Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, we have implemented the following temporary rule and eligibility changes to the InventOR 2020 Competition:

  • Bootcamp is canceled. In lieu of bootcamp, InventOR will provide teams with virtual resources and host virtual events starting June 15. Calendar of events will be forthcoming. Teams will be required to attend at least 2 events.

  • Semifinal competition is canceled. All teams will advance to finals and receive an additional $2,000 prototyping grant upon completion and demonstration of progress at the June 26 presentations.

  • Teams are required to present a 3-min pitch and 2-min demo on June 26 (time TDB) virtually and must demonstrate progress in developing their prototype. These presentations will not be judged and will serve as a “check-point” to provide teams with feedback and ensure progress is being made.

  • All teams are required to attend finals in person on Sept 17-18 (tentative date). The in-person requirement is subject to change depending on social distancing rules.

  • Teams with only 1 team member are acceptable for the 2020 competition year.

  • All other rules will continue to be enforced.

    Additional recommendations for teams

Invent Oregon will be hosting events virtually until further notice. This includes preliminary school competitions and semifinals. We recommend the following for student teams:


  • Ensure that you are recording/documenting team progress digitally (photos, videos, etc.) to use in your pitch

  • It will be important to emphasize in your pitch/virtual presentation how exactly you plan to develop your prototype. Since you must demo or showcase your prototype virtually to judges, properly explaining the steps and timeline necessary to execute your prototype by finals in September will be critical.

  • It will be important to emphasize your team’s skills in your pitch. Judges will want to know that your team has the ability and technical know-how to execute and make progress on your prototype. You want to be able to clearly explain to judges how and why you will be able to build a high-quality prototype.



Invent Oregon Competition Process

Preliminary School Competition

Each partner school hosts a preliminary competition to identify two semifinalist teams to participate in the Invent Oregon semifinals. For the 2020 competition, there are 20 participating schools, which results in up 40 semifinal teams. 


Semifinal Competition

Each of the semifinalist teams will receive a $500 prototyping grant to advance the development of their prototype prior to the semifinal competition. 


Semifinalist teams will be required to participate in an InventOR Bootcamp the  weekend of April 24-26, 2020. Semifinalist teams will compete on the final day of the Bootcamp to determine the advancing finalists. The top-scoring team from each school and the remaining top 3 overall teams will advance to InventOR finals.


Final Competition

Each of the finalist teams will receive a $2,000 prototyping grant to continue to advance the development of their prototype. Finalists will compete for $30,000 in prizes at the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge final competition hosted in Medford at Rogue Community College on June 26th, 2020.


Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams along with awards for the best community college team, a visionary award, and people's choice awards. Exact prize amounts will be announced in June 2020.


Team Requirements

Eligible Students


Diverse Teams

Awards & Prizes

Intellectual Property (IP) Disclosure

Signature Required


Types of submissions accepted - What is innovation?

Invent Oregon defines inventions as a new or innovative product, process, or service.


Submissions must be a physical invention. For example, we do not accept lifestyle apps and standalone software that does not have a physical component. We do, however, accept and encourage the use of technology as part of a physical invention. 


Invent Oregon does not restrict the competition to any industry. We accept submissions in any sector or industry. 


All teams must demonstrate significant progress between the preliminary competition, semifinals, and finals (if the teams advance). InventOregon reserves the right to remove a non-progressing team from the competition and/or program participation.


InventOR encourages but does not require, that submissions focus on green or sustainable inventions. 

Invent Oregon accepts submissions that are still in the idea phase.


However, each team is judged on how much progress your team has made toward developing your prototype. While you can apply to InventOregon with an idea (and this is encouraged!) you must be willing to work hard to execute and build your invention. Teams that do not demonstrate progress may be disqualified.


A submission may be pre-revenue or producing revenue. Student companies that generated more than $100,000 in any single year are not eligible.


A team is ineligible if it has received outside institutional funding (venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, corporate funds, etc.). Teams may accept non-institutional funding (contest prizes, grants, loans, etc.) of up to $250,000 prior to or during this contest, so long as no equity ownership is associated with the funding

​Teams must consist of at least two team members. There is no limit on number of team members. 


At least one team member must be an eligible student directly affiliated with a partner Oregon college or university as described below. Faculty members cannot participate as team members. We recommend that teams consist of one technical and one business lead.

Eligible students are defined as:

  • Community college, undergraduate, and graduate students who have completed at least 12 credit hours during the most recent academic year at any Oregon college or university.

  • Alumni who have graduated within the last 12 months from any Oregon college or university.

  • High school students who are enrolled in a university, college, or community college may be eligible to join a team if they have completed at least 12 credit hours. 

No team or individual may participate in the InventOregon program with the same concept or prototype more than once if that team or individual was awarded a prize at the final competition in any previous year. Note: this refers to prize money and does not include prototyping grants.

We require that at least two team members from each team participate in the InventOR Bootcamp (April 24-26, 2020) and attend competition finals (June 26th, 2020).


Participation will likely require travel and overnight stays. Teams who do not adhere to the participation requirement will be disqualified. Invent Oregon reserves the right to require all grant funds dispersed to teams be returned if a team fails to meet participation requirements. 

Invent Oregon recognizes the value and importance of diversity in entrepreneurship.


Teams with diverse backgrounds tend to perform better —according to McKinsey, teams that are racially and ethnically diverse perform 33 percent more profitably than less diverse teams. We encourage inclusive teams with members who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities, women, and/or other underrepresented groups. 

Award money may be payable to the student or the venture.


Members of the winning teams must sign a Prize Agreement. If the team is offered and accepts additional funding, teams will be required to execute additional documentation.

Teams will be required to execute an IP Disclosure with submission.


Teams must disclose if they have patented their technology prior to the competition. Invent Oregon and Portland State University waive all claims to intellectual property for any submissions to the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge. Teams should consult with their school for specific details and school rules regarding intellectual property developed by students and/or faculty. 


All teams must submit a signed Eligibility Statement that certifies adherence to the competition rules upon entry.


Invent Oregon reserves the right to disqualify a team at any time for any reason at its discretion.


Failure to disclose or follow rules and guidelines are grounds for disqualification not only for teams, but for schools participation in following years.


All funds must be used for expenses related to technical and commercial development of the project such as prototyping, materials, supplies, or other activities that assist in moving the team’s goals forward.

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