The 6th Annual GW Business Plan Competition finals were held yesterday. 113 entries were submitted in the first round and eventually ten teams made it to the finals. Six of these ten teams were either entirely SEAS faculty and students or included SEAS students. I am happy to report that we did very well (please see below). Congratulations to these teams, their mentors and to everyone who participated. Thank you, David Dolling
BitGrid* , with team members Volker Sorger (asst professor in ECE), Charles Taylor SEAS BS ’15 and Justin Hyde CCAS BA ’15 and mentored by Wendolyn Holland won 3 prizes. They were:
2nd place overall ($15,000 prize)
Blank Rome’s Best Undergraduate Prize ($10,000)
A “We-Work”, 6 month membership in an incubator (worth $12,000)
Small Spacecraft Micropropulsion**, with team members Michael Keidar (professor in MAE), Samudra Haque SEAS PhD ’14, George Teel SEAS MS ’14, and Cameron Parvini SEAS BS ’14 and mentored by Dr. Randy Graves (SEAS National Advisory Council immediate past chair) won 4th place overall (prize of $5000).
Pedal Forward ***, with team members Jeffrey Birenbaum SEAS BS ’14, Chris Deschenes GWSB BBA ’12, Elizabeth Hubler SEAS BS ’14 and Matthew Wilkins SEAS MS ’14 and mentored by Kerri Murphy won two prizes.
GWupstart’s Best For-Profit Social Venture (prize of $7500)
Capital One Bank’s Best Sustainable Technology Prize (prize of $5000)
*BitGrid offers software solutions for distributed generation management to build a smarter grid and a more efficient country
**Small Spacecraft Propulsion provides low power and low mass electric propulsion solutions for small satellites
*** PedalForward’s mission is to create sustainable solutions to ill health and poverty through the manufacture, sale and use of bamboo bicycles
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
The Marvin Center – Grand Ballroom
Visit the Commencement Fair from March 25th – 29th at the GW Bookstore and take care of all of your Commencement needs. For more information, visithttp://commencement.gwu.edu/commencement-fair-2014.
Tuesday, April 1, 2-3 pm
Marvin Center 302
Do you have research or an invention that you think can make a difference in the world, or do you want to be part of a team that brings it to market?
If so, attend our information session on the National Science Foundation (NSF) and DC I-Corps programs during the GW Research Days 2014 to learn more from previous participants, Prof. Nan Zhang and Graduate Student Ben Holmes, as well as Jim Chung, co-Principal Investigator for the DC I-Corps Node and Executive Director of the GW Office of Entrepreneurship.
GW, along with University of Maryland and Virginia Tech, has been awarded $3.75M by the NSF to train, coach, and accelerate university researchers (professors, post-docs, and graduate students) and MBA students (course credit may be available) in commercializing high technology and life sciences research and inventions. Both programs are completely free, with grants of $2,000-50,000 available for eligible participants. The NSF I-Corps program is run several times per year at various I-Corps Nodes around the country. Applications are submitted through the NSF. The DC I-Corps program is run two times per year, and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis at http://www.dcicorps.org.
Learn more at our information session. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or tweet us @GWInnovate.