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NEXT Supported Companies Among Finalists Announced for the 2020 InnoVision Awards

By September 25, 2020October 1st, 2020No Comments

InnoVision Awards Announces 2020 Award Finalists

Greenville SC- The InnoVision Awards recognizes innovation in South Carolina annually through its InnoVision Awards program.  This year, InnoVision received a record number of applications reflecting both the strength of the innovation economy in South Carolina and the special circumstances of the 2020 pandemic. Finalists hail from all four regions of the State.

Each year, InnoVision Awards recognizes innovative companies and individuals in several categories:  Technology Development, Technology Application, Small Business, Sustainability, Education, and Community Service.  It also recognizes programs that teach STEM and innovation through its Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award and individual life-time achievement through the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award.

Among these finalists are NEXT supported companies Agulus, Inc., tForm Inc., Blue Eye Soft Corp; Hoowaki, LLC, and  Oversight, Inc.

After observing so many innovative responses to the Covid-19 challenge, the InnoVision Board of Directors added a special award category for 2020:  Covid-19 Response.  Once applications were received, they were divided into three categories:  technology research, technology application, and community service.

InnoVision will host a series of Tuesday Meet the Finalists online get-togethers to announce and congratulate the finalists in two award categories each Tuesday at 4:00, starting Sept 29th and ending October 20th.  “We invite everyone to join us for our weekly virtual receptions to meet our finalists and hear them talk about their innovations,” said Amy Robichaud.  The finalists, reception dates, and event links are noted below.

The winners will be announced at the Tuesday, November 17th Awards Ceremony.  Since it is a virtual celebration this year, it is open and free to the public.  InnoVision appreciates the important role their sponsors have played in making this happen.  Contec is the Award Celebration Sponsor.   South Carolina Research Authority and Velux are the Meet the Finalist Series sponsors.  Sponsors for individual award categories are noted in the list below.  Additional sponsorships are available as Contec, SCRA and Velux increased their sponsorship levels.

InnoVision Awards, established in 1999, is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology.  InnoVision is the only program of its kind in SC – a grass-roots, non-profit organization led by volunteers from  businesses, organizations, and universities. The organization is dedicated to finding innovation and technology from across the state, and recognizing and honoring peers for achievements in their respective fields.  InnoVision Awards are the mark of distinction for outstanding leadership, innovation, and technological excellence.


Listing of  Awards Finalists and the calendar of the Meet the Finalists Webinars

Tuesday, Sept 29th 4:00: Meet the Finalists: Technology Development and Community Service
Technology Development Award sponsored by Fluor Corporation

Technology Development Finalists:  Aravis Biotech;  Blinktbi; Techtronic Industries Power Equipment

Community Service Finalists:  Know2;  StartME Spartanburg; Union County Library System



Tuesday, October 6th 4:00:  Meet the Finalists:  Technology Integration and Sustainability
Technology Integration Award sponsored by Immedion

Technology Integration Finalists: Agulus, Inc.; Clemson University’s Composite Center; and Delta Bravo Artificial Intelligence

Sustainability Finalists: Clemson University’s Foam Recycling Center; Sonoco Products Company; and tForm, Inc.,  



Tuesday, October 13th 4:00:  Meet the Finalists: Small Business and Education
Education Award sponsored by Techtronic Industries Power Equipment

Small Business Finalists: Oversight, Inc.; Stand Yourself Up, LLC; and Verifyii Intelligent Identification

Education Finalists: IT-oLogy; Spartanburg Community College; and VR Mondi.



Tuesday, October 20th 4:00:  Meet the Finalists:  Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response – Technology Deployment Finalists: Blue Eye Soft Corp; Hoowaki, LLC; LANCR Health Technologies

Covid-19 Response – Technology Research Finalists: Clemson Autonomous Systems Team (Clemson University Mechanical Engineering); Negative Pressure Chamber Project (Clemson University Bioengineering); Covid Microbead Screening Project (Clemson University Chemistry);  and Covid Biomarker Detection Test Project (Clemson University Bioengineering)

Covid-19 Response – Community Service Finalists:  SaveMAPS, United Way of the Piedmont, Clemson University’s Watt Family Innovation Center


(For questions:  Contact Amy Robichaud at