Georgia Inventure Prize Competition

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Opus Affinity finishes in Top 5 in State Startup Competition

Opus Affinity presenting at the finals of the Georgia Inventure Prize Competition

Opus Affinity presenting at the finals of the Georgia Inventure Prize Competition

On April 3-4, Opus Affinity took part in the Georgia Inventure Prize State Competition, sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. This competition featured 19 colleges from across the state, all competing for the chance of a prize pool of $50,000. Based off of the Emmy-winning Georgia Tech Inventure competition, the Georgia Inventure Prize aimed to bring student startups from across the state to not only compete, but also cultivate entrepreneurship and push students and young entrepreneurs to innovate from every corner of the state. After winning North Georgia’s InnovateUNG, Opus represented The University of North Georgia in the first annual state competition. Hosted at the Georgia Public Broadcasting center in Atlanta, the startup participated in a two day event including the qualifying round, workshops, NCR tour, and televised finals.

 
 
All five finalist teams, along with the panel of judges, host Mark Curry, and the Georgia Chamber’s Chris Clark

All five finalist teams, along with the panel of judges, host Mark Curry, and the Georgia Chamber’s Chris Clark

 

After pitching to a group of 20 judges, all of whom were experienced, connected, and relevant business and startup leaders from companies like NCR and the Atlanta Falcons, Opus Affinity became one of five finalists that competed in the televised final the following day. Opus represented the University of North Georgia, and contended against teams from colleges Fort Valley State University, Southern Regional Technical College, Georgia Tech, and The University of Georgia. Each team presented to a panel of three judges, including Janelle Fitzpatrick, creator of the stair barrier, Lonnie Johnson, former Air Force & NASA engineer who created the Super Soaker and owns more than 100 patents, and Tiffany Krumins, founder of Mom Genius and winner of the first episode of Shark Tank. After each team presented an elevator-pitch style presentation, the judges chose FVSU’s ExtendoSocket as first place, and SRTC’s Spartan Wheel Chariots as second place, with Spartan Wheel also winning the People’s Choice.

Caleb Hearn & Sam Herrera of Opus Affinity

Caleb Hearn & Sam Herrera of Opus Affinity

Opus Affinity is extremely gracious to UNG and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for the amazing oppurtunity, and now has more of a network and capability to go forth and tackle the market with success and a strong backing. Along with a great publicity, Opus has reached businesses and leaders that otherwise would’ve been untouchable through this competition, and has met several amazing up and coming entrepreneurs from all around Georgia. The team is proud of how far Opus has come, and is excited for the future to come!

Please visit https://ung.edu/news/articles/2019/04/team-of-students-finishes-in-top-5-at-state-startup-contest.php to read more!

Caleb Hearn