Stage 2 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 2 E-Team Grantees have completed Stage 1 training and then applied to receive additional funding of up to $20,000. In addition to support for their invention, NCIIA provides intensive training to further refine business strategy and a sustainable business model. Tactical coaching from NCIIA follows the workshop, guiding the team to successful completion of new milestones.

Fostail BioSystems Corporation

University of Idaho, $20,000
A new technology that significantly improves the production of ethanol by reducing fermentation time from days to hours and increasing ethanol yield by 5%.


University of California, Berkeley, $19,997
A means of administering drugs and nutrients to breastfeeding infants in developing countries via disintegrating tablets.


University of Virginia, $20,000
A new point-of-use water filtering technology for the developing world that consists of a porous ceramic disk that releases silver at a controlled rate, eliminating microbial pathogens.


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, $20,000
The first non-toxic flame retardant alternative to HBCD, a toxic flame retardant recently banned by over 160 countries at the United Nation's Stockholm Convention.

MoboSens (Formerly Freyr Tech)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, $20,000
A platform that allows farmers in both developed and developing countries to optimize their use of nitrogen fertilizer.

Sintact Medical Systems, LLC (Formerly PXAD Therapeutic Films)

Northwestern University, $19,978
A special polymer film implanted into a patient’s body after surgery to make sure tissues stay separate and don’t form adhesions--internal scars that extend from one tissue to another and cause post-surgical complications.


Purdue University, $20,000
A device that can provide comprehensive information on the condition of a patient’s artery wall—particularly core plaque—in vivo, revolutionizing atherosclerosis diagnosis and treatment.