NEWS: 2019 New Venture Competition Winners

The New Venture Competition, hosted by the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, in partnership with UCI Beall Applied Innovation, announced the winners at an event Wednesday.

Finalists pitched their business ideas to investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders, competing for over $100,000 in awards.

The annual competition is open to all UCI students, staff, researchers and community members who have a concept for a startup. 

The Tech Surge track of the competition is sponsored by UCI Beall Applied Innovation. It’s a specialized award track that focuses on the commercialization of UCI-generated innovations by providing additional prize money and support resources to teams who use UCI IP as a core element of their business plans.

Social Enterprise:

1st Place: $10,000

VolunteerCrowd: Mobile app and SaaS solution that creates substantial values for students, volunteer organizations, and whoever screens the student applications, e.g., colleges and employers.

2nd Place: $5,000

giv: Integrates with social platforms for more effective and targeted user outreach and manages frictionless transactions between nonprofits and donors.

Life Sciences:

1st Place: $10,000

ELF Therapeutics: Electrochemical lipolisis body contouring procedure that can be used for specific areas such as abdominal etching.

2nd Place: $5,000

Embryologic: Imaging device that is non-invasive and offers quantitative and real-time information about metabolism at each stage during development.

Business Products and Services:

1st Place: $10,000

UniSAFE:Uses the locations of registered sex offenders and risky locations to provide students with directions, alerts when danger is nearby, and updates to parents and close friends.

2nd Place: $5,000

JiFFAL: A B2B competition management platform that helps competition organizers boost their participation rate and increase the value of the competition.

Consumer Services:

1st Place: $10,000

myHealthToday: A patient-centric service that empowers seniors to manage their health.

2nd Place: $5,000 -TIE!

Curbd: Peer-to-peer marketplace that connects people looking for parking with people who have parking to share.

SwappIt: A trusted marketplace of authentic streetwear with distributed authentication that builds a community of customers and shops.

Consumer Products:

1st Place: $10,000

Poo Pal: Encourages responsible dog walking by offering dog owners a hands-free device that holds used poo bags for them on walks.

2nd Place: $5,000

Steth n’ Go: A magnetic stethoscope holder that is an innovative and simple way carrying your stethoscope.

Tech Surge: (Teams who use UCI intellectual property as a core element of their business plan)

1st Place: $10,000

ELF Therapeutics:Electrochemical lipolisis body contouring procedure that can be used for specific areas such as abdominal etching.

2nd Place: $5,000

P-FLAPs:Small, light medical devices consisting of a projector and camera ensemble that will allow surgeons to choose and place a stencil on a patient through a projection controlled by our app.

Specialty Prize: Win the Future Award: (Teams that want to commercialize in China or enter the China market.)

1st Place: $4,000

CenSyn: An ultra-portable pocket sized EEG pen capable of ultra fast recording and displaying of brain activity in under 2 minutes with clinical grade accuracy and precision.

2nd Place: $3,000

Embryologic: Imaging device that is non-invasive and offers quantitative and real-time information about metabolism at each stage during development.

NOWA Innovations: A non-invasive IoT device that helps doctors and patients optimize the treatment of asthma and COPD by monitoring consumption of inhaled medicine in real-time, allowing physicians to customize treatment and preventing patients from overdosing and underdosing their medications.

3rd Place: $1,000

Smart Real Estate Signs: Interactive digital signs for real estate.

NanoCurv:Device that promotes healthy cell growth and kills infectious bacteria and fungus, leading to better patient outcomes for corneal blindness.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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