2017

BUSINESS CONCEPT COMPETITION

1st Place

Winners

Kei and Kotaro Kojima (USA)

Idea

AcoustiGLASS
Wearable acoustic object recognition system designed to increase awareness of the surrounding environment.

2nd Place (TIE)

Winners

***Philip Lee, Julian Davis, Rostam Reifschneider (USA)

Idea

BoltBot
A personal cashier app that allows supermarket customers to scan all of their items, pay for goods ahead of time, and save time in the grocery store.

2nd Place (TIE)

Winners

***Aditya Ganapathi, David Hou (USA)

Idea

PromElle
The first peer to peer marketplace for teen girls to rent and lend party wear amongst each other right from their smart phones.

 

SOCIAL VENTURE COMPETITION

1st Place

Winners

Haley Catton, Isabella Liu, Stash Pomichter, Andrew Yates (USA)

Idea

Elix Incubator
A social impact incubator for teen social entrepreneurs that provides services and education on developing business in a sustainable way.

2nd Place

Winners

****Nicole Birkner, Diego Uribe (Costa Rica)

Idea

Voluntu
An online platform that streamlines the organizational process of recording volunteer hours and information.

3rd Place

Winners

Michael Chan, Emily Yu (USA)

Idea

AutumnLeaf
Help individuals raise money and awareness for their non-profit organizations by selling hand-made items at local community events.

2016

BUSINESS CONCEPT COMPETITION

1st Place

Winners

Nathan Wagener, Gabriel Werner (USA)

Idea

Retracta-Ball Pump
A ball pump that allows the needle to retract back into the pump, preventing the needle from being lost or damaged. This aims to save athletes time from last minute needle replacement runs, as well as money.

2nd Place

Winners

Philip Lee, Julian Davis, Rostam Reifschneider (USA)

Idea

Polar Solis
A windshield that diffracts sun glare by adjusting color and brightness to counteract the fluctuation in levels of UV light.

3rd Place

Winners

Aditya Ganapathi, David Hou (USA)

Idea

Notifica
A unique security company that offers two products: one to address women’s safety and another to revolutionize the in-home monitoring assets.

 

SOCIAL VENTURE COMPETITION

1st Place

Winners

Ludmila Zgurean, Vladlen Grecu, Daniela Tihon, and Victoria Bradescu (Moldova)

Idea

Retracta-Ball Pump
A website where migrant workers from Moldova can find and pay local youth helpers to assist elderly family members with chores, solving two problems: youth unemployment and the impact of migration on family left behind.

2nd Place

Winners

Nicole Birkner, Diego Uribe (Costa Rica)

Idea

Fresquiticos
A service that provides the consumer with a soda that utilizes the benefits and avoids the disadvantages of traditional sodas by blending healthy ingredients such as fruits and agave nectar.

3rd Place

Winners

Michael Chan, Emily Yu (USA)

Idea

MentourU
A web-based service that creates a network of college students, allowing high school seniors moving onto higher education to ask for genuine advice, information regarding their major, or simply about student life on campus.

2015

1st Place

Winners

Shreyas Parab, Sriram Hathwar (USA)

Idea

Spell for Success 
Their concept is an app that helps spellers prepare for the National Spelling Bee. It aims to provide spellers with the resources they need to win the highly coveted Scripps National Spelling Bee.

2nd Place

Winners

Jackline Ndungu, Elizabeth Ngure, Margaret Gitau, Margaret Njunguna (Kenya)

Idea

Value Addition for Short-Seasoned Foods
This concept addresses the low profits in agricultural businesses that has led to inadequate food supply, as farmers opt for other types of crops. They aim to increase profitability by adding value to short-season foods.

3rd Place

Winners

Eva Dickerson, Felix Munther, Kierian Prince (USA)

Idea

Enkel Tech
Enkel Tech is an app development company that provides users with crowdsourced wait times to local restaurants.

Social Impact

Winners

Evelina Bunici, Ludmilla Zgurean, Maria Mogildea (Moldova)

Idea

Modern Reflections
Modern Reflections creates cool, comfortable, everyday clothing and accessories with the added benefit of reflectivity. The pieces can be seen up to 70 meters away at night, which helps prevent pedestrian traffic accidents. They also support families whose lives have been heavily impacted by these accidents.

2014

1st Place

Winners

Devon O’Dwyer, Payas Parab, Raylin Xu (USA)

Idea

Virtual Tutors
An interactive, online tutoring program to be sold to private schools that connects high-achieving students and students seeking extra support within a school.

2nd Place

Winners

Andreas Elterich, Jakub Simacek (USA)

Idea

Second Rate Studios
Second Rate Studios produces a real-time strategy (RTS) video game titled Protect Your Planet that is simple, yet tough to master, similar to chess.

3rd Place

Winners

Tamara Ceaicovschi, Tudor Petrici (Moldova)

Idea

Bike Now
Bike Now is a bike shop on wheels. They will sell, rent, and repair bikes using a van in order to service the remote areas of Moldova. They will also organize bike rides and biking events.

Social Impact

Winners

Brian Mwangi, Michael Wahome, Stephen Otieno, Steve Gitahi (Kenya)

Idea

Huma-Coal
Huma-Coal is a long-burning processed pellets made from human waste. Production of these pellets would offset the deforestation taking place in Kenya, where trees are cut down to make charcoal for heating and cooking.

2013

1st Place

Raven Eyes

Winners

Devin Deloach, Jenna Stevens, Tyler Butler, Emily Nichols (USA)

Idea

Raven Eyes
Raven Eyes offers students professional quality, lab-produced portraits, sports pictures, and student life photos at an affordable price.

2nd Place

BioFlame

Winners

Victor Otieno Omondi Paul, Brian Mburu Mwangi, Mongo Andrew Caezer, Daniel Kioko Kitheka (Kenya)

Idea

Bio Flame: Waste to Wealth 
The team proposed building affordable toilets that feed to a new biogas plant which subsequently supplies energy to new communal kitchens for the community. The initiative would also provide clean water, another scarce basic amenity in Kibera. The proposed project promises proper waste management, eradication of communicable diseases, prevention of food contamination and reduction of environmental pollution, all while creating jobs.

3rd Place (Tie)

BrakeLite

Winners

Jordan Walls, Mark Wortman, Dhruvil Patel (USA)

Idea

BrakeLite
BrakeLite is unlike regular brake lights because they change opacity of the color when more pressure is applied to the brakes. This helps to decrease the amount of car accidents, rather than the simple on and off on cars today.

3rd Place (Tie)

Service with Perks

Winners

Fiona Iyer, Elijah Jabbar-Bey, Emilio Ergueta (USA)

Idea

Service with Perks
Service with Perks matches busy university students with service opportunities that best fit their interests and passions.

3rd Place (Tie)

Winners

Greg Szumel, Chase Conley, Luke Morgan, Roth Johnson (USA)

Idea

Academy
Academy offers a feature-rich web application with a streamlined user interface for students to easily access information they need about courses in their school, all in one place.