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2010 Innovators of the Year Award Presented by Virginia Inventors Forum

May 6, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

The Virginia Inventors Forum (VIF) had over thirty (30) submissions from Virginia businesses for the 2010 Innovator of the Year Award.  VIF will present the 2010 Innovator of the Year Award during the 13th Annual Hampton Roads Technology Night to be held on May 6, 2010 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.   VIF extends appreciation to the Hampton Roads Technology Council for allowing VIF to partner with HRTC and others during Tech Night.  For more information on Tech Night and HRTC, please visit

And, now for the winners. . .

Second Place Finalists (there was a tie and these are presented in no particular order)

  • Leonard W. Winchester, Jr., PH.D. and Nee-Yin Chou from CW Optics, “Optical Imaging Blood Circulation Velocities” (Seaford, VA)
  • Troy H. Lapetina from The Nathan Group, “Rapid Access Tool-Armored Vehicle Rescue and Breaching Other Ballistically Protected Spaces” (Williamsburg/James City County, VA)

First Place Winner:

  • Christina J. Snyder and Timothy J. Ladison from Aseptic Technologies, LLC, inventing the “Polymer Operating Room Transparent Storage (PORTS)” (Williamsburg/James City County, VA)

For excellence and dedication to supporting inventors, VIF also presented a 2010 Volunteer Achievement Award to:

  • Dick Gibson (Williamsburg/James City County, VA).

VIF congratulates everyone on a job well done and believes that the intellect, talent and drive of each inventor enables growth for businesses in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia.

For more information about VIF, please visit

America’s Next Great Inventor Video Contest – $100,000 Award

April 4, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates 

Are you America’s next great inventor? Have you successfully launched a business or created a new product? Are you generating new jobs to boost the economy? If you have a great story to tell or idea to share, we want to hear it! Make your idea come to life by shooting a 3-minute video explaining what free enterprise means to you by April 9. Any digital video camera will do, be it low-end or professional quality. Provide a virtual tour of your big plans or get some friends together to tell your free enterprise story. Please visit the American Free Enterprise website to read the terms and conditions and frequently asked questions for detailed information on the contest.

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 9, at 6 p.m. EDT. Upload your video to your YouTube account and insert the keyword tags as required by the terms and conditions. In addition, don’t forget to include the statement – “My name is (name). I am Free Enterprise.” Then you’re ready to authenticate your YouTube account and compete for the prizes! You will be directed to, where you must grant access to your account. You will then be returned to the American Free Enterprise website to submit your final application.

In order for your video to move onto the next round and be eligible for the $50,000 grand prize, it must be among the top 25 most-viewed videos in the contest. The most innovative, compelling, creative stories will garner the most views. Since viewership is critical, promote your video entry by sending your video to your friends and family! Use e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets and let everyone know that you need them to watch your YouTube video by April 16 to make the top 25.
This could be you!

Submit your entry and encourage your friends to watch. The top 25 most viewed videos will be eligible to win!

Virginia Inventors Forum Application for 2010 Innovator of the Year Award

March 13, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles, Press release 

The Virginia Inventors Forum is seeking applications from independent inventors and small businesses for its 2010 Innovator of the Year Award.   The Virginia Inventors Forum (VIF) will present its 2010 Innovator of the Year Award at Hampton Roads Technology Council (HRTC) Tech Night on May 6, 2010.  VIF seeks to educate and support innovative businesses and inventors from conception to commercialization.  If you or someone you know is interested in being evaluated for the award, then please read the attached application, fill out, and return to VIF Innovation Application for Award

Please note that the judges evaluating the Virginia Inventors Forum applications are not affiliated with the Virginia Inventors Forum and seek to promote fair and ethical evaluations in considering the applications.

For more information about the Virginia Inventors Forum, please visit