World's Richest and Largest Student Startup Competition - April 5-7, 2018

Past Competitors

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The top six finalists in the 2013 :

SiNode Systems

SiNode Systems
Northwestern University

Grand prize, Total value - $911,400.

SiNode Systems is a battery materials company developing silicon graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes offer 10X higher battery capacity and a 10X decrease in charging time compared with current technology.

The grand prize includes:

  • $350,000—Investment Prize from The GOOSE Society of Texas
  • $100,000—OWL Investment Prize
  • $100,000—Technology Award from Opportunity Houston and Greater Houston Partnership
  • $100,000—Mercury Fund Tech Transfer Investment Prize
  • $100,000—Department of Energy Cash Prize
  • $50,000—Trailblazer Capital Start-up Entrepreneur Investment Prize
  • $10,000—Edward H. Molter Memorial Prize for Best Presentation
  • One year of incubation services at the Houston Technology Center and year of computing support provided by 1-Service ($35,000)
  • Marketing and design services provided by BrandExtract and The Padgett Group ($25,000)
  • Web site development and hosting services for one year provided by ContentActive ($30,000)
  • Treasury services provided by Bank of America ($5,000)
  • Dun & Bradstreet Credit Builder Prize ($1,398)
  • Business Plan software provided by Palo Alto Software
  • Opportunity to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Market in New York
BriteSeed, LLC

BriteSeed, LLC

Second place and $273,000.

BriteSeed, LLC is a medical device company that has established its SafeSnips platform technology around intraoperative blood vessel detection and real-time analytics.

  • $100,000—Investment Prize from The GOOSE Society of Texas
  • $100,000—Life Science Technology Award from Opportunity Houston and Greater Houston Partnership
  • $20,000—NASA Earth/Space Life Science Innovation Award
  • $15,000—2nd place cash Prize, Fingers Investments
  • $3,000—Best Life Science Award, Essex Woodlands
  • One year of incubation services at the Houston Technology Center and year of computing support provided by 1-Service ($35,000)
VOC Diagnostics

VOC Diagnostics
University of Louisville

Third place and $7,500.

VOC Diagnostics has developed a lung cancer diagnostic device that can detect the presence of lunch cancer through the capture and analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a patient’s breadth. Over 3 years and $1,000,000 have been spent developing the patent pending technology that will make VitaLung, the new gold standard in early diagnosis for lung cancer screening.

  • $7,500—Overall winner - 3rd
  • $1,398—Overall winner - 3rd - Dun and Broadstreet
Owlet Baby Monitors

Owlet Baby Monitors
Brigham Young University

Fourth place and $5,000.

Owlet Baby Monitors has developed a new medical device to prevent SIDS fatalies in babies by improved home monitoring of heart rate, oxygen levels, and breathing using new wireless technology connected to parent’s smartphones.

  • $5,000—Overall winner - 4th
  • $1,398—Overall winner - 4th - Dun and Broadstreet

University of Cambridge, England

Fifth place and $24,000.

Based on the cutting-edge research from the University of Cambridge, AQDOT has developed a low-cost process for microencapsulation, a multi-billion-per-annum industry with established applications in household and personal care, food and agrochemical markets. AQDOT can produce inexpensive capsules while preserving the activity of bio-macromolecules, which can be triggered to release on-demand.

  • $20,000—Courageous Women Entrepreneur Award
  • $4,000—Overall winner - 5th
  • $1,398—Overall winner - 5th - Dun and Broadstreet

The University of Chicago

Sixth place and $102,000.

MouseHouse has developed best practice software to enable scientists in industry and research institutions to save time and money in managing the millions of laboratory animals that are key assets to discovery, testing, and deployment of medical advances.

  • $150,000—OWL Investment Award
  • $3,000—Best Sales & Digital Marketing Business Plan
  • $3,000—Overall winner - 6th
  • $1,398—Overall winner - 6th - Dun and Broadstreet
  • $1,000—Best Elevator Pitch - 1st

Winners of Other Major Prizes include:

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AGcerez Chulalongkorn University, Thailand  
Akiba Cooking Solutions Colorado State University  
AME University of British Columbia, Canada  
AQDOT University of Cambridge, England  
Bearing Analytics Purdue University  
Big Science Stanford University  
Bit Harmonics Harvard University  
BriteSeed LLC Northwestern University  
CellCap Therapeutics Ltd. King's College London, England  
Disease Diagnostic Group Case Western Reserve University  
EEme Carnegie Mellon University  
Effortless Energy University of Chicago  
Enkinta Energy University of Southern California  
EverFile Systems University of Illinois at Chicago  
Excalibur Harvard University and Technical University Kosice, Slovakia  
FlashFlood LLC Arizona State University  
Invironment LLC Brigham Young University  
Kaffeination University of Manchester, England  
Manifest Diagnostics University of Oklahoma  
Medical Informatics Corp. Rice University  
Mesdi Systems Inc. University of Central Florida  
MouseHouse University of Chicago  
mPOSbooks University of Virginia  
MuPor Technologies University of Idaho  
NanoNET Boston College  
Navillum Nanotechnologies LLC University of Utah  
Onco Filter Ohio State University  
Owlet Baby Monitors Brigham Young University  
PathoS Johns Hopkins University  
Picasolar Northeastern University  
Quad Technologies LLC Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
Rose Energy University of Oklahoma  
Saranas Rice University  
Seismos University of Texas  
SensorHound Innovations Purdue University  
SiNode Systems Northwestern University    
SnapShop Chinese University of Hong Kong, China  
Takachar Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
TaraFresh Thammasat University, Thailand  
Vitalnx Vanderbilt University  
VOC Diagnostics University of Louisville  

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