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:
Three Grand Prize winners were selected based on their innovative ideas, winning pitches, and strong submission packages.
|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.
Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can participate in the American-Made Challenges.