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Eight regional innovators receive funding through the KCV IMPACT Competition

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures is pleased to announce the 2024 winners of the IMPACT Competition.


The goal of the competition is to encourage ideation relevant to the improvement of the social, health, or economic conditions and highlight the value of innovators from across the state of Kentucky. Winners receive up to $25,000 for their institution to bring their innovations to life.


Learn more about the winners and their innovative projects below


Meet the 2024 IMPACT Award Winners


First Place Winners - $25,000 Each


Dr. Nicholas Caporusso

Dr. Nicholas Caporusso


Institution: Northern Kentucky University Collaborators: Rita Ghimire, Olivia Kennedy, Oshan Maharjan, Will Pond, Logan Hart, Leo Foy, My Doan, Bhuwhan Bhandari, Rajani Khatri


A conversational agent for providing mental health therapy to underserved populations

Read more about the winning innovation.



Eric Wooldridge

Eric Wooldridge, PE, RA, MsEng


Institution: Somerset Community College (KCTCS) 


Development of an Integrated Anchoring System in 3D Printed Concrete Walls for Traditional Roofing and Foundation Connections




Read more about the winning innovation.




Runner-Up - $15,000


Dr. Anindita Paul

Dr. Anindita Paul


Institution: Morehead State University 


Energy Harvester to charge a power bank for energizing Biomedical Electronic Appliances from human physical activities




Read more about the winning innovation.




Runners-Up - $10,000 Each


Dr. Sungjin Im

Dr. Sungjin Im


Institution: Western Kentucky University


Collaborators: Dr. Sally Kuhlenschmidt, Dr. Sean Joo


Automatic symptom checker of mental disorders




Read more about the winning innovation.




Boaz Burnett

Boaz Burnett 


Institution: Murray State University (student)


CineSolo






Read more about the winning innovation.




Runners-Up - $5,000 Each


Dr. Heba Elgazzar

Dr. Heba Elgazzar 


Institution: Morehead State University


Collaborators: Yori Patrick


SmartVisualAssist: An Innovative Emotion Detection System for Visually Impaired People using Deep Neural Networks


Read more about the winning innovation.



Dr. Kouroush Jenab

Dr. Kouroush Jenab 


Institution: Morehead State University


Individualized Mixed Reality Environments to Aid Autistic Child Development





Read more about the winning innovation.



Dr. Shahid Noor

Dr. Shahid Noor 


Institution: Northern Kentucky University


Blockchain-Enabled Economic and Health Monitoring System: A Grant Proposal for Innovative Tracking Solutions




Read more about the winning innovation.



If you'd like to learn more about these innovators or their technologies, please reach out to KCV@kstc.com.



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