ACC InVenture Prize 2016

Read up on all the inaugural ACC InVenture Prize competition finalists below. Congratulations to the first-place winners, BioMetrix from Duke University, the second-place winners, Contraline from University of Virginia, and the People's Choice Award winners, FireHUD from Georgia Tech.

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Competing Teams

Duke University
First Place Winner
BioMetrix is simply an easy to use solution to keep teams healthier longer.
Gabrielle Levac
Statistical Science
Ivonna Dumanyan
Mechanical Engineering
University of Virginia
Second Place Winner
Contraline is developing a novel male contraceptive that lasts years, is reversible, and does not require surgery to insert.
Melissa Skoff
Biomedical Engineering
Andrew Portell
Biomedical Engineering
Christopher Winans
Biomedical Engineering
Brittainy Hereford
Biomedical Engineering
Kevin Eisenfrats
Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Tech
People's Choice Winner
FireHUD is a real time monitoring system and Head Up Display (HUD) that displays biometric and environmental data to firefighters and outside officials.
Zachary Braun
Computer Engineering
Tyler Sisk
Electrical Engineering
Banco de Alimentos Panama
University of Notre Dame
Banco de Alimentos Panama is an organization affiliated to the Global Food Banking Network that collects, classifies and distributes food that would otherwise be wasted or destroyed to Panamanians living in extreme poverty.
Enrique Marquez
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Maria Veronica Marquez
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
University of North Carolina
CommuniGift is an invitation and gift-purchasing platform that enables birthday children to invite their guests to gift to a child in need.
Thomas Docohin
Public Policy
John Wohlfert
Business Administration
Zach Newbauer
Literature, Media, and Communication
University of Louisville
An electric bicycle with solar charging racks rental service for universities and corporations will ease the burden of transportation while supporting green efforts. 
Michael Crabtree
Business Administration
Dennis Barrett
EZ Cork
Wake Forest University
EZ Cork is an innovative wine opening solution that eliminates the need for additional tools and aftermarket wine stoppers.
Arthur Willson
Business & Enterprise Management
Hannah Shows
Boston College
Mocean is a real-time music application that enables anyone to become a live and interactive radio station by playing music from their favorite music streaming service.
Anders Bill
Christian Nicholson
Information Systems and International Studies
Mike Gordon
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Ryan Greenwell
Jeffrey Sabo
University of Pittsburgh
POD is a portable oxygen delivery system that uses porous materials to concentrate a 1 hour supply of oxygen in a standard aluminum can, offering patients freedom from their traditional, bulky, dangerous, high-pressure tanks.
Blake Dube
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Mark Spitz
Exercise Science
Syracuse University
PowerSpike is an online marketplace which connects Streamers, eSports Organizations and Sponsors under one platform.
Angelo Damiano
Business Administration
Michael Paris
Communications Design
University of Miami
Royal is a new platform that turns customer's existing credit and debit cards into universal cash-back loyalty cards.  
Herwig Konings
Business Administration
Connor Masterson
Business Administration
Schlageter Packaging
A replacement for styrofoam in the $2.96 billion cold chain packaging market.
John Cullen Schlageter
Packaging Science
North Carolina State University
Trakex develops the most versatile dimensioning technology for the trucking industry.
Moaad Benkaraache
Industrial Engineering
Tayyab Hussain
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Unhoused Humanity, Inc.
Florida State University
Unhoused Humanity is a 501(c)3 organization that leverages crowdfunding to help homeless individuals/families with stable incomes who cannot afford their initial move-in costs.
Ramon Aleman
Daren McCurdy
International Affairs
Yard Mapper
Virginia Tech
Yard Mapper uses Bluetooth to keep track of semi-truck trailers at distribution centers.
Patrick Acker
Industrial Engineering
David Evans
Electrical Engineering


Vivienne Goldstein
Global Director, Innovation Acceleration at GE and Co-Founder, FastWorks
Doron Weber
Vice President, Programs & Program Director for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Ashley Mengwasser
Faith Salie