Join us for the 2013 UMass Innovation Challenge Final Business Plan Competition. Watch up to five teams pitch their business ideas and compete for a portion of the $50,000+ in prize money to be awarded that evening by the judging panel.
The event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required. Refreshments will be served.
Investor presentations: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Networking: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Announcement of winning team(s): 6:45 p.m.
The final five teams in the Innovation Challenge are:
1. Inside Out Solar has planned, built, and is testing affordable solar space-heating units that fit into a window like a portable air conditioner does.
2. Fetch Rewards is a mobile application that simplifies and streamlines the shopping experience before, during, and after shopping. Fetch turns the mobile phone’s camera into a bar code scanner that automatically brings up coupons for items and speeds checkout.
3. NineBrain is an online platform that empowers market-to-innovator driven dialogues for connecting medical practitioners with research institutions to interface with product development firms and create fast-adopting, market-desired technologies for commercialization.
4. VideoConversation offers software that improves videoconferencing by automatically showing real interpersonal and non-verbal communication in a smooth and natural way.
5. Crowd Solar is an online platform for people and businesses to invest in local solar projects on community buildings.
The UMass Innovation Challenge campus partners are the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Sciences, the Isenberg School of Management and the UMass Innovation Institute. The contest’s financial support comes from Eugene M and Ronnie Isenberg; Wolf Greenfield; Saint-Gobain; Cantor Colburn LLP; CISCO; Steven Luby '84, '86MS; Raytheon; Saul Ewing; William Firestone '78; an Anonymous Faculty Donor; Stephen Dunne '89; Provenance Venture Partners; Michael Tunstall '82, and Karen Lauter Utgoff Consulting.