New in 2015–Online Invention Submission

The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition is proud to introduce online invention entry this year.  The deadline for entry is Feb. 1, 2015.  To submit online, go to  After creating a login and student profile you may submit as many inventions as you like and upload your prototype images and/or drawings.   For a tutorial on how to submit online please see the screen-shots below:


Only One Month Left to Submit Invention Entries

The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition deadline for entries is Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:00 PM.  The competition is open to students kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties.    Entry forms are available on our website.  Every entry wins a pass to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Top inventors are eligible for thousands in cash and prizes.


Here are just some of our past top inventions:

IMG00050-20090318-1812 2009:  Scratch pad for dogs that damage doors.
20100212_InnovCup_0048 2010:  A magnetic apparatus that picks up pins and staples then safely releases them.  U.S. Patent. 8641112.
IMG_0904b 2011:  A dog drying suit.  U.S. Patent 8371246.
20120210_USF_Young_Innovators_Competition_0230 2012:  A UV-light box for disinfecting sponges.
20130211_2013_Young_Innovators_Competition_0184 2013:  A sifter for cereal.
2014-Young-Innovator 338 2014:  Glow in the dark socks.

USF Young Innovator Finalist Medals

This year the University of South Florida is proud to introduce custom, one-of-a-kind medals for the ten (10) selected finalists selected February 4, 2015 by the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

2015 Finalist Medals - USF Young Innovator Competition

These are substantial, premium-grade awards that reflect the intellectual and creative accomplishments of this competition’s top young inventors.  In addition to the medals, the top ten (10) finalists will win annual family passes to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, gifts from HSN and a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and another $1,000 for their school.  The deadline for entry is February 1, 2015.   Entry forms are available online.

Suncoast Credit Union Sponsors Competition

Suncoast Credit Union FoundationThe University of South Florida welcomes Suncoast Credit Union as a Platinum Sponsor to the 6th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition.  Suncoast Credit Union founded the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to benefit sick children and their families and to support educational initiatives like the Young Innovator program. The foundation is a vehicle for Suncoast to support the communities they serve and help the people who live here. Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has raised and donated over $7 million dollars to help provide a better future for the children of our community.