2018 Finalists Announced!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

REGISTER HERE

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.

PO Box 27087, Greenville, SC 29616

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

Registration
3:45 PM

Forum
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. 

REGISTER NOW

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

Registration
3:45 PM

Forum
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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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.

Impact of Receiving an InnoVision Award – The Technology Consortium

Impact of Receiving an InnoVision Award 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Hoffman, president of The Technology Consortium, Ltd. at an InnoVision Forum.  Friday, I spent the afternoon with Ron learning about his firm, and the reasons his new product, The HELP System, was the winner of the 2010 InnoVision Technology Award for the Small Enterprise category.  Even more importantly, he shared why receiving an InnoVision Award is so important to his company.

The HELP (High Efficiency Local Processor) System is able to reduce energy costs anywhere from 30-50%.  The new, smart microprocessor-Algorithm VFD motor control technology optimizes motor operation, and can easily be transferred to existing equipment. Ideal applications for The HELP System are H-VAC units, Chiller pumps, air-handlers, compressors and any type of 3-phase motors.  The HELP System is also effective in reducing humidity while providing a more stable temperature in H-VAC installations.  Additionally, The HELP System decreases drive component wear, reduces maintenance, increases motor life and improves motor performance. With all those benefits, why wouldn’t companies want to go through with the up fit?

The HELP System is already helping Upstate businesses save energy and financial resources,  and it’s also gaining traction in several other areas across the nation, too.  Ron hopes to make a major announcement in the weeks ahead about key prospects currently reviewing the many ways that The HELP System can help reduce energy expenditures for their firms, too.  Ron explains, “the reductions in energy costs will significantly impact facility operation costs, while helping the environment. “The greenest energy is the energy we never consume.”

Ron believes that many opportunities are on the horizon for The Technology Consortium, and states, “Receiving the 2010 InnoVision Award for The HELP System was significant in terms of providing exposure and visibility to The Technology Consortium group and The HELP System.  Not only did receiving the Award help us with Upstate area businesses, it has helped us become involved with national energy projects and initiatives. The InnoVision award provided us with a high level of credibility.”

Ron filed an application for the 2012 InnoVision Awards competition, and was a Finalist in the Sustainability Award for his firm’s SPEED Series. Ron explained, “I am extremely glad that I took the time to complete the applications and provide the information the judges needed to review the technologies.  Though not difficult”, he states, “it’s one extra thing to do when starting a company, but it is a process that I encourage South Carolina entrepreneurs, inventors and new business owners to pursue.”

Calls for Entries for the 2013 InnoVision Awards open May 1, 2013 and close July 8th, 2013.  Finalists will be announced on September 3, and the Finalists Reception is scheduled for September 26.  The Awards Dinner and Celebration will be held at the TD Center on Thursday, November 14.

 Martha Winebarger
InnoVision Advisory Board Member

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