A New initiative Grant Title Creation of an E-Team Prototyping Service Center
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Grant # 462-01
PI Michael Lovell
Item $ Approved
Web development 1,000.00
Prototyping services 3,500.00
Brochures and publicity 500.00
This project incorporates E-Teams into a program focused on technical innovation. Drawing on students from business and technical disciplines and providing coursework in entrepreneurship and product development, a select group of students identified through a competition have the opportunity to pursue technology-based product and business concepts in a team setting. The curriculum is centered on a two-semester design sequence and a sequence of entrepreneurship courses offered in the business school. Interdisciplinary teams from the engineering and business schools form around product or business concepts. A previous emphasis on specific assistive and design projects for clients will be replaced by a more open-ended and commercial set of evaluation and development criteria.
Proposal seeks support for development and launch of a web based electronic community guide. The team has developed prototype sites in their local area and are planning to create a system that can be readily transferred to suburban and rural communities in partnership with a small local newspaper. The community guide has partnered in their prototype systems with a local paper that provides content. They sue 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 has had a prototype system operating in a several local communities for some time. In one locations the site had a very high usage rate (2200 hits/week from a community or 4400). Support is sought for computer equipment, web programming services, team stipends, business expenses and supplies.Item $ Requested $ ApprovedNetworked Laser Printer 2,500 0Web Development/Programming Services 8,500 3,300ECG Team Members Stipends 5,000 0Domain Name Renewals and Expansions 800 800Office Supplies 500 500Intern Stipends 1,500 1,500Annual Hosting Service Fees 599 600Info USA Business Listing Directory 600 600Total $19,999 7300The proposal was originally submitted as a replacement for a previous proposal ShopLoco # which was abandoned before the $ was used. They have requested more than the account balance as an additional grant. The project has come a long way. They are operating in a very crowded space, but have identified a niche (suburban / rural) that the larger players have ignored so far with their regional sites. The focus on local politics, issues and information supported by local advertisers, primarily small businesses, could be challenging, but may be worth a try. The team is highly motivated and has strong recommendations.
This grant supports the development of a new step-in telemark ski binding. Using NCIIA funding the team will further develop and refine a design for a binding that improves on existing technology to provide a superior step-in binding with few moving parts, low weight and applicability to both lift area and backcountry situations. The members of the team include dedicated teleskiers and a group of advisors with appropriate experience and connections. The team will build and test prototypes, develop a market survey and business plan, explore IP opportunities, and ultimately launch the product.
This grant supports the development of a prototype for a small, portable, battery-powered cooler for transporting heat- and cold-sensitive materials such as insulin for periods greater than forty-eight hours. The device will be cost competitive with existing coolers using cooler packs, and will offer greater temperature control, longer storage, and additional features, such as a syringe and blood sugar measuring equipment compartment. The market is projected to be 50 -100K units based on diabetic usage in the US. The E-Team is composed of five biomedical engineering students and faculty advisors from the department. The team is working with two companies that manufacture the key components of the device, a thermoelectric cooling system and moldable paraffin insulation.
This grant project introduces an E-Team approach to the Computer Science Department's Senior Project class, with the objective of ultimately merging the class with the combined Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering course supported by previous NCIIA grants. The teams will develop, prototype and lay out a business strategy for their ideas in the spring semester. The teams will have mentoring faculty with a specialty in the area of development, active mentoring from an outside industry advisor, and access to extensive on-campus computing resources. Teams will present their ideas at the end of the course
This E-Team received a grant to design and prototype an outdoor "café" chair made from a new material called Supramics, a composite made principally of flyash and sawdust combined under pressure in the presence of supercritical CO2. The team leader is an advanced graduate student with substantial experience in furniture and materials design. He has put together a strong team and obtained the assistance of the owner of the technology to be used for design and prototyping. The target market is inexpensive outdoor furniture, a very large commodity market. The proposed product is designed to be more durable, heftier, and more attractive than existing products. The work plan involves design of the chair, prototyping in various materials, construction of molds and prototyping the finished product
This project supports the work of teams within a newly modified intensive first-year management curriculum. The program provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop and plan a new business venture in a team setting over the two years of their MBA program. The Forum (as the program is called) provides self-directed team experiences with a focus on E-business creation (although any opportunity is open). Students are encouraged to form teams and pursue ideas of their own creation or those suggested by alumni or sponsors. Outside speakers and consultants participate. Teams develop ideas, work closely with a research librarian to do an industry survey, and write business plans. The first year culminates in a presentation of the business plan to a group of venture capitalists. Successful projects can continue in the second year as the focus of work in an entrepreneurship class and as an independent study under two faculty advisors. Long-term plans for the development of an incubator are underway, in collaboration with the medical and engineering schools.
This grant supported the prototyping, further development, and commercialization planning of a gamma imaging system to assess the risk of coronary artery disease. The system, based on new gamma imaging sensor technology, is intended to compete with existing technologies such as stress testing, EKG and ECT imaging by providing a lower-cost, higher-resolution test.
Update: The team has incorporated as NeoMed Technologies, secured two patents and received over $700k in funding.
The Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs) program, the nation's first living-learning entrepreneurship initiative, brings students together from diverse majors to learn how to start their own businesses. A specialized, high-technology "e-Dorm," seminars and workshops from venture capitalists and successful businesspersons, industry-student mentoring, and unique entrepreneurship education courses give students a stimulating and supportive environment in which to dream and realize their ideas. The program culminates in a business plan for each new student venture and assistance in obtaining financing.
For more information about the program, visit the Hinman CEOs website