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.
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.
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.
EL 1: Kassandra Ormsby, PhD candidate
MusicAncestry is a nonprofit organization which supports the website MusicAncestry.com ( 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.
EL 1: Abdou Seck, Senior UNCG
Creating a sustainable, long life shower curtain.
EL 1: David Bull, AssistantProfessor, UNCG
Creating a I have an idea and prototype drawing for a golf training aid.
EL 1: Chelsea Wilson, Senior, NC A&T
Developing a brand that uses organic materials to create sustainable yet fashionable footwear.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
EL 1: Amy Thompson, EC Teacher, Moss Street Partnership School
EL 2: Stephen Thompson
K-5 Active Hallway Activities
EL 1: Tori Patterson, NCAT Alum
Modular Drone Platform
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.
EL 1: Dr. Tanya Coakley, Professor and Associate Chair Social Work, UNCG
Evidenced-based mentoring for underrepresented employees (corporate organizations, academic institutions)
EL 1: Joshua Karlton-senaye, UNCG
CalcPlusWeb2 tutoring focuses on providing quick tutoring service to students and parents.
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.
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.
EL 1: Mitchell Zaplatosch, PhD Student, UNCG
PI : William Adams, PhD, ATC, UNCG
Develop an app-based hydration monitoring system.
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.
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.
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.
EL 1: Qassim Dirar, PhD, Alum, NCAT
PI : Yeoheung Yun, PhD, Chemical, Biological & Bioengineering
M: Gianpietro Dotti, PhD, Director Cancer Cellular Immunotherapy, UNC
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.
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.
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.
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.
EL 1: Enoch Sarku, MA Student, NCAT
Pumpkin app seeks to streamline the process as a platform for customers and farms to come together.
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.
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.
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.
EL 1: Kristina Szelkowski, Senior, UNCG
Silver Linings will develop an app of grounding techniques for anxiety, panic attacks, & PTSD.
EL 1: Tyler Pufpaff, Senior, UNCG
EL 2: Dasiy Brewer, Freshman, UNCG
EL 3: Anna Grissino, UNC Alum
Non-profit literary arts publication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EL: Emmanuel Nuakoh, PhD Student Computer Science, NC A&T
EL: Homayoon Ershadi, Alum UNCG
M: Ged King, CEO, SFW Agency
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
EL: Mandy Marchitello, UNCG Alum
PI: Michael Hemphill, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
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
EL: Thayle Heggie, Masters, Public Health UNCG
PI: Regina McCoy, Associate Professor Public Health Education
EL: Nafisa Sirelkhatim, Research Scholar, Nanoengineering NC A&T
PI: Lifeng Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor Nanoengineering NC A&T
EL: Yingdon Zhu, PhD,
EL: Hunter Snooks
PI: Shangmin Sang, PhD, Professor, Nutrition
EL: Rashaad Galloway, Post Bacc, Bio Chemistry,
EL: Dezbee McDaniel
M: Tunji Williams, CEO DealWip
EL: Ryan Yarborough, PhD Nanoscience, JSNN
PI: Hemali Rathnayrke, Assistant Professor, Nanoscience
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
EL: Maurine Crouch, MA Public Health Education
PI: Regina McCoy, Professor, Public Health Education
M: Andy Brewer, Instructional Technologist, Northwest Area Health Education Center
EL: Sara Abbasi Razgaleh, PhD, JSNN
PI: Shyam Aravamudhan, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering
M: Jim Ryan, PhD, Founding Dean of JSNN
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
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
EL: Renuka Panchagavi, PhD Chemistry, Computation Science
PI: Scott Harrison, Assistant Professor, Biology
M: Chris Veal, MBA, Counselor, SBTDC
EL: Natasha McMaster, Biological Engineering
PI: Abolghasem Shahbazi, Professor, Biological Engineering
M: Matthew Todd, Research Technician, NCAT
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.
(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).
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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