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NCIIA teams win $200K at MassChallenge!

Great news! The three NCIIA teams in the MassChallenge 2011 finals have won  $200,000! The winners were announced last night (Oct. 24). Read the article at Bostinnovation.

About the teams:

Sanergy, 2010 Sustainable Vision grantee from MIT
Sanergy makes it profitable to provide sanitation services in urban slums. This team has designed, constructed and implemented a pilot modular low-cost sanitation facility customized for the residents of two slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Two low-cost technologies are the centerpiece: a prefabricated ferro-cement toilet and a bicycle-powered exhaustion pump for pit latrines. These technologies are combined with a micro-franchised network of sanitation centers, low-cost waste collection infrastructure, and a centralized processing facility that converts waste into biogas, electricity, and fertilizer that is sold commercially.

SmarterShade (Lono LLC), 2007 E-Team from the University of Notre Dame
SmarterShade makes it possible to electronically darken a window with the flip of a switch. Using a remote control, the customer can adjust the level of tinting from clear to opaque. SolarShade itself is a lightweight, semi-rigid sheet of plastic made from offset planes of polarized material. The sheet can be manufactured to fit into any existing window track or frame, right over the window itself. The team has since incorporated as Lono LLC.

Therapeutic Systems, 2007 E-Team from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Therapeutic System’s Vayu vest is a portable sensory solution for children with autism, so they can participate in life more fully. Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) is a method of treating people with mental illness that involves applying firm pressure to the chest, much like the feeling of a hug. DPTS is most often applied passively, using simple weighted vests and toys. This E-Team is developing a DPTS system with more user control: the inflatable Vayu system can be inserted into any off-the-shelf vest and can safely apply a range of pressure, helping people cope with their anxiety.

Last year, two NCIIA E-Teams, Sproxil and OsmoPure, made the final, with OsmoPure winning $100,000!

Three NCIIA teams in running for MassChallenge $1 million

Three NCIIA grantee teams are finalists at MassChallenge 2011, and will compete with 23 other teams for a share of $1 million. The teams are:

Sanergy, 2010 Sustainable Vision grantee from MIT
Sanergy makes it profitable to provide sanitation services in urban slums. This team has designed, constructed and implemented a pilot modular low-cost sanitation facility customized for the residents of two slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Two low-cost technologies are the centerpiece: a prefabricated ferro-cement toilet and a bicycle-powered exhaustion pump for pit latrines. These technologies are combined with a micro-franchised network of sanitation centers, low-cost waste collection infrastructure, and a centralized processing facility that converts waste into biogas, electricity, and fertilizer that is sold commercially.

SmarterShade (Lono LLC), 2007 E-Team from the University of Notre Dame
SmarterShade makes it possible to electronically darken a window with the flip of a switch. Using a remote control, the customer can adjust the level of tinting from clear to opaque. SolarShade itself is a lightweight, semi-rigid sheet of plastic made from offset planes of polarized material. The sheet can be manufactured to fit into any existing window track or frame, right over the window itself. The team has since incorporated as Lono LLC.

Therapeutic Systems, 2007 E-Team from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Therapeutic System’s Vayu vest is a portable sensory solution for children with autism, so they can participate in life more fully. Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) is a method of treating people with mental illness that involves applying firm pressure to the chest, much like the feeling of a hug. DPTS is most often applied passively, using simple weighted vests and toys. This E-Team is developing a DPTS system with more user control: the inflatable Vayu system can be inserted into any off-the-shelf vest and can safely apply a range of pressure, helping people cope with their anxiety.

MassChallenge seeks to identify and accelerate high potential new busnesses from around the US. Last year, two NCIIA E-Teams, Sproxil and OsmoPure, made the final, with OsmoPure winning $100,000! 

NCIIA companies in the news....

Some more great results from former E-Teams!

Ecotech Marine's Vortechs filtration system is being used by the Smithsonian for its 2,000 gallon reef display.

Therapeutic Systems has launched rental and rent-to-own programs to make its $2,000 Vayu vest—designed to help calm and ground autistic children—more affordable.

See more NCIIA companies.

 

Therapeutic Systems featured in Boston Herald start-up series

Former E-Team Therapeutic Systems, based in Amherst, MA, is being featured by the Boston Herald in an ongoing series on emerging startups. Read the first two stories:

Therapeutic Systems, which has developed a new therapy for people suffering from autism, received a $16,500 E-Team grant from NCIIA in 2007, and received an investment from NCIIA's investment arm, VentureWell, in 2010. They were a MassChallenge finalist in 2011.

Grantee news: Student ventures building momentum

More good news from some of our former E-Teams.

 

Sproxil, which is tackling the problem of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs in Africa using SMS, has expanded into India.

Therapeutic Systems is about to start clinical trials for its autism treatment vest.

Solar Ivy is growing, adding new installations and clients.

 

Former E-Team gets VentureWell Investment

Former E-Team Therapeutic Systems is the second student venture to receive investment funds from NCIIA's venture development company, VentureWell.

Therapeutic Systems, which formed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,  has developed a new therapy system - a wearable vest - for people with autism. The vest system provides a therapy known as Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) that treats people by applying firm pressure to the chest, much like the feeling of a hug. The vest offers users much more control over the sensation they seek: the inflatable system can be inserted into any off-the-shelf vest and can safely apply a range of pressure. Autism is an increasingly diagnosed condition in the US: one in every 110 children will have the condition.

Therapeutic Systems was considered for VentureWell investment after progressing through NCIIA's venture development program. As a student team, Therapeutic Systems particpated in the 2005 BMEIdea competition, the Invention to Venture and Advanced I2V workshops, received an E-Team grant in 2007 and presented at the 2009 March Madness for the Mind showcase of student innovation.

Earlier in the year, VentureWell made its first investment in former E-Team Whole Tree.

 

Therapeutic Systems

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2007 - $16,500

Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) is a method of treating people with mental illness that involves applying firm pressure to the chest, much like the feeling of a hug. DPTS is most often applied passively, using simple weighted vests and toys. This E-Team is developing a DPTS system with more user control: the inflatable system can be inserted into any off-the-shelf vest and can safely apply a range of pressure, helping people cope with their anxiety. The team is also looking into developing a weighted blanket for people with chronic sleep problems.

For the vest, the team is targeting the parents and caregivers of children with autism and ADHD. They have partnered with Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Massachusetts and a local preschool for kids with mental illness, developed an alpha prototype, conducted market research, secured a provisional patent, and written a business plan. With this grant the team will develop and test a beta prototype and continue business development.

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