Students, postdoctoral fellows, or community members
One-time awards totaling up to $5,000 will be distributed via award competitions in both fall and spring semesters, to the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) students, postdoctoral fellows, or community members for the successful design and development of working product prototypes that have high potential to move toward commercialization. The award is open to individuals and teams who have developed a minimum viable product-service-system through CU Denver and/or CU Anschutz.
This award champions the development of innovative solutions that address the world’s most challenging problems. Each fall and spring semester, the Lewis family will award $2,000 (taxes will apply) to the creator(s) of working product prototype ready to move toward commercialization. The award is open to individuals and teams who have developed a product, good, or service in collaboration with a CU Denver and/or CU Anschutz program. A brief application along with a business plan, slide deck, and video are required to be eligible for the Make It Matter award.
This award provides $500 to stand-out individuals and teams with strong product concepts or initial prototypes each fall and spring semester, intended to incentivize continued development on early designs and progress toward a minimum viable product.
Facehugger - Abby Krohn, Daniel Rodriguez, Inworks I CU Denver
Dynamic Forceps - Brandon Manusov, Dr. Maria Albuja-Cruz, Monika Wittig, Inworks (CU Anschutz)
Epidural Hematoma - Dr. Alexis Cralley, Inworks (CU Denver)
Smart Desk System - Connor Wilson, CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing
Five Points to Five Notes - Ryan Breuer, CU Denver Comcast Media and Technology Center
Other submissions receiving judge’s recognition as excellent innovations:
Robotic Vehicle Sensor Placement System - Ariel LaFuente, CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing Capstone
Bleuth - Dr. Laing He, CU Denver CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing
A Cognitive Vaccine for Perioperative Anxiety - Marie Evans, Inworks (CU Denver)
Wearable Stress-Measurement Device - Claire Charlton, CU Denver CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing Capstone
BLOQUE - Saeed Amirchaghmaghi, CU Denver, Design Horizons
Our family is honored to offer these awards because we were inspired by the Inworks tagline, “Make It Matter.” The Inworks community and program is something that our late father, Drew, and our late Aunt Nancy would have loved, encouraged and embraced. We have been guided by the memory of these two family members to encourage others to be who they are, enjoy everything they do, and make a difference within their community. The legacy they left with us was to make the lives of others easier by always being there to help and to make our work kind and impactful. Even though they're not with us today, the two Lewis Family Awards will honor our father and our aunt by sharing their spirit of encouraging meaningful progress in the world.