KCV IMPACT Competition awards six innovative projects.

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural KCV IMPACT (Innovative Mobile, Public Health, And Community-Oriented Technologies) 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 will receive up to $25,000 for their institution to bring their innovations to life.


Meet the Spring 2022 KCV IMPACT Award Winners


First Place Winners - $25,000 Each


Dr. Daniel Boamah

Dr. Daniel Boamah

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Dr. April Murphy, Dr. Kimberly Green, Dr. Austin Griffiths

Institution: Western Kentucky University


Development of a Multitenant Mixed/Virtual Reality Platform for Increasing Awareness of Implicit Bias in Child Welfare Decision-Making: A Public Health Crisis

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Dr. Rachel Tinius

Dr. Rachel Tinius

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Dex Wood, Ubaha Shipoke (London Business School)

Institution: Western Kentucky University


BumptUp: an evidence-based digital technology to improve physical activity and health outcomes among pregnant and postpartum women

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Runners-Up - $9,000 Each


Dr. Nicholas Caporusso

Dr. Nicholas Caporusso

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Brett Thaman, Trung Cao, Alex Oassey, Abhishek Shreshta, Dr. Junxiu Zhou, Dr. Yangyang Tao

Institution: Northern Kentucky University


Cursor - Next-generation eye-tracking solutions



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Dr. Jamie Fredericks

Dr. Jamie Fredericks

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Eric Wooldridge (SCC/KCTCS)

Institution: Eastern Kentucky University


Sample Collection Tool for Rapid DNA analysis




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Dr. Christopher Lennon

Dr. Christopher Lennon

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Dr. David Wood (The Ohio State University)

Institution: Murray State University


Engineering of a novel self-cleaving intein tag for protein purification


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Dr. Kouroush Jenab

Dr. Kouroush Jenab

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: n/a

Institution: Morehead State University


Virtual Reality STEM and Workforce Training Platforms




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