VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, taking place on March 30, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.
The seven Virginia Tech student teams competing for the grand prize include:
- Aerial Robotics Foundation (Yuan Lin, Dalton Hare, David Jensen, Atul Kumar, Jason Lin, Jonah Orevillo, and Karim Said): Aerial Robotics Foundation (ARF) is a small community of engineering students at Virginia Tech seeking to design and market a multi-configurable and educational multi-rotor UAV platform.
- Biological Systems and Solids (Jacob Cantor): Biological Systems and Solids is a sewage waste to biofuel producer that helps cement kilns save money on fuel, concrete mixers save money on transporting ash, and municipal wastewater systems save money on disposal.
- Haven (Emily Wills, Kirby Emerson, Ruby Kang, Sean Palmer, Chris Dare, Dennis Ahn, and Ashlyn Jenkins): We are Haven. Our goal is to provide peace of mind through wearable technology and a distinct understanding of our market combined with human nature. Haven is inconspicuous and fashion-forward, while providing a faster connection to responders.
- iWaste (Shuai Luo, Katherine Olson, Mohan Qin, and Hayden [Hei Tsun] Tse): The integrated microbial electrolysis cell and forward osmosis (MEC-FO) system can achieve the recovery of valuable resources while treating livestock wastewater. During the treatment process this system can simultaneously recover fresh water, electricity, and ammonia for industrial and agricultural applications.
- Leva (Martin Trapero, Marco Perez-MacCollum, and Guillermo Semidey): Leva is designing a wristband device tailored to help individuals learn and improve new skills through haptic passive feedback. Our product combines neuroscience and wearable technology to provide a new way of learning.
- Park and Diamond, Inc. (Jordan Klein and David Hall): Our mission is simple: to disrupt the cycling industry with revolutionary products to protect both avid cyclists and commuters.
- Yard Mapper (David Evans and Patrick Acker): Yard Mapper tracks trailers and shipping containers at distribution centers significantly reducing the time required to locate trailers while also reducing related penalty fees. The system does not require any extensive infrastructure (including Wi-Fi) and can be installed in a matter of hours.
This year’s prizes include:
- $5,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
- $5,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
- $10,000 – An additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
- $5,000 – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business
For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at [email protected].
VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.
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