Previous Winners

The winners of the 2014-2015 Student Entrepreneurship Venture Competition

 

1st Place: Spinal Singularity –$17,500 in funds + Startup package from Wilson Sonsini ($5K value)

We design connected medical devices that improve the quality of life for people dealing with Spinal Cord Injury and Disease (SCI/D).  Our first product, The Connected Catheter™, is a semi-permanent, minimally invasive solution for people with Neurogenic Bladder.

2nd Place: DoctorNow –$5,000 in funds + Startup package from Wilson Sonsini ($5K value)

DoctorNow utilizes telemedicine to connect patients, located in rural and underserved Skilled Nursing Facilities with limited access to care, to Physician Specialists via live streaming video. The result is greater access, decreased costs, and better outcomes.

3rd Place: CBD Research –$2,500 in funds + Startup package from Wilson Sonsini ($5K value)

The CBD Research Institute harnesses the power of the non-psychoactive medicinal compounds in marijuana, and avoids the legality of marijuana by sourcing those compounds from hemp to create a legal herbal supplement.  CBD Research Institute is a social enterprise that provides the highest quality hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) supplements, and uses a portion of the proceeds to 1) subsidize CBD for those in need, and 2) accelerate research behind CBD by crowdsourcing patient generated health data from CBD users with our mobile app.

 

 

The winners of the 2013-2014 Student Entrepreneurship Venture Competition

1st Place (Tie): MassKnowtify –$10,000 in funds + Startup package from Wilson Sonsini ($5K value)

MassKnowtify is a location-based public alerting platform connecting citizens everywhere with relevant and timely information from local governments, creating more informed and empowered communities.

1st Place (Tie): SonoSpecs –$10,000 in funds + Startup package from Wilson Sonsini ($5K value)

SonoSpecs is developing a software package that uses a head-mounted display to place medical ultrasound imagery in a surgeon’s field of view during common surgical procedures. The product design aims to improve the procedural ergonomics of these surgeries and decrease patient complications. Our flagship product consists of the software package and a third-party head-mounted display, which we modify with additional equipment to provide augmented reality capability and to work with existing ultrasound devices.

3d Place: Wirz Energy –$5,000 in funds + Startup package from Wilson Sonsini ($5K value)

MassKnowtify is a location-based public alerting platform connecting citizens everywhere with relevant and timely information from local governments, creating more informed and empowered communities.

The winners of the 2012-2013 Student Entrepreneurship Venture Competition

1st Place: Neural Analytics – Up to $30,000 in Funding

Bleeding or swelling of the brain due to head trauma can increase the pressure inside a patient’s skull (ICP). Elevated ICP is dangerous and may be fatal if left untreated. The gold standard for measuring ICP requires a neurosurgeon to drill a hole in the patient’s head and screw in a sensor. This procedure is often not performed due to the resources required and associated risks. Recognizing this unmet need, researchers in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery have developed a non-invasive alternative to assess elevated ICP. The technology uses an algorithm and patient database to correlate elevated ICP with an ultrasound measure of blood flow in the brain. Neural Analytics is building RapidICP, a hand-held head trauma screening tool that encapsulates this technology. RapidICP will target a domestic total addressable market of $2B including first responders, the military and various clinical settings. http://www.neuralanalytics.com/

2nd Place: Oncolung – Up to $15,000 in Funding

OncoLung offers a non-invasive, simple blood test that aids in the early diagnosis of lung cancer at relatively low cost. The test is performed by measuring the concentrations of a panel of specific biomarkers in patient’s blood.

3rd Place: VuPad – Up to $5,000 in Funding

VuPad is a mobile augmented reality (MAR) app that enables users to preview name brand furniture scaled-to-size in their own space from the comforts of their home. Using the camera in a tablet, the VuPad app dynamically places high quality 3-D furniture models in the viewing panel so that users can rotate and arrange furniture the way they like in a specific room. http://www.vupad.co/