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Seven innovative projects receive funding through the KCV IMPACT Competition.

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures is pleased to announce the 2023 winners of the 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.

This year, entries were received from all KCV partner institutions: Eastern Kentucky University, KCTCS, Kentucky State University, Morehead University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University. Winners will receive up to $25,000 for their institution to bring their innovations to life.


Learn more about the winners and their innovative projects below or during the KCV IMPACT Competition Virtual Demo Day on May 19, 12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT. Learn more and register for the Demo Day.


Meet the 2023 KCV IMPACT Award Winners


First Place Winners - $25,000 Each


Gill Finley

Gill Finley

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Dr. Theoneste Nzaramyimana

Institution: Kentucky State University


Increasing Access of Fresh Produce in West Louisville Food Desert Areas Through Sustainable Production

Read more about the winning innovation.



Dr. Chris Lennon

Dr. Chris Lennon

Institution: Murray State University


Chromatography-free Thermostable Protein Purification

Read more about the winning innovation.




Runner-Up - $15,000

Dr. Zeel Maheshwari

Dr. Zeel Maheshwari

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Andrea Cardenas Echavarria

Institution: Northern Kentucky University


Development of Cost Optimization tool for Smart Integrated Renewable Energy System (SIRES)

Read more about the winning innovation.


Runners-Up - $10,000 Each

Dr.  Kevin Miller

Dr. Kevin Miller

Co-Inventors / Collaborators: Dr. David Salas-de la Cruz, Rutgers University-Camden

Institution: Murray State University


Flexible Electronics and Sensors from Ion-containing Polysaccharides

Read more about the winning innovation.


Dr. Mahdi Yazdanpour

Dr. Mahdi Yazdanpour

Institution: Northern Kentucky University


Development of a Gesture-based American Sign Language (ASL) Translation System


Read more about the winning innovation.



Dr. Sherif Rashad

Dr. Sherif Rashad

Institution: Morehead State University


An Innovative System for Real-Time Translation of American Sign Language using Machine Learning


Read more about the winning innovation.


Runner-Up - $5,000

Eric Wooldridge

Eric Wooldridge

Institution: KCTCS, Somerset Community College


Life-Tags: Embedded Smart Chip Technology in 3D Printed Applications


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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