Thank you for the overwhelming participation from across the globe. We received more than 50 strong entries. The 10 finalists selected presented high quality pitches. In the words of the judging committee: “we almost never see a competition where all presentations exhibit such high quality of preparation, analytical rigor, and discipline. And also a high degree of social consciousness.”.
The final round was held at the 2016 Leadership Conference on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.
- First Prize Winner ($15,000): igrenEnergi, Inc.
- Second Prize Winner ($5,000): Admetsys
- Audience Choice Award ($3,000): Innovision
Novel artificial pancreas (automated blood glucose control) for hospital and surgical care that improves health outcomes and health economics through high-tech automation.
AMProtection will license a broadly-active antimicrobial coating to urinary catheter manufacturers that will combat antibiotic resistance and reduce gold standard antibiotic use to fight infection. Per 10,000 coated catheters sold, we reduce 80% of CAUTIs, 200 patient hospital days, and tens of millions of dollars in never event expenses. We enter the medical implant market with an FDA Class II device, but this platform technology has wide-ranging applications. Our patent-pending technology for surface- tethered antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) creates a strong competitive advantage.
|Vantage Medical Imaging|
The patent-pending X-Vue platform uses a 3-D sensing camera with augmented reality and computer vision algorithms to improve patient safety during X-ray exams. The software displays ordered body part thickness, position and motion in real time to optimize radiation dose and reduce repeat rates. We are the first company in this arena with no competitors. Our first product is focused on improving digital radiography and we are currently developing a second product focused on fluoroscopy guided interventional procedures.
Building India’s first sexual healthcare platform offering discreet services to the users by a team of credible experts.
|igrenEnergi, Inc. |
igrenEnergi develops products for transforming the economic viability of solar and energy storage. Our products are built using our ground-breaking and patented Energy Packetization architecture. We are seeing strong customer demand for our first released product, the Solar Optimizer, from the largest renewable energy company in India, a rooftop IPP from Singapore, and a customer in Japan, among others.
The cost of solar has plummeted such that participating households can now money on their electricity bills, yet 80 percent of America is still locked out of the solar market because they cannot install panels on their own roof. Solstice provides community-shared solar power to these households and taps into viral networks to radically expand the market for clean energy.
|Embryyo Bio-Microdevices Private Limited|
Blood serum or plasma forms the basis of numerous diagnostic assays, however its use is limited in the context of point-of-care diagnostics because of the need for laboratory-bound centrifugation operated by trained personnel. Embryyo Bio-Microdevices is developing PlasMetrix, disposable attachments to conventional syringes which take a few milli-litres of whole blood as input and produce micro-liters of plasma at the point of care for downstream diagnostics. Our vision is to make high quality diagnostics more affordable and accessible to large populations, and we are making it possible through our proprietary patent-pending microfluidic blood cell-plasma separation technology platform.
|Takachar Limited (Safi Organics)|
In many rural areas, post-harvest agricultural waste is being burned by farmers not because it does not have any value, but because it costs too much to transport this loose, bulky, and wet waste over long distances to be converted into useful products. We are developing low-cost reactor units that can be latched onto back of tractors/donkey carts and that can perform decentralized and on-site conversion of such waste from farm to farm, thereby eliminating the long-distance transportation costs. Our product, a carbon-negative fertilizer, improves local farmers' yields by up to 30%.
|TravelSee LLC |
TravelSee uses streamlined data analytics to improve target marketing and event programming outcomes for museums and cultural institutions.
|Innovision (Inceptor Technologies Pvt. Ltd)|
Our device BrailleMe is a refreshable electronic Braille device which enables a blind user to access digital content on their devices - computer, smart phone, tablet, SD card in Braille via electro-mechanically moving Braille cells for reading and Braille keypad for typing on our hardware.
We thank our judges for their time and evaluations at the conference.
- Praveen Sahay, Managing Director, Wave Equity Partners
- Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, Mass Ventures
- Dr. Abi Barrow, Interim Executive Director, University of Massachusetts, Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures
- Subu Kota, Chairman, The Boston Group
- Ganapathi (G.P), CEO, Terminal
- Jaymin Patel, CEO, Brightstar Corporation
Lecture by Dr. Barret Hazeltine: ‘Can Entrepreneurship be taught?’
Dr. Barret Hazeltine’s legendary lectures on engineering management and Entrepreneurship draws crowds of hundreds of students at Brown university. He talked about ‘Can Entrepreneurship be taught?’ in his unique style where he raised a bunch of questions rather than providing cookie cutter answers – to enable young minds to think.
We also extend our sincere thanks to the following individuals whose tremendous help in all aspects of the Business plan competition made this a successful event.
Business Plan Competition Team Leader
Principal Display Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Advisor to the Business Plan Competition Team
Dr. Vivek Soni
Managing Partner, Boston Cleantech
Managing Director, TiE Angels Boston
Moderator of the Business Plan Competition
Professor Mahesh Joshi
Director of Research & Practice, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor of Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship, School of Business – George Mason University
The Business Plan Committee members
- Sheetal Laad
- Dr. Kapeeleshwar Krishana
- Harish Batlapenumarthy,
- Manish Kulkarni
- Sanjay Vankudre
Preliminary Round Reviewers
- Barrett Hazeltine
- Chetan Vinchhi
- Jaisree Moorthy
- Jawahar Tembulkar
- Parag Mehta
- Ramesh Advani
- Ravi Mistry
- Sangha Mitra
- Suresh Damodaran
- Vivek Badami
- Anuradha Rao
- (In addition to the Business Plan Committee Members),