The Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award is an international competition created to assist emerging inventors with turning their concepts into reality.
It started back in 2011 as an experiment and has since reached over $850k in prizes over the last four years of operation.
No actual money is exchanged, rather services and publicity are the gain for winners of this award contest. A most recent example is Hush Technology who picked up production services from Proto valued between
$12k-$15k for their new wireless smart earphones.