Participants

Dun & Bradstreet supported business plan competitions at the following schools and organizations during the 2013-2014 school year. Below are past participants and the winners who have achieved top placement in their respective competitions.
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California Institute of Technology

Pyro-E won a prize of $100,000 in CalTech’s FLoW Competition. Led by UC Berkeley students, Pyro-E is developing a solid-state device for waste heat harvesting that is 10-times more powerful and lower cost than existing products.

Pyro-E has been accepted as one of nine “highly promising startups” into the Hawaii Energy Excelerator, a major program supported by the DOE and U.S. Office of Naval Research, and will receive $100,000 non-dilutive funding. Companies are selected based on their technology, potential market, and fit for the Hawaii and Asia Pacific markets. Less than 7% of the applicants are accepted.

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Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization

The inventor of Quincy Boots, in CEO’s National Elevator Pitch Competition, won a prize of $3,500 to fund the company. The inventor found a name for herself in the design world through her successful cowboy boot line with Ariat.

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Chapman University

Simple Mills, won a prize of $70,000 ($35,000 & $35,000 equity eligibility) in Chapman University’s California Dreamin’ Business Plan Competition. Simple Mills, a business idea from The University of Chicago, makes baking mixes that are healthy and delicious!

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University of Chicago

The New Venture Challenge Competition winners were tied between Simple Mills (see more above under Chapman University) and RoomVa. Both companies won a prize of $30,000 each. RoomVa provides online reservation capabilities for small family-run hotels.

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University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Servabo won a prize of $25,000 in Illinois’ Cozad New Venture competition. Servabo is a personal protection technology company which provides ‘one-click access to safety’.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG) won a prize of $100,000 in MIT’s 100K competition. DDG is one step closer to saving a million lives with refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer.

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University of Pennsylvania

Slidejoy won a prize of $30,000 in cash and $15,000 in-kind services in the Wharton Competition at University of Pennsylvania. Slidejoy is an intelligent Android app that pays users to view beautifully designed ads every time they unlock their phones.

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Pepperdine University

In Pepperdine’s Business Plan Competition, Uncorked!, won a prize of $10,000. Uncorked! offers an expansive experience beyond the fun board-based drinking game for the 25-35 demographic.

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Rice University

In Rice University’s Business Plan Competition, Medical Adhesive Revolution GmbH, won a prize of more than $507,000. Medical Adhesive Revolution GmbH, from RWTH Aachen University, Germany developed a high-strength biodegradable surgical adhesive that can be used inside the human body to seal wounds within seconds.

21 of the companies who participated in Rice University’s business plan competition have raised more than $10 million each, 20 of them are still in business or exited successfully. 78 additional companies have raised over $1 million each. 71 of these companies or 91% are still in business or exited successfully. 100 companies have raised over half a million dollars each. 87% are still in business or exited successfully.

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Stanford University

In Stanford University’s BASES Challenge, Switchmate (Product Showcase), won a prize of $25,000 for their perfect light switch — one that is super simple to set up and that makes your everyday life just a little bit easier. Allertope (E-Challenge), won a prize of $15,000 for its plan to commercialize a better diagnostic test for food allergies. BeeLine (social-E), won a prize of $15,000 for using color gradients to make eye tracking more efficient for better onscreen reading.

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Tufts University

In Tufts University 100K New Venture Competition, Benevolent Technologies for Health, won a prize of $100,000. Benevolent Technologies for Health developed a patent pending adjustable, custom fit prosthetic liner aimed at increasing amputee comfort.

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University of California, Los Angeles

SmartestK12 won a prize of $15,000 in UCLA’s Knapp Competition. SmartestK12 is a classroom tool that helps teacher’s track and grade student assignments quickly and easily, and instantly generates data analytics they can share with parents and administrators.

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University of California, Santa Barbara

In UCSB’s New Venture Competition, ShadowMaps, won a prize of $10,000. ShadowMaps developed business-to-business cloud-based software as a serve solution that supplement GPS in urban environments.

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University of Southern California

StemJet won the Most Innovative Award and a prize of $5,500 in USC’s Student Innovator Showcase. StemJet is a bone marrow stem cell harvester that is easier and less painful than current methods.

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The University of Utah

Cowboy Kolaches won the grand prize of $40,000 in Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. Led by students from Brigham Young University, Cowboy Kolaches developed a machine to mass produce kolaches (slightly sweet buttery pastries that are stuffed) for distribution to food retailers. Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. awarded $1,000 to nanoKeys for winning People’s Choice Video Award. NanoKeys is a key consolidation device that helps store and organize keys.

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