Become an inventor in just six weeks!

Invent@SU helps transform undergraduate students into inventors as they design, prototype and pitch original devices.

Students learn about design, ideation and intellectual property, then conceive an original invention, prototype the invention and refine it in response to weekly feedback from diverse audiences of guest evaluators.

The program is open to all undergraduate students who have not previously who have not previously entered their invention idea in another business plan or entrepreneurship competition.

In addition to 3 teams being awarded cash prizes, students will receive:

  • A $2,200 stipend
  • A $1,000 budget per team for project materials
  • Guidance from expert consultants and evaluators
  • Access to laser cutters, 3D printers, a machine shop, and professional machinists
  • Assistance with a provisional patent application
  • Daily lunch, coffee, and snacks

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2024 Winners


First Place – Phloat

Elijah Alexander ’27 (civil engineering)
Malak Aljerari ’27 (biomedical engineering)
Nathan Brekke ’26 (computer science)
Joshua Varkey ’26 (aerospace engineering)


Second Place – MagniClaw

Davis Hood ’26 (electrical engineering)
Jennifer Mason ’26 (mechanical engineering)
Matthew Pinto ’27 (biomedical engineering)
Carter Thompson ’26 (aerospace engineering)


Second Place – Swift Straps

Jessica Moreno ’26 (aerospace engineering)
Patrick Phanichyakarn ’26 (mechanical engineering)
Amira Salihovic ’25 (biomedical engineering)


Third Place – R!G

Robert Adinolfi ’28 (mechanical engineering) Brayden Phillips ’27 (chemical engineering)
Jair Espinoza ’25 (computer science)
Ava Lubkemann ’27 (environmental engineering)