By: Grace Zhang | February 6, 2020


Started as a concept in 2019, Topical Prize Awards recognize Diamond Challenge semifinalist teams that have shown significant promise and excellence in a particular field of entrepreneurial capacity. All Topical Prize Awards are sponsored by innovative companies that have an invested interest in leveraging the Diamond Challenge to promote their company’s global corporate and social responsibility efforts. These Topical Prize Sponsors provide an award for both the Business Innovation and Social Innovation track. Each Topical Prize Award has a $1500 value per prize. Students utilize the funds as venture funding or for personal use.

W.L. Gore & Associates is a materials science company focused on discovery, product innovation and rewarding careers for Associates. Founders Bill and Vieve Gore started W. L. Gore & Associates in the basement of their home in 1958. Over half a century later, the company continues to deliver quality service and provide in-depth technical advice to help its customers make their dreams a reality. Giving a brief glance at their impressive list of accolades, W. L. Gore & Associates certainly lives up to its expectations:

  • By using proprietary technologies with the versatile polymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Gore has created numerous products for medical implants; fabric laminates; and cable, filtration, sealant, membrane, venting and fiber technologies for diverse industries.
  • Gore has been granted more than 5,500 patents worldwide in a wide range of fields, including electronics, medical devices and polymer processing.
  • More than 45 million innovative Gore medical devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide.
  • Gore has offices in more than 25 countries, with manufacturing operations in the U.S., Germany, United Kingdom, China and Japan.
The Gore Innovation Excellence Award is presented to teams that best represent the application of technology to improving lives.
We are so excited to see what kinds of innovative products or services our semifinalists come up with and wish all the teams good luck in developing their respective ventures. See you at the Summit!


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