Innovation Forum is an annual competition and networking event showcasing Princeton research with the potential to be commercialized. Participants present their research in a three-minute presentation to the audience and a panel of judges, followed by a two-minute question and answer period.

Audience members typically include:

  • industry representatives
  • angel investors
  • venture capitalists
  • faculty
  • students
  • staff
  • members of the Princeton area entrepreneurial community

Following the presentations is a keynote speech and poster session/networking reception where participants can further discuss and demonstrate their research.


Individuals and teams consisting of Princeton:

  • Faculty
  • Research staff
  • Post doctoral candidates
  • Graduate students

The submitted research must be judged to have commercial application.


The top three entries receive prize money totaling $30,000. Funds will be awarded to the Principal Investigator for the research and must be used to advance the research or commercialization of the innovation.

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

How to Participate

The 15th Annual Innovation Forum will be held on September 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

As a presenter

The application period for the 2020 Innovation Forum is now open. The deadline to submit the full application is Friday, June 5, 2020.

Apply now

As a judge

  • Log in to review presentations (available in late-Spring 2020)

As an audience member

2019 Results


Cornelia Huellstrunk
Executive Director
Gina Sesta, Events Coordinator
Events Coordinator