ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech Finalists Announced

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at the second annual ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition taking place on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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The ACC InVenture Prize is an innovation competition in which teams of undergraduates representing each ACC university pitch their inventions or businesses before a live audience and a panel of judges. Teams will compete for $30,000 in prizes and a chance to be the next ACCIP winner. Virginia Tech teams will deliver a 3-minute pitch in Blacksburg on November 2, and the winning team will represent Virginia Tech at the ACC InVenture Prize competition in Atlanta in March 2017, broadcast live on television and streamed online.

The five Virginia Tech student teams competing for the grand prize include:

  • BioactiVT (Andy Cohen, Ahmad Edrees, Angad Verma, David Hall, Eddie Krutyanskiy, Elan Ahronovich, Eryney Marrogi, Ethan Hodges, Gavin Vess, Gina Muan, Harrison Lavery, Jay Pennington, Kevin Dennis, Lan Le, Lucy Epshteyn, Mishu Barua, Sarah Adam, Sarah Sandquist, Skyler Grunberg, and Travis Swann): Tempo is a solar-powered pulse oximeter designed to improve medical monitoring in low-resource settings such as developing regions.
  • DESA (Anusha Kumar, Srikar Manjuluri, Alyssa Bushhouse, Stephen Lynn, Loukas Valaes, Jonathan Briganti, and Brian Elliott): DESA is a platform application for smart devices, tablets, and computers that houses multiple modules to assess mental well-being and securely integrates with the existing hospital electronic health records.
  • Dough 4 Degrees (Danielle Jeffers): Dough 4 Degrees has been teaching students how to earn scholarships and graduate debt-free since January of 2016. We are pivoting to simplify the scholarship process for applicants through a scholarship tracking app. It will make it easier to track your success and communicate with your team of editors, recommenders, and resources.
  • Exercise Experience (David Thames and Noah Miller): Making virtual reality exercising enjoyable and affordable. Using our cheap DIY bike rig, a smartphone, and crowdsourced 360-degree videos collected from our partners and motivated users, users can virtually bike through adventurous trails and exotic locations from the comfort of their home.
  • Tech Wound Solutions (Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Kimberly Wyluda, and Elisabeth Rebholz): Tech Wound Solutions aims to bring better health care to patients with chronic wounds by implementing an innovative solution. This new form of treatment involves reforming the way you look at active care.

Teams that applied for the ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition will also be automatically entered into the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals competition on April 12, 2017, to compete for $15,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to face global contenders on a world stage next summer for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com. VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust Company, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool, Rackspace, Shentel,SimulTV, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg,Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., andWordsprint.

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