• Teams


    Cohort 8: January - February 2019

    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
  • 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: jiszelko@uncg.edu | Office (336) 256-8649


  • Links


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