Stage III: PITCH CONTEST

Participants presented their refined innovations to a virtual audience

September 15 – 16, 2020
Award Announcement: September 25, 2020
Three Grand Prize Winners and a Prize Pool of $700,000 in Cash and In-Kind Prizes

Participants presented their concepts in the form of a 10-minute pitch and 10-minute question-and-answer period during the virtual American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. The finalists were judged based both on their pitch and their required technical submission; evaluation criteria included technical innovation, technical feasibility, market feasibility, and the proposed research and development plan.

The PITCH CONTEST was scored by a panel of reviewers selected by WPTO and Reclamation. The Prize Administrator, in consultation with WPTO and Reclamation, selected the contest winners. Prizes were distributed between the three grand prize winners:

  • First Place: $200,000 cash and $100,000 in voucher support
  • Second Place: $125,000 cash and $100,000 in voucher support
  • Third Place: $75,000 cash and $100,000 in voucher support

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!


Three Grand Prize winners were selected based on their innovative ideas, winning pitches, and strong submission packages.

entry title team video
Deal with the Devil Fish: Biometric Screen Alden Research Labs – Benjamin Mater (PI)Former ORNL Aquatic Biologist – Charles Coutant (Co-PI)
Fish Diversion Materials and Inspection Improvement Coating Nicholas LaBry's team / Prometheus Innovations, LLC
The Center Sender Sterling Watson's team / Natel

The winners will use their cash and in-kind voucher support to advance their concepts through September 30, 2021.

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