• Teams

    Cohort 14: June – July 2022

    Team 112:NanoClean Tech

    EL 1: Pravalika Butreddy,
     Graduate Research Assistant,  Nanoengineering, UNCG.

    PI: Hemali Raythnayake
    PhD, Nanoscience, UNCG

    Developing bio-based solid-state electrolytes

    Team 113:See Beyond the Obvious

    EL 1: Becky Oldham, School of Education

    EL2: John Cane

    EL3: Lyza Fontana

    Team 114: FrontFly

    EL 1: Chijioke Nwankpa
    Masters Student, Information Technology and Management, UNCG

    A customized data platform for nonprofits

    Team 115:The ORB

    EL 1: Stephen Hebard, PhD, UNCG Alum, CIO Prevention Strategies

    EL2: Aaron Piepmeier, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Elon University

    Team 116:Seek Your Summit Counseling & Consulting

    EL 1: Luke Vitagliano, PhD Student, Counseling and Counselor Education, UNCG

    Nature-based mental health, clinical supervision, and group programming using the healing properties of nature

    Team 117:Progel

    EL 1: Philip Yeboah, Graduate Student, Food Science, NCAT

    EL2: Rycal Blount, Graduate Student, Food Science, NCAT

    EL3: Alaina Brock, Undergraduate Student, Food Science, NCAT

    A Novel and Edible Probiotic Delivery Technology

    Team 118: Witty Mind

    EL 1: Delphina Lewis, NCAT Alum

    A head wrap with attached hair for fashion or health issues.

    Team 119: Performance Apparel

    EL 1: Olivia Frangos
    PhD Student, Kinesiology, UNCG

    Performance Apparel for dancers and others who need a more supportive garment.

    Cohort 13: October – November 2021

    Team 103:ARD

    EL 1: Steve Cook, NCAT Alumni

    EL2: Arun Majumdar

    EL3: Mel Cordova

    EL4: Vern Fredrick

    EL5: Wilder Lopes

    EL6: Ron Jones

    A multi-domain data analytic analytic platform using advanced graph processing software called Semantic Radar.

    Team 104: Gummie Formulators

    EL 1:  Hannah Hovey,  Food and Nutritional Sciences Program, NCAT 

    EL2: Nathan Zauner, Food and Nutritional Sciences Program NCAT

    PI: Thal Zimmerman, NCAT

    Drug Discovery/Molecular Screening

    Team 105: Global Biz Connection

    EL 1: Richard Sink, UNCG

    A platform for bridging the gaps for small business to come together on the global stage.

    Team 106: Chemical Footprint

    EL 1: Sterling Morgan, UNCG

    A carbon footprint counter that educates the user of the average greenhouse emissions in common activities and is a source for green alternatives.

    Team 107: Disability Across the Ages

    EL 1: Lisa Butterworth, PhD Student, Specialized Education, Early Childhood, UNCG

    Early Childhood classroom visual poster sets and children’s books that show people with disabilities of all ages.

    Team 108: MeaningfulLives

    EL1: Jameson Sellers, UNCG CED Alumna, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    EL 2: Angiemil Pérez Peña, PhD CED Alumna, Counseling & Counselor Education

    MeaningfuLives is a non-profit mental health practice that offers affordable trauma and culturally informed online counseling.

    Team 109: Rogers Technical Solutions

    EL 1: Jonathan Rogers, Sophomore, Psychology, UNCG

    Power generation from using the ocean’s movement.

    Team 110: Light, Inc.

    EL 1: Breezy Moses, Masters Student in International Business, UNCG

    Product that will allow cooking with solar energy.

    Team 111: Athletic Nutrition Bar

    EL 1: Abdulhakim Eddin, PhD student, Food and Nutritional Sciences Program, NCAT 

    A natural high energy nutrition bar with long stable shelf-life.

    Cohort 12: July – August 2021

    Team 96:Optimal Female Health (OFH)

    EL 1: Samantha (Sam) Goldenstein, PhD Student, Kinesiology UNC Greensboro

    PI: Laurie Wideman, PhD Kinesiology

    A a quick and easy screening tool for all physically active females to identify if they are at risk for the female athlete triad, potentially through an app.

    Team 97: Biome

    EL 1: Arvind Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor, Chemical, Biological, BioEngineering, NCAT 

    EL2: Simrit Safarulla, NCAT

    EL:3 Vikram Surendran, NCAT

    Drug Discovery/Molecular Screening

    Team 98:StoryArt

    EL 1:Sapphira Kelsey Lam, Graduate student, Graduate student  UNC Greensboro

    Team 99: EzViz

    EL 1: Thien-An Doan, Senior, Information Management & Supply Chain UNC Greensboro

    Software app to assist in the presentation of information on the web.

    Team 100: Art is For Everyone (AFE)

    EL 1: Chloe Rush, Sophmore, Studio Art, UNC Greensboro

    A non-profit that will provide marginalized high school students who plan to pursue the visual arts in college with: free art supplies, scholarships, and successful artists guest speakers

    Team 101: LS Nano

    EL 1: Frank Tukur, Graduate Student, Sophomore, Studio Art, UNC Greensboro
     PI: Jianjun Wei, Ph.D., Associate Professor JSNN

    A portable, hand-held sensor for disease diagnostics. The sensor size gives it the added advantage to be used at the patient bedside or taken to emergency locations such as war zones.

    Team 102: C-Ties

    EL 1: Anju Mehta, Assistant Professor of Management, NCAT

    Curtain Tie Backs that do not attach to the wall or frame.

    Cohort 11: January – February 2021

    Team 84: SecConAPat

    EL 1: Imano Williams, PhD Student, NC A&T State University

    A semi-automated tool that recommends security concerns and attack patterns for web applications by modeling use cases.

    Team 86: Team Blue

    EL 1: Rhonda Stewart

    EL 2: Karen Presley, NC A&T State University Alumn 

     A tool to streamline the lean startup customer discovery process by using data analytics and a proprietary relational database to recommend customers based on their responses to a series of questions and provide contact information for those customers to interview.

    Team 87: Sow ‘N Heal

    EL 1: Brittany Ward, Senior UNCG

    My business will provide an online marketplace for the purchase of alkaline seeds and grow to offer alkaline seedlings.

    Team 88: Music Ancestry

    EL 1: Kassandra Ormsby, PhD candidate

    MusicAncestry is a nonprofit organization which supports the website ( is a crowdsourced website in which the data is provided by and collaboratively verified for authenticity by the page administrators and users ) in order to fulfill its vision to create a knowledge database of music pedagogical lineage available to the entire online music community for free.

    Team 91: EA Brothers

    EL 1: Abdou Seck, Senior UNCG

    Creating a sustainable, long life shower curtain.

    Team 94: Bullshaver

    EL 1: David Bull, AssistantProfessor, UNCG

    Creating a I have an idea and prototype drawing for a golf training aid.

    Team 95: SYX Footwear

    (You will need to turn up the volume to hear this video)
    EL 1: Chelsea Wilson, Senior, NC A&T 

    Developing a brand that uses organic materials to create sustainable yet fashionable footwear.

    Cohort 10: October – November 2020

    Team 74: Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI)

    EL 1: Camila Dos Santos, Program Coordinator, UNCG

    PI : Christine Murray, Director, Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships

    We will be developing a business strategy for marketing “Healthy Relationships in the Workplace” resources to businesses and human resource departments in different job sectors.

    Team 75: NC High Fidelity Wraparound Training Program

    EL 1: Erica Velez, Implementation Specialist

    EL 2: Jessica Attucks, Program Associate, NC HFWTP

    PI : Christine Murray, Director, Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships, UNCG

    We will be working to plan the expansion of the NC High Fidelity Wraparound Training Program from 20 to all 100 counties in North Carolina.

    Team 76: PodKnow

    EL 1: Jeremy Hudson, Senior UNCG

    PI : Aaron Beveridge, Assistant Professor, Informatics & Analytics, UNCG

    PodKnow collects data from podcasts (top 200 overall and Triad area) to provide content analytics for advertisers, businesses, journalists, politicians, and anyone else who wants to make sense of trending topics and conversations without having to listen to every podcast.

    Team 77: Tutor Communications

    EL 1: Anna Kristen PhD candidate

    PI : Kim Cuny, Director, Speaking Center, Division of Student Success & Com Studies

    M: Erin Ellis Harrison, Speaking Center Assistant Director, Speaking Center Assistant Director

    M: Jenny Southard, Speaking Center Coordinator, UNCG

    Developing a methodology and accompanying delivery method to help tutors better communicate

    Team 78: Global Mobile Finance, Inc.

    EL 1: Lydia Epps, COO, GMF

    PI: Sandra Johnson, CEO, GMF

    Global Mobile Finance has developed geeRemit, a customer-focused remittance mobile app for sub-Saharan Africa.

    Team 79: Bringing Out the Best of Brunswick

    EL 1: Dr. Brittany Hewet, >UNCG Alum, Program Specialist CYFCP

    PI : Christine Murray, Director, Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships

    M: Janet Howard, Program Director, CYFCP

    Expansion of an existing and thriving early intervention program to a smaller/rural area of North Carolina.

    Team 80: SensoryScape

    EL 1: Amy Thompson, EC Teacher, Moss Street Partnership School

    EL 2: Stephen Thompson

    K-5 Active Hallway Activities

    Team 81: Aggie Ogun Innovations LLC


    EL 1: Tori Patterson, NCAT Alum

    Modular Drone Platform

    Team 82: Sankofa Connects

    EL 1: Channelle James, Lecturer, Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism, UNCG

    Creating an online platform and app that connects a sustainable entrepreneurship curriculum with an interdisciplinary project matching process so that faculty, students, and entrepreneurs can develop practicum experiences based on sustainable value projects.

    Team 83: Transform-U Mentoring

    EL 1: Dr. Tanya Coakley, Professor and Associate Chair Social Work,  UNCG

    Evidenced-based mentoring for underrepresented employees (corporate organizations, academic institutions)

    Cohort 9: July – August 2020


    Team 62: Pulse coding L.L.C.


    EL 1: Joshua Karlton-senaye, UNCG

    CalcPlusWeb2 tutoring focuses on providing quick tutoring service to students and parents.

    Team 63: TheHornProfessor

    EL 1: Abigail Pack, PhD, UNCG

    Create online packages/pdfs/subscriptions, etc. of materials, videos and relevant necessary teaching/pedagogy strategies and resources that will help public school teachers develop stronger horn players in their music programs.

    Team 64: SMART Kinesiology


    EL 1: Mairym Villalobos Solís, PhD Student, UNCG

    EL 2: Rene Mirabal Cordero, CPA, SRTP

    M: Emmanuel Hernández Torres, PhD. University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras

    A virtual platform to connect kinesiology professionals into a community of learning and obtain continuing education credits focused on promoting evidence-based practice.

    Team 65: Hydr8te


    EL 1: Mitchell Zaplatosch, PhD Student, UNCG

    PI : William Adams, PhD, ATC, UNCG

    Develop an app-based hydration monitoring system.

    Team 66: Triad Food & Trade


    EL 1: Omar Fatah, Owner

    EL 2: Sara Manchester, Partner

    PI : Marianne LeGreco, Associate Professor, UNCG

    Developing an in-house ordering system for a commercial food incubator and retail grocery market that serves both the general public and people living in neighborhoods with low food access.

    Team 67: Team Fish


    EL 1: Ranganatha Somasagara, Post Doc, NCCU

    PI : TinChung Leung Associate Professor, NCCU

    M: Royston Carter, Biotechnology Research and Consulting

    Developing a high-throughput zebrafish platform which is capable to screen vaccine candidates quickly and prioritize potential vaccine candidates based on the read out of “humanized” immune response.

    Team 68: Hygieni-Bee


    EL 1: Phoebe Snyder, PhD Student, UNCG

    PI : Kiara Wagoner, PhD, UNCG

    Pheromone-based assay to select for honey bee hygienic behavior, to improve honey bee health and fight harmful Varroa mite. 

    Team 69: CAR PreDiKT


    EL 1: Qassim Dirar, PhD, Alum, NCAT

    PI : Yeoheung Yun, PhD, Chemical, Biological & Bioengineering

    M: Gianpietro Dotti, PhD, Director Cancer Cellular Immunotherapy, UNC

    Team 70: Artful


    EL 1: David Walls, Senior, UNCG

    Website that will serve as a social media platform for professional artists while also serving as a tool for museums, galleries, and other arts organizations to find innovative artists.

    Team 71: NPO Booster


    EL 1: Ramin Mahdizadeh Saber, Masters, UNCG

    EL 2: Roshanak Ashrafi, PhD,UNCC

    PI : Travis Hicks, PhD, Associate Professor, UNCG

    Platform to help Not-for-profit organizations communicate better with investors and donors.

    Team 72: GMetric3D Knee Sleeve


    EL 1: Hunter Holden, PhD Student, UNCG

    EL 2: Beth Bacon, MS,PhD Student, UNCG

    EL 3: Koehna Fox, Senior, UNCG

    PI 1:  Sandy Shultz, PhD, ATC, Professor, UNCG

    PI 2:  Dennis LaJeunesse, PhD, Professor, UNCG

    PI 3: Randy Schmitz, PhD, ATC, Professor, UNCG

    M: Robert Koshinskie, CEO, RingBolt

    Design a knee sleeve that can be individually customized to provide dynamic motion restraint in the planes of motion where excessive knee laxity is observed.

    Team 73: Innovation Therapies, PLLC


    EL 1: Denise Dawson, PhD, UNCG

    EHR system that uses bluetooth connection to sync biometric data from tablets and smart rings worn by therapy patients with medical conditions to improve care coordination and treatment.

    Cohort 8: January – February 2020

    Team 57: Pumpkin


    EL 1: Enoch Sarku, MA Student, NCAT

    Pumpkin app seeks to streamline the process as a platform for customers and farms to come together.

    Team 57: Stark Industries

    PI: Dr. Liam Duffy, Asst. Professor, Chem & Biochem, UNCG
    M:  David Koester, Gen. Manager, Koester Associates, LLC.

    An analytical instrument to identify and separate molecular isomers using a novel form of mass-spectrometry based on the Stark Effect.

    Team 59: Team Clean

    EL 1: Raphael Ayivi, Graduate Research Assistant, NCAT
    EL 2: Will Lawson, MA Student, NCAT
    EL  3: Ezinne Chukwu, Graduate Research Assistant, NCAT
    PI: Dr. Salam Ibrahim, Senior Professor, NCAT
    EL 2: Dr. Tahl Zimmerman, Senior Research Assoc., NCAT

    Our idea is to create a cleaning product containing a novel set of natural antibacterial agents.

    Team 60: HertzTech

    EL 1: Jennifer Kim, Senior, UNCG
    M : Andrew Willis, DMA, Professor, Performing Arts, UNCG

    We are interested in developing a spa with therapeutic products  for improving life skills and social functioning for those specifically on the Autism Spectrum imbued with grounding materials which research shows increases mental focus and energy and is relaxing for the body.

    Team 61: Silver Linings

    EL 1: Kristina Szelkowski, Senior, UNCG

    Silver  Linings will develop an app of grounding techniques for anxiety, panic attacks, & PTSD.

    Cohort 7: October – November 2019

    Team 51: Variant Literature, Inc.


    EL 1: Tyler Pufpaff, Senior, UNCG
    EL 2: Dasiy Brewer, Freshman, UNCG
    EL 3: Anna Grissino, UNC Alum

    Non-profit literary arts publication.

    Team 52: City Biome

    EL 1: Nastaran Pourebrahim, PhD Student, UNCG
    EL 2: Armin Amirazar, PhD Student, UNCG

    CityBiome use real time sensor data to monitor air and water for bacterial contamination.

    Team 53: Counseling Trauma

    EL 1: Phyllis Ann Eicher, PhD Student, UNCG

    The creation of a simple app for a resource for counselors to use with their clients who have experienced trauma and are recovering from it.

    Team 54: CarbonScraps

    EL 1: Joseph Sircar, PhD Student, UNCG
    EL 2: Suman Kasoji 
    EL 3: Sunny Kasoji, Career Services, UNCG

    Carbonscraps is valet composting and trash service for apartment complexes that rewards eco-friendly practices by leveraging cutting-edge behavioral change techniques.

    Team 55: SumUpPATH

    EL 1: Sumaita Rahman, Freshman, UNCG
    EL 2: Merve Ozdemir, PhD Student, UNCG
    PI:   Jonathan Hanner, Asst. Professor, SES, UNCG 

    Develop an online community of resources for parents with special needs children.

    Team 56: Team Green

    EL 1: Will Lawson, MA Student, NCAT
    EL 2: Dr. Tahl Zimmerman, Senior Research Assc., Food & Nutritional Science.
    PI:  Dr. Salam Ibrahim, Senior Professor, Food & Nutritional Science. 

    We have developed a method for producing high quality bacteria using agricultural waste and want to license this technology to producers of probiotic products.

    Cohort 6: July – August 2019

    Team 43:More Than Thanks


    EL: Jessica Navarro, MSW, UNCG
    PI: Jonahan Tudge, PhD

    Building upon five years of research about gratitude with children and adolescents, we plan to write, design, and publish a children’s book exemplifying gratitude as a virtue to be practiced through action, not just words.

    Team 44: Backpack Bolster


    EL: Jewel Moser, Sophomore in Business & Marketing, NCAT

    The Backpack Bolster is an innovative solution to the common problems of back, neck, and shoulder pain related to the use of heavy book bags.

    Team 45: SkillDivvy

    EL1: Matthew Mullens, Senior in Engineering, NCAT

    EL2: Curt Meinhold, Center for Creative Leadership

    SkillDivvy is an application that helps organizations better understand existing culture, leverage internal skills, and deliver higher rates of engagement and satisfaction by understanding the values, skills, and interests of individuals and teams.

    Team 46: PROPS


    EL1: Victoria Coble, Senior in Integrated Professional Studies

    EL2: Shane Coble

    EL3: Catherine Goetz, Career Services, UNCG

    M: Stefan Goetz

    PROPS is a social peer-to-peer challenge network where you can track challenges with your friends.

    Team 47: Grenergy Solutions

    EL: Nafeezuddin Mohammad, Graduate Student Nano-Chemical

    Dr. Debasish Kuila, Chemistry, NCAT

    Dr. Omar Basha, Chemistry, NCAT

    Utilize carbon dioxide to build a modular plant with same throughput as the conventional chemical plants with micro-reactor technology.

    Team 48: E-ARTSTUDIOS


    EL1: Esha Hickson, UNCG Alum, Kinesiology/Dance

    EL2: Kenae Williams, Senior, Apparel & Retail Consumer Studies

    PI: Craig Peck PhD

    M: Dr. William Boone, WSSU

    Online Dance Streaming Portal

    Team 49: Postbiotic Labs

    EL1: Omar Singleton, Neuroscience, WFU

    EL2: Alex Ilyasov, Neuroscience, WFU

    PI: Hariom Yadav, PHD

    M: Peter Sheldrake, PhD

    Postbiotic Labs is a microbiome health solutions company that is translating research from Wake Forest School of Medicine into a commercial food additive and dietary supplement. Our product, LPD3.5, is a postbiotic, or inactivated probiotic, which delivers the benefits of a probiotic while being able to be used in shelf-stable food and beverage products.

    Team 50: IYN Inc. – SafeRise

    EL1: Lanita Johnson, UNCG Alum, Peace and Conflict Studies-Masters

    EL2: Peggy Johnson

    EL3: Brenisha Thompson

    EL4: Kanica Bryant

    EL5: Lashanda Sanford

    SafeRise (product name) will become a leading piece of technology for parents all across the world.

     Cohort 5: January – February 2019

    Team 34: Robust Big Data Analysis

    EL: Yang Peng, Masters Student, Stastics, UNCG
           Bety Rostandy, Masters Student, Stastics, UNCG
           Philip Zhu, Masters Student, Stastics, UNCG

    PI: Xiaoli Gao, Associate Professor, Math & Statistics, UNCG

    Providing robust data analysis by incorporating both scientific and industrial facts into statistical modeling efficiently.

    Team 35: ReP DS

    EL: Folasade Adekanle, Undergrad, Biomechanical Engineering, NC A&T 

    PI: Ronald Gamble, Adjunct Professor, Physics, NCAT

    The goal of this project is to reduce the cost of dialysis by finding a way to reuse the dialysis solution.


    Team 36: NC^2


    EL: Philip Agbo, PhD Student, Nanoengineering, NCAT
           Sidharth Karnati, PhD Student, Nanoengineering, NCAT

    PI: Dongyang De, Assistant Professor, Department of Built Environment, NCAT

    Mentor: Lifeng Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Built Environment

    We are developing an Environment-friendly epoxy polymer composites reinforced with nanofillers for lighter and stronger structures for a variety of applications including Automobiles, Aerospace, Construction.


    Team 37: SMRDI

    EL: Brian Sims, Executive Director, Jomoworks
           Jonaé Brown, Undergrad, NCCU
           Kevin Moore, Jomoworks

    PI: Eric Saliim, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, NCCU

    Mentor: Undi Hoffler, PhD, Director, Research Compliance and Technology Transfer, NCCU

    The Social Media Research Dissemination Initiative (SMRDI) enables research organizations to connect with new audiences and stakeholders through social media.


    Team 38: Random Bytes

    EL: Nathaniel Jones, Grad Student, Community Development, UNCG
           Kouame N’Dri, Undergrad, computer Science, UNCG

    A mobile platform that provides a curated experience when it comes to searhing an optimum dining experience.


    Team 39: Leaders of Real Destiny

    EL: Lauren Simmons, PhD Student, Education & Cultural Foundations, UNCG

    PI: Craig Peck, PhD, Associate Professor, ELC Department, UNCG

    Mentor: Angela Mauldin, CEO, Collegiate Advocacy Group

    My idea encompasses providing a character education curriculum designed for at-risk youth.

    Team 40: Latinx Mental Health

    EL: Camila Pulgar Guzman, PhD Student, Counseling and Education Development, UNCG

    PI: Nathaniel Ivers, PhD, Department Chair, WFU

    Our project is about creating prevention materials that providers can use in their clinic when they don’t have a bilingual therapist on-site.


    Team 41: Starlyng

    EL: Amir Young, Undergrad, Biology, UNCG
           Nick Badgion, Undergrad, Business Administration, Salem College
           Krystle Watkins, Alumni, Marketing, WSSU

    Starlyng is an online platform that connects women and minority businesses owners to business development opportunities.


    Team 42: Nano Mosaic

    EL: Sheeba Dawood, PhD Student, Nanoengineering, UNCG

    PI: Hemali Rathnayke, PhD, Nanoscience, UNCG

    Mentor: Glenn Seymour

     Product offers high surface area and high sbsorption capability to recover lithium from waste, sewage, and sea water. 


    Cohort 4: October – November 2018

    Team 24: SoftOffice

    EL: Emmanuel  Nuakoh, PhD Student Computer Science, NC A&T 


    Team 25: Jabin

    EL: Homayoon Ershadi, Alum UNCG

    M: Ged King, CEO, SFW Agency

    Team 26: Motivate to Participate

    EL: Misti Wajciechowski, Ph.D. UNCG Kinesiology

    PI: Michael Hemphill, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

    M: Benita Turner, Health and Physical Education Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools

    Team 27: FaniBath

    EL: Mandy Marchitello, UNCG Alum

    PI: Michael Hemphill, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

    Team 28:Act4PM

    EL: Si Zhu,  Ph.D.  Family and Consumer Sciences NC A&T

    PI:  Guibing Chen, Ph.D. Associate Professor Family and Consumer Sciences NC A&T

    Team 29: Eco-Organize

    EL: Thayle Heggie,  Masters,  Public Health UNCG

    PI:  Regina McCoy, Associate Professor Public Health Education

    Team 30: Nanofibers

    EL: Nafisa Sirelkhatim,  Research Scholar,  Nanoengineering NC A&T

    PI:  Lifeng Zhang, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor Nanoengineering NC A&T

    Team 31 SangLab

    EL: Yingdon Zhu, PhD, 
    EL: Hunter Snooks 

    PI: Shangmin Sang, PhD, Professor, Nutrition

    Team 33: EverywhereAd


    EL: Rashaad Galloway, Post Bacc, Bio Chemistry, 
    EL: Dezbee McDaniel

    M: Tunji Williams, CEO DealWip

     Cohort 3: March-April 2018 

    Team 16: Energy Harvesting

    EL: Ryan Yarborough, PhD Nanoscience, JSNN

    PI: Hemali Rathnayrke, Assistant Professor, Nanoscience

    Team 17: iGit Company

    EL1: Eric Mitchell, Co-Founder, iGit Company, LLC

    EL2: Yolanda Mitchell, Co-Founder, iGit Company, LLC  

    PI: Justin Streuli, Director, LaunchUNCG

    M: Jim Boyer, Principal Infrastructure Architect, SRS Technology, LLC

    Team 18: Health eCoach Team

    EL: Maurine Crouch, MA Public Health Education

    PI: Regina McCoy, Professor, Public Health Education

    M: Andy Brewer, Instructional Technologist, Northwest Area Health Education Center

    Team 19: NanoMatrix

    EL: Sara Abbasi Razgaleh, PhD, JSNN

    PI: Shyam Aravamudhan, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering

    M: Jim Ryan, PhD, Founding Dean of JSNN

    Team 20: Diversity Training

    EL: Jennifer Klaiber, GAA, Human Development and Family Studies

    PI: Dan Perlman, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

    M: Elliott Kimball, Assistant Director, Office of Interculteral Engagement

    Team 21: Garage Sky

    EL1: Trevor Nelson, Accounting & Finance

    EL2: Cameron Nelson, Supply Chain

    PI: Thaddeus McEwen, Professor, Business Administration

    M: Carlos C Mims, Vice President, Trapp Insurance Group

    Team 22: Aquatic Defender

    EL: Renuka Panchagavi, PhD Chemistry, Computation Science

    PI: Scott Harrison, Assistant Professor, Biology

    M: Chris Veal, MBA, Counselor, SBTDC

    Team 23: Biochar Production

    EL: Natasha McMaster, Biological Engineering

    PI: Abolghasem Shahbazi, Professor, Biological Engineering

    M: Matthew Todd, Research Technician, NCAT

    Cohort 2: January-February 2018

    Team 8: Precision Edge Performance

    EL – Katie Thompson, Ed.D., Kinesiology

    EL – Jill Wierzba, Ed.D., Kinesiology

    PI – Dianne Gill, Ph.D., Professor, Kinesiology

    M – Mark Geske, Lietutenant, Fayetteville Police Department

    Innovating theoretically and empirically based holistic human performance training to include non-invasive measurement, monitoring, recording, and analyzing of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in combination with systematic applied performance psychology and kinesiology methodologies.

    Team 9: BrainCARE

    (Delayed participation to further improve their innovation)

    EL – Nicole Thomas, MA, Public Health Education

    PI – Jeff Milroy, Professor, Public Health Education

    M – David Wyrick, Founder, Prevention Strategies LLC

    Our product would be an app that incorporates intermittent public health messages including but not limited to recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions throughout cognitive training games (may include games that improve memory, attention, reaction time, and problem solving).

    Team 10: Cognitive Support Device for Individuals with Autism (CSDIA)

    EL – Hannah Townsend, Ph.D., Specialized Education Services

    EL – Pavand Kethinedi, Computer Science

    PI – Pamela Williamson, Professor, Education

    The longterm purpose of this project will be to develop a cognitive prosthetic device to support the executive function skills of individuals with autism.

    Team 11: Team Market Seg

    EL – Phillip Sheldon, MPA

    PI – Stephen Sills, Director, CHCS

    M – Allison Bramwell, Ph.D.

    Using methods from the social sciences, we want to help communities understand their neighborhoods and focus investment into areas in which they can get the most “bang-for-their-buck.”

    Team 12: Juvenile Navigating System – JNS

    EL – Sadric Bonner, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, UNCG CYFCP

    PI – Ken Gruber, Ph.D., UNCG CYFCP

    M – Natalie Patrics Tucker, Accessibility Program Manager

    We wish to create a smartphone app allowing people to track loved ones in the juvenile justice system.

    Team 13: Onyx Ocean

    EL – Fa’Lon Thomas, Entrepreneuirship & Business

    PI – Thaddeus McEwen, Ph.D., Professor, Managment

    M – Christina Tupper, Professor, Management

    Our mission is to build a full curriculum for STEM classes and summer camps

    Team 14: Wellness Council of North Carolina

    EL – GracieLee Weaver, Ph.D., Public Health Education

    PI – Dan Bibeau, Professor, Public Health Education

    Our aim is to develop a locally oriented wellness council serving the NC region.

    Team 15: Toxicity Database as a Service

    EL – Joseph Mwangi, Ph.D., Medical Biochemistry

    PI – Norman Chiu, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry

    M – Charles R. Cantor, Ph.D., Sequenom Inc.

    We’re going to create a novel platform and reference database for high throughput screening for in vitro chemical toxicity.

    Cohort 1 – October – November 2017

    Team 1: 3i-Nano JSNN

    EL – Taylor Mabe Ph.D., Nanoscience JSNN

    PI – Jianjun Wei, Ph.D., Associate Professor JSNN

    M – Brad Hayes, Retired CFO, LabCorp

    3i Nanotech makes point-of-care devices that could replace the large, bench-top instruments that are currently used for disease diagnostics and protein detection. A handheld biological sensor yields immediate results in a low-cost, portable format.

    Current status:

    Team 2: Targeting Virulence

    EL – Cassandra Naphen, Ph.D., Chemistry

    PI – Nadja Cech, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry

    M – Cedric Pearce, Ph.D., CEO, Mycosynthetix

    Targeting Virulence is a new therapeutic strategy to shut down bacterial pathogenesis (i.e. toxin production). Through this isolation methodology, we hope to create a natural way to break the cycle of drug resistance.

    Current status:

    Team 3: Cardiac Wellness Assessment Tool

    EL – Shane Loeffler, Ph.D. Nanoscience, JSNN

    PI – Joseph Starobin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nanoscience

    M – Ryan Barry, MBA, Strategic Projects Coordinator, ORE

    This Cardiac Wellness Assessment Tool focuses on monitoring the reserve of cardiac repolarization as a tool for quantification of the influence of physical, emotional and environmental stressors on cardiac performance in asymptomatic population.

    Current status:

    Team 4: ArthroLax

    EL – James Coppock, MS Applied Neuromechanics, Kinesiology

    El –  Elvis Foli, MS Applied Neuromechanics, Kinesiology

    PI – Sandra Shultz, Ph.D., Professor, Kinesiology

    M – Robert Koshinskie, MBA, Principal Consultant, Ringbolt Services

    Arthrolax is developing a device that can efficiently and accurately characterize and measure multi-planar knee ligament integrity.

    Current status:

    Team 5: Solelectrolyte

    EL – Alla Letfullina, Ph.D. Nanoscience, JSNN

    PI – Sungjin Cho, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nanoengineering

    Solelectrolyte’s goal is to achieve the next generation energy storage device by developing a solid state electrolyte membrane.

    Current status:

    Team 6: Shorti

    EL – Keenan Smith, Co-founder, BrownBoxWorks, NCAT Alumni

    PI – Everette Slocum, Co-founder, BrownBoxWorks, NCAT

    M – Thaddeus McEwen, Ph.D., Professor, Management

    M – Lou Ann Flanders-Stec, MBA, EVP of Entrepreneurship, Launch Greensboro

    Shorti is an iOS and Android writing app that allows users to imagine, create and share short stories and poems of up to 1500 words.

    Current status:

    Team 7: Super SAPS

    EL – Michael Assad, Ph.D. Nanoscience, JSNN

    PI – Dan Herr, Professor & Dept Chair, Nanoscience

    M – Justin Streuli, MBA

    Super SAPS is focused on developing an improved superabsorbant material applicable in a variety of industries.

    Current status:

  • Curriculum

    As a prerequisite for participating in the I-Corps program, all team members are required to watch a set of videos that are integrated into the Friday classroom sessions. All videos feature Steve Blank, a legendary startup leader who developed the “Lean Launchpad Methodology,” serving as the basis of the I-Corps Program.

    • Week One: Business Model Canvas
    • Week Two: Pre-Planning Customer Delivery
    • Week Three: Customer Discovery Interviews
    • Week Four: Outside the Building
    • Week Five: Back in the Building

    Information Session Recording 10/7/20

  • Expenses Info

    Budget & Duration

    During the 5-week cohort period, each team is allotted a budget of $1,000. This may be flexible if necessary.

    After the completion of 20-30 interviews teams will have access to an additional $2,000-$3,000 to utilize over a 5-month period for addition customer discovery and prototype development.

    Approved Expenses

    Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable expenses. Before you spend any money, please contact us for approval:


    • Local travel (mileage)
    • Out of state hotel
    • Flight, Conference Fees
    • Webcam, mic for video
    • Other items related to Customer Discovery
    • LATER – Prototyping


    • International travel
    • Entertainment
    • Business expenses
    • Legal fees
    • Paying people
    • Academic conferences
    • Expenses for people not on your team

    Pre-Approved Travel

    • Pre-approved travel can be paid ahead of time using the UNCG Purchase Card for UNCG faculty, staff and students. This travel included conferences, airfare, out of state hotels and other similar travel expenses.
    • To utilize this feature, make sure to get approval, then please contact Jan Szelkowski for next steps as well as complete a TRV-1, see linked below under “Relevant Forms”.

    Mileage Reimbursement

    • Mileage is reimbursed at a standard rate determined by the state of NC. There are separate rates for daily mileage over and under 100 miles. rates are subject to change without notice.
    • For mileage reimbursement, we need to be provided an excel sheet with the point to point addresses for each trip, mileage between those locations, reason for the trip, and a google maps printout of the directions complete with a map.
    • All mileage can be turned in at once, but remember to keep it within the 60-day time limit for reimbursement.

    Special Notes

    • All expenses must be reimbursed within 60-days. Please try to turn in expenses within 30-days just to be safe.
    • To be reimbursed, the original receipt must be provided. If you do not provide the original receipt, you may not be able to get reimbursed.
    • We can only cover expenses related to customer discovery. Make sure to review the acceptable vs. unacceptable.

    Relevant Forms


    Jan Szelkowski
    Assistant Director, NCEC
    1613A MHRA
    1111 Spring Garden St.

    Email: | Office (336) 256-8649


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