Academic Year 2008/09

The May 2009 Final Business Plan Competition grand prize of $35,000 was won by team QD Tech for a proposal to produce quantum-dot based materials designed to improve solar cells. QD Tech aims to increase solar cell power output by adding a quantum dot active layer to increase existing solar cells' efficiency. Their proprietary quantum dot synthesis method allows them to do this at relatively low cost, when compared to the traditional quantum dot synthesis.

The prior round Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition, held in December of 2008 for a $5,000 grand prize, was won by Bug Power, a biotech company planning to produce a talented strain of bacteria that can simultaneously clean up waste, eliminate odor and generate electricity in portable toilets.