the importance of protecting their intellectual property legally, the initial protection of ideas, research and developments is only one part of the formula; companies who learn how to leverage their IPR through a fully-developed strategy can push ahead of others in what oftentimes can be a race against time itself.

Our presenters will discuss their own IPR strategies—strategies that they confirm have contributed to the successes of their businesses. Presenting will be:

  • Doug Kim, an attorney practicing in Intellectual Property with the Douglas Kim Law Firm;
  • Ralph Hulseman, CEO of Hoowaki, LLC;
  • Cody Reynolds, Tech Transfer for Greenville Health System;
  • Steve Johnson, Regional Manager for SC Launch; and,
  • Nicole Johnson, Trademarks, Branding and Marketing, Boyd Cycling.

This presentation, held at The Brickyard (400 Birnie St, Suite J, Greenville) will begin at 4 p.m. and include an overview of IPR, a panel discussion with entities that create, value and have directly benefited from IPR. A networking session will follow at 5:45 p.m.


For More Information, contact Sydney Cooke at build@brickyardgvl.com.

Meet The Judges

The InnoVision jury panel is composed of consultants, technical leaders, university members, business leaders, and industrial researchers; all located outside the state of South Carolina. The judging process seeks the most significant new innovations in development, integration, sustainability, education, community service, and small enterprise.

The Judges:

Kevin Andrews

Kevin presently serves as Senior Program Manager at NineSigma NA in the Cleveland, Ohio region. He is a physical chemist with a strong background in R&D and a keen ability to connect innovations.

Joonhyung Cho

Joon is presently Director of Business Development, Industry Relations at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has a strong background in agricultural biotechnology and intellectual property commercialization.

Eloise Young

Eloise is challenge designer for HeroX, a sister organization to XPrize.  She is part of the design team for the Base 11 Space Challenge that recently launched. She is an organist chemist operating her own consultancy in Moreland Hills, Cleveland, Ohio.

Don Ross

Don is President of Innovare, Inc. in the greater Boston area. Innovare examines and discovers the backbone of technical problems and utilizes a vast network of contacts and methods to bring solutions to major clients. Prior to starting his company, Don was Director of Innovation at Ocean Spray.

Elizabeth A Newcomb-Hopfer

Beth is Associate Professor, Fashion Merchandising and Design, at NC A&T University in Greensboro, N.C.  Beth has a strong background in textile technology and textile management stemming from her graduate studies at N.C. State.

Brad Tompkins

Brad is the CEO of VMware User Group (VMUG), operating out of Franklin, Tennessee. Brad is a global leader in corporate information technology, helping lead his over 100,000 global members in education, strategy, profitability, and operations.

Seetha Coleman-Kummula

Seetha is CEO of the Science, Technology, and Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE), operating out of Newark, DE. Seetha is truly an international leader, having worked in Amsterdam, Brussels, Houston, UK, Milan, Frankfurt, Midland, and Wilmington. Since 2006, she has strongly focused on Sustainability.

InnoVision Awards Partner Hosting GCC on June 14th

InnoVision Awards partner, Upstate SC Alliance, is hosting an important opportunity to hear how the Global Competitive Council has forged important relationships with middle market international partners to bring technology and new industry investments. Please take the opportunity to attend an enriching program entitled, Grow Your Business Through Global Connections. You are encouraged to register by clicking on the link below.

Important Info:

Grow Your Business Through Global Connections
June 14, 2018 | The Poinsett Club
Breakfast & Networking: 8 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $20

Register Here

How global is the Upstate and how does that impact your company and our regional economy? Join a list of speakers on June 14th to learn more!

Innovation Around the World

It is exciting to see innovation being celebrated around the world. Innovation is what makes our world better, cleaner, and safer and what better way to celebrate that than with awards! We love to see other innovation awards outside of South Carolina. We encourage you to have a look at how Amsterdam is celebrating innovation in the cleaning industry. It may inspire you to consider entering your invention for a 2018 InnoVision Award, which you can do by clicking HERE.

InnoVision Awards is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology. It recognizes and promotes excellence in innovation through technology Forums, Young Innovator Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Technology Awards in six categories.

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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Join InnoVision organization for the July forum and discover how SC EPSCoR/IDeA supports small businesses in South Carolina!

Save the Date – Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

3:45 PM

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Networking Reception
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Our speaker this month is April Heyward, the Program Manager for the SC EPSCoR/IDeA (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Institutional Development Awards) Program at the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA).  At SC EPSCoR/IDeA, she develops, implements, and manages STEM funding programs and works with the K-12 sector, colleges and universities, industry, and small businesses to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, and the STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina.   April will share with us how the SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program provides small businesses with seed investments to foster competitive research and development (R&D) proposal submissions.

The Phase-0 program provides seed grants to small businesses seeking SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) support. The SBIR and STTR programs are two highly competitive award systems that provide small businesses with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific federal R&D needs. The Phase-0 Program has made investments in the areas of Advance Manufacturing; Advanced Materials; Digital Technologies; and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. 


Join InnoVision to learn more about Growlerchill and its highly successful Kickstarter Campaign

Save the Date – Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

3:45 PM

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Networking Reception
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Penguin Tap has invented a revolutionary craft beer storage and dispensing device that will allow beer lovers to enjoy a growler long after it is opened.  (See https://growlerchill.com).  They launched a Kickstarter program in January of 2017 with an initial goal of raising $175,000.  Due to the overwhelming response, it exceeded it’s goal in 24 hours, ultimately hitting over $650,000 in commitments.  This puts them at the top 3 percent of all successfully funded Kickstarter projects.

Please join the InnoVision Awards Organization on April 20, 2017 to hear Randy Hollister discuss his invention, his company and his success.  And, with such an overwhelmingly successful kick starter campaign also comes some complications.  Joining Randy, is Anna Locke, President of A.T. Locke Total Accounting, who will discuss the tax and accounting ramifications associated with such a successful kick starter campaign.


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