Stage 1 E-Teams

NCIIA defines an E-Team as a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty, and industry mentors working together to bring a technology-based invention (product or service) to market. The "E" stands for entrepreneurship.

NCIIA's E-Team Program provides early-stage support and funding for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. Grantees receive expert entrepreneurial and venture coaching and training to help realize the commercial success of their technology inventions and innovations.

Stage 1 E-Team Grantees receive $5,000 to attend a three-day NCIIA strategy-mapping workshop to develop a sustainable business strategy and set milestones for advancing towards commercial readiness.

Aida - Independence Through Assistive Technology

Johns Hopkins University, $5,000
Developing the Antionette, a robotic assistive eating device that uses a custom utensil, providing users with limited mobility the ability to eat independently.

Amplify Diagnostics

Harvard University, $5,000
A novel point-of-care service that accurately and affordably assesses diabetic fool ulcers with a mobile phone.


Northwestern University, $5,000
Developing SafeSnips, a device that will provide surgeons with real-time information about the surgical field as they operate, allowing them to navigate vasculature and alerting them to the presence of a sensitive artery or vein before a dangerous cut is made.


Stanford University, $5,000
Developing a suite of products to improve the quality of life of children and families affected by pediatric sleep disorders.

Contour Medical

North Carolina State University, $5,000
Almost half of the patients experience chronic post-surgical pain after a thoracotomy--a surgical procedure in which a surgeon spreads a patient’s ribs to gain access to target organs. This team is developing a rib retractor that conforms to the shape of each patient’s body in order to reduce applied forces along the ribs and improve outcomes.

Elegus Technologies

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, $5,000
A new ion-conducting membrane (ICM) for lithium-air batteries that should be a marked safety improvement.


Northwestern University, $5,000
A solution for ostomates--people who must collect bodily waste in external pouches--that reduces discomfort and embarrassment from pouch ballooning and gas odor.


Yale University, $5,000
A portable device that can detect low amounts of bacteria in large volmues of liquid faster and cheaper than current methods.

Inkjet Printed Diagnostic Test Strips: Improving Livelihoods and Access to Healthcare

Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus, $5,000
Low-cost urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnostic test strips that can be manufactured for less than two cents each by using a regular inkjet printer.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, $5,000
Developing an easy-to-use, highly accurate circadian research tool consisting of specially modified eye-glass frames that resolve light intensity in the vicinity of the eye as a function of wavelength.

Neptune Diagnostics / B&F Alert

University of California, Irvine, $5,000
A molecular diagnostic test to detect the bacteria that cause bulking and foaming conditions in wastewater treatment plants.

New Mexico Tech Reduced-Cost Heliostat

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, $5,000
A more cost-effective and mobile heliostat that uses water-ballast technology to make it economically competitive with fossil fuels.

Recon Therapeutics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $5,000
A new drug delivery technology that will simplify drug reconstitution between a lyophilized (freeze-dried) drug and water at the point of care. It is designed for patients who regularly inject lyophilized drugs such as hCG, insulin or HGH.

Siren Weather Analysis Application

University of Oklahoma, $5,000
A tool built to prevent weather-related accidents within the trucking industry by automatically alerting dispatchers of weather conditions that might adversely affect the trucks they are responsible for.

Stasys: A Device-Based Treatment for Type II Diabetes

Johns Hopkins University, $5,000
Gastric bypass surgery leads to the remission of type II diabetes in up to 98% of patients, but it is invasive. This team is developing a less invasive solution which mimics the therapeutic effects of surgery by preventing absorption of nutrients in the proximal gut and blocking key hormonal pathways, leading to diabetic remission.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, $5,000
Simple and affordable anaerobic digesters for small dairy farms, transforming manure into a homegrown, renewable energy source.