The 14th Annual innovation Forum will be held on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Maeder Hall auditorium at Princeton University.  The Keller Center and the Office of Technology Licensing will host the annual Innovation Forum to showcase Princeton research that offers the potential to be commercialized. 


The Innovation Forum consists of a competition piece in which participants present their research in a three-minute “elevator pitch” presentation to the audience and a panel of judges. Audience members include angel investors, venture capitalists, students, faculty, staff, and members of the Princeton area entrepreneurial community. 

Following the presentations, a networking reception is held to allow participants to further discuss and demonstrate their research. Prize money totaling $30,000 is awarded to the top three entries. 



Learn more about our nine presenters



Meet our five judges



Zakiya Smith Ellis serves as New Jersey's Secretary of Higher Education, where she is responsible for the policy development and coordination of higher education activities for the state. She will discuss Innovation and Opportunity: the Future of New Jersey Higher Education.



The competition is open to individuals and teams consisting of Princeton faculty, post doctoral candidates, and graduate students. Participation for 2019's Forum is closed. If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Innovation Forum review the past participant pitches and contact Cornelia Huellstrunk.

Register to attend: https://innovationforum2019.eventbrite.com

Schedule of Events

1:30 - 2:00  Check-In

2:00 - 2:15  Introductions

2:15 - 4:45  Forum Presentations

4:45 - 5:30  Demo Stations/Reception

5:30 - 6:00  Keynote

6:00 - Awards Ceremony

PRIZES: The top 3 innovations will be awarded funds in recognition of their work. The funds will be awarded to the Principal Investigator for the research and must be used to advance the research or commercialization of the innovation that is presented. Amounts will be awarded as follows.

$15,000 for first place
$10,000 for second place
$5,000 for third place

Prior to the public presentations, participants might be asked to field questions from the judges on their submissions.  Judges will have access to the complete application material (overview document, slide   presentation and filmed pitch) in advance of the competition.

During the public presentation, each participant will have three minutes to present their innovations to the audience. The presentations will be followed by a keynote.  The poster session and reception will allow attendees to engage with the participants to learn more about the innovations and their commercial applications. The prize ceremony will be conducted at the conclusion of the poster session.