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Calling all inventors: Cade Museum seeks next great idea with ‘Cade Prize for Innovation’

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:27 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Cade Museum is looking for the next great idea as part of their Cade Prize for Innovation competition.

The application doesn’t require a prototype just an idea. It’s inspired by Dr. Cade’s invention of Gatorade and has brought a variety of ideas to life over the years, according to Museum Executive Director Stephanie Bailes.

“Oftentimes these cade prize ideas, early-stage ideas, take five to ten years to come to market but what we’re now seeing in our 12th year is these ideas are starting to make it out into the marketplace,” said Bailes. “We call it a pathway to commercialization and you cant take that for granted.”

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This year the competition is open to Florida, Georgia, and Alabama inventors with hopes of it eventually becoming a national prize.

“If you can imagine, you can create and you can invent. We would suggest you don’t sit on your ideas,” said Bailes. “We suggest you try and you iterate, you may fail but share your ideas with those around you. Who knows, you may end up changing the world.”

50,000 dollars worth of prizes will be awarded to finalists. The deadline to apply is August 2. Click here to apply.

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