FLI Technologies developed Seek, a product that satisfies the ever-present need to locate misplaced items. Seek blended plastics, rubber molding, and circuitry in a manner that satisfies the criterion for performance, reliability, and style. Seek was created by Lehigh University college students for college students. The college market is a niche not targeted by any competitors. Beginning with the introduction of Seek, FLI's goal was to broaden the personal item-location market and be the leading supplier for college students.
The team was comprised of eight undergraduate students from Engineering, Design, and Finance.
Nanometrix, Inc. was formed to capitalize on a substantial opportunity from a groundbreaking patent-pending technology developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Nanometrix has secured an option on the exclusive license to the Molecular Comb, a revolutionary microfluidics technology that can separate virtually any chemical for laboratory or field analysis. The Molecular Comb is a miniaturized chip-based platform technology with numerous potential applications that include environmental monitoring, immunodiagnostics, and DNA and protein screening. The Molecular Comb is a novel method for the separation of molecules and has many potential advantages over existing art including increased accuracy and discrimination; decreased costs; increased throughput; and reduced size, power requirements, and heat generation.
JackHeat is a self-heating, lightweight jacket. The E-Team successfully developed a prototype, made possible through the discovery of a new carbon-based material, Gorix, which allows heat to pass through evenly while using a minimal amount of battery power.
The E-Team consisted of two students from computer engineering and a third from marketing. Their faculty advisors were three engineering professors and one from marketing. One of their three industry advisors is the inventor of Gorix. They hope to enter the market as the first self-heating, general consumer-oriented jacket, offering a variety of additional skins for increased profitability.
The Center for Superconductivity at the University of Maryland researched and developed MgZnO-based photodetectors on silicon substrate for sensing Ultra Violet (UV) light that is significantly less expensive than current substitutes. The UV E-Team improved this UV sensor technology further and grew it on glass and plastics. The additional cost reduction made it more affordable to integrate sensors into watches or small electronic devices used in the detection, measuring and tracking of UV radiation exposure, the number one cause of skin cancer. The UV E-Team developed a PC-based prototype watch that was used to test UV sensors and demonstrated to potential customers interested in completing the integrated circuitry design to integrate the sensor into their own products.
Comfort Computing Inc. (CCI) designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes computer accessory products that promote ergonomics, mobility, and productivity to mobile computer users. CCI plans to lead the market with the Portable Computer Laprest product, an accessory for users of portable computers in the home, office, or hotel. The product addresses an unarticulated market need from home workers, telecommuters and students that seek alternative computing environments. Laprest allows users to operate their computers from their laps comfortably and free from the dangers of repetitive stress injuries or excessive heat generated by the machine.
The team is comprised of two Babson College MBA students. One student has done brand development and the other has an MS in Engineering Design with significant work experience. Their advisors include two entrepreneurship professors and a physical therapist. The Babson College Incubator Program is providing office space and $5,000 for startup expenses. The E-Team's plan includes securing patents, creating prototypes, conducting further market research, writing a market plan, and making models for manufacturers.
Handprint was a startup company conceived by an entrepreneurial team at Brown University in conjunction with Zebra Technologies. Handprint developed portable printers unlike any currently available. The first in its line of printers, the Primo, is one of the smallest portable printers on the market, intended for use with wireless web browsing products such as cellular phones and PDAs. With the recent developments in color technologies used in flat panels, PDA screens, and cellular telephones, the demand for wireless color printing capabilities will rapidly expand in the near future.
The automatic Double Dutch Device is a product that revolutionizes conventional rope-jumping. The product can be used for recreation, cardiovascular fitness, or to enhance coordination and agility. The device consists of two stations facing each other in mirror image relation that turn a pair of ropes 180 degrees out-of-phase.
This E-Team received continuing NCIIA support for the development and early stages of the commercialization of the device. Renewed funding helped refine the prototype, expand IP protection based on an initial patent granted, and make connections to begin marketing the product. The team leader recruited a new group of students and worked with them on further development and commercialization.
This E-Team developed proof of concept for a drug discovery technology to identify promising protease inhibitors for application in a wide variety of diseases. The project was based on work done by a graduate student and a business plan developed for a competition at UGA in which it took first prize. The team, consisting of the grad student and a group of MBA and law students, assembled a group of technical and business advisors with the intention of launching a startup to commercialize the drug discovery process. The process, called Zymaccel, has several advantages over traditional approaches that could result in improved cost efficiency and better performing drugs with fewer side effects. Tests of the first compound identified with this system were promising. The E-Team proved the process by identifying three additional compounds, and continued to pursue commercial development of the process and product.
California Institute of Technology, 2000 - $14,000
This E-Team received NCIIA funding to continue work and refine prototypes on a previously funded project. The team explored various approaches to creating bubble images, and settled on a cost-effective technique that they prototyped. Patents were filed, and the developed a business plan. They developed strategic marketing relationships for a Bubble Clock as their first product.
This E-Team developed a web-based electronic community guide. The team prototyped sites in their local area and created a system that can be readily transferred to suburban and rural communities in partnership with a small local newspaper. The community guide uses an advertising and sponsorship revenue model that brings in revenues from an early stage. The project won second prize in a local business plan competition and operated a prototype system in several local communities for some time. In one location, the site had a very high usage rate (2,200 hits/week from a community or 4,400).