Resources

  • Teams

     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

     

     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:

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  • Expenses Info

    Budget & Duration

    During the 5-week cohort period, each team is allotted a budget of $1,000. This is 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:

    Acceptable

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

    Unacceptable

    • 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 Barbara Hemphill 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. Currently the rate is $0.535 per mile.
    • 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

    Contacts

    Barbara Hemphill

    Financial Manager, UNCG, Office of Research & Engagement

    Email: bbhemphi@uncg.edu | Office (336) 256-1172 

    Kim Augsburger

    Operations Director, UNCG, Office of Research & Engagement

    Email: kaaugsbu@uncg.edu

 

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