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

Past Competitors

...What's your pitch...

The top six finalists in the 2015 :

KiLife Tech

KiLife Tech
Brigham Young University

Grand prize with a total value of $588,000.

KiLife Tech developed the Kiband, a smartband for parents concerned about keeping track of young children in crowded public spaces.

The grand prize includes:

  • $250,000+ Investment Prize from The GOOSE Society of Texas
  • $250,000+ OWL Investment Prize
  • $50,000 from TMCx Accelerator
  • $25,000 Technology Award from Opportunity Houston and Greater Houston Partnership
  • Marketing and design services provided by BrandExtract and The Padgett Group ($25,000)
  • Website development and hosting services for one year provided by ContentActive ($30,000)
  • Treasury services provided by Bank of America ($5,000)
  • Business Plan software provided by Palo Alto Software
  • Opportunity to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Market in New York
  • In addition, the team will receive more than $150,000 in services
Inscope Medical Solutions

Inscope Medical Solutions
University of Louisville

Second place and $73,000, awarded by one of the sponsors of the first in 2001, Finger Interests.

Leveraging 35 years of combined experience in the health care industry, Inscope Medical developed an innovative laryngoscope that integrates several devices into one to improve patient outcomes for airway intubation.

  • $50,000—$25,000 TMC|X Accelerator Prize
  • $35,000—Courageous Women Entrepreneur - #3
  • $25,000—$25,000 Healthcare & Life Science Prize
  • $15,000—Overall winner - 2nd
  • $8,000—Pearland Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Carnegie Mellon University

Third place and $162,500

Hyliion is creating an add-on hybrid module for tractor trailers that can reduce fuel costs by over 30 percent. Its product is intended to improve the driver’s quality of life as well as reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

  • $80,000—SURGE Ventures Accelerator Prize
  • $50,000—DOE Best Clean Tech Prize
  • $15,000—Wells Fargo Clean Tech Prize
  • $10,000—Shell Tech Ventures Energy Prize #1
  • $7,500—Overall winner - 3rd
Veritas Medical

Veritas Medical
University of Utah

Fourth place and $137,100.

Veritas Medical is a medical device company that has developed a groundbreaking technology using light to sterilize medical devices and prevent hospital-acquired infections.

  • $100,000—Mercury Fund $100K Tech Transfer
  • $20,000—NASA Earth/Space Human Health & Performance Innovation
  • $15,000—Health Prize #2
  • $10,000—The $10,000 Edward H. Molter Memorial Prize for Best Presentation
  • $5,000—Overall winner - 4th
  • $1,000—Best Life Science Elevator Pitch
  • $1,000—Best Pitch (Saturday Finals) - Teen
  • $500—Best Elevator Pitch - 5th place


Fifth place and $64,000.

DexMat manufactures high-performance carbon nanotube fibers as a stronger, more flexible and lightweight replacement for old-fashioned metal wires that are currently being used in aerospace cables.

  • $45,000—CASIS ISS National Lab Space Flight Prize
  • $15,000—Heinlein Commercial Space Activity
  • $4,000—Overall winner - 5th

Thammasat University

Sixth place and $31,000.

DexMat manufactures high-performance carbon nanotube fibers as a stronger, more flexible, lightweight replacement for old-fashioned metal wires that are currently being used in aerospace cablesAerox manufactures A-Shield Silica Aerogel, a NASA-grade insulation at only 10 percent of the cost. According to Aerox, their product unlocks an opportunity in building material worth $37 billion.

  • $25,000—Courageous Women Entrepreneur - #1
  • $3,000—Best Written Business Plan
  • $3,000—Overall winner - 6th

Winners of Other Major Prizes include:

Title of Business / Concept Team Leader School Video
6S Medical The University of Utah
AcCell Rice University
ADVANO Tulane University 
Aerox Thammasat University
Airzz Indiana University
AMPY Northwestern University
BioLum Southern Methodist University
Boomalang Vanderbilt University
CalWave University of California Berkeley
CoolFlux Massachusetts Institute of Technology
DexMat Rice University
Driven Analytics University of Oklahoma
Elegus Technologies University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Emreso Northwestern University
Enlightened Diagnostics University of Notre Dame
Fluency Lighting Technologies University of California Santa Barbara
Fluid-Screen Yale University
Guardian Sensors The University of Texas at Austin 
Hyliion Carnegie Mellon University
Immersed Games University of Florida
Innsystec RWTH Aachen University
Inscope Medical Solutions University of Louisville
Kegg Apps Drexel University
KiLife Tech Brigham Young University
Lucelo Technologies The University of Texas at Austin
MyHelpster The University of Manchester
Nikola Labs The Ohio State University
Obtainium Stanford University
OsteoViv Harvard University
Pedal Forward The George Washington University
Prepify Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presto Solutions Northwestern University
RelishMBA University of Virginia
Renalert Johns Hopkins University
Resumazing Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sonikure Technology The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Stasis Labs University of Southern California
Tremtex Johns Hopkins University
TriboTEX Washington State University
UroProx Northwestern University
Veritas Medical The University of Utah
WISE Systems Harvard University

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