2011 Competition Winners
Congratulations to the WINNERS of the
UC Berkeley Startup Competition!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Intimal Solutions
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PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: Imprint Energy
ELEVATOR PITCH WINNER: Inserogen
2011 Competition Finalists
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2011 Competition Semi-Finalists
SOULCRAFTED, RARE, TRADITION, TIMELESS QUALITY, MODERN DESIGN. 27bones is dedicated to design and craft high-end, individual-edition pieces: clothing, shoes, leather goods and accessories. Our products are rooted in meticulous attention to detail, craftsmanship, uniqueness and experimentalism. With tradition as inspiration, our collaborative designers push the boundaries of modern and creative thinking through unique product concepts. We take our name from the 27 bones that make up the human hand; the starting point of our stories...
Afford Efficiency (“AE”) is building a web application to lower the cost and complexity of energy-saving projects for residential and commercial buildings by assisting property owners in navigating the complex multi-billion dollar landscape of energy incentives
Axis is a sports safety equipment corporation that has developed a proprietary spinal safety vest that protects the spine of participants in high risk sports. Our innovative vest addresses the shortfalls of the current market, namely comprehensive spinal safety, blunt force trauma prevention, and flexibility for the wearer. Axis vests are made with intelligent polymer gels, which move freely with the body as it moves, but upon impact instantaneously lock together to absorb shock.
CardioPaint has created the next generation of biomedical imaging tools that can, for the first time, visualize the cause of a heart attack in emergency settings. Our technology will recover billions of wasted healthcare dollars by defining which of the millions of patients with suspected heart attack are truly in need of treatment.
CheckEt is a customer-review platform that improves the shopping experience with a smartphone application. CheckEt's competitive advantage is its focus on creating a consumer-generated community of product reviews that empowers users and informs retailers. Using a bar-code application CheckEt offers a system that includes rankings and graphic analytics. This focus also makes the monetization strategy especially strong. With 70% of Americans consulting product reviews before buying, CheckEt stays attractive by focusing on the opinion-sharing niche.
CollegeOnTrack believes every high school student who dreams of college should be able to go. We're helping them do better college planning. Our product empowers student-family-counselor teams to find suitable schools, ranking chances for admission to each, and gathering deadlines so they’re readily managed. Collaboration tools help teams strategize on how to stand out. Writing tools help develop strong essays. We cut the anxiety, so families enjoy their students’ last years at home.
dishCheck.in (formerly FoodEngine) is a platform is for people who dine out to rate specific restaurant dishes on a mobile application. With the ratings, diners can become local dish experts, and get expert-weighted ratings for individual menu items. A public site will house a leader board of dish-experts and best dishes to add a game element to the existing social dining experience, fueling more participation. Finally, we'll be able to answer the question, “what's good here?”
EasyParkingSpot matches the unstructured parking-spot supply with the demand for parking in medium and big cities. Our service creates a new supply of parking capacity by offering new revenue to non-professional parking lot owners with an innovative and hassle-free metering system and aggregates demand offering a convenient experience to end users both for in advance reservation and unplanned (mobile) parking.
Intello Bed is a novel hospital bed designed to take care of all the needs of the hospital from the time patient comes to the hospital by being a stretcher which can later be converted into a bed. The design makes the patient transfer quick, easy and effective which is otherwise a tedious task. Its unique business model would enable the penetration of the bed to a much higher population than an ordinary bed would.
Gram Power is commercializing a technology and distribution strategy to radically improve energy accessibility in the $11.6 billion rural energy market. Our patent pending micro storage system and innovative rental plan that targets the user's disposable income without burdening financial savings can create low cost energy access for the 2.6 billion people in the world living without reliable power.
HealthCrowd is a mobile platform for large-scale population health management. HealthCrowd’s innovative technology will deliver measurable improvement in patient adherence and health outcomes while saving Forbes 2000 employers millions of dollars annually.
Imprint Energy is a UC Berkeley spin-out that aims to enable new forms of high performance energy storage using conventional printing equipment. Imprint Energy's battery is the first entirely printed rechargeable battery and offers the highest energy density at the lowest cost of any thin-format battery technology. Imprint Energy's proprietary electrochemical inks and novel manufacturing approach enable batteries that are thin, flexible, lightweight, and require minimal packaging. With these batteries, Imprint Energy can revolutionize the flexible media (including flexible displays and circuits, smart cards, e-clothing and e-packaging) and flexible solar markets.
Inserogen is a biotech company that aims to commercialize SwiftVax, a technology that enables the use of non-transgenic tobacco plants as protein biofactories. This proprietary technology platform is a disruptive innovation that can revolutionize biomanufacturing. Our capabilities of high-volume, cost-efficient, and accelerated manufacturing would enable the production of live saving vaccines in response to outbreaks, such as the H1N1 pandemic. The SwiftVax manufacturing platform can be customized for production of any high-value recombinant protein, and it would enable new markets in both developed and developing countries.
Intimal Solutions is developing a catheter-based technology to treat the valvular pathophysiology of chronic deep venous insufficiency, a disease that causes painful ulcers. Currently, the standard of care is strictly palliative (compression therapy and wound care), which costs the US health care system roughly $12,000 per ulcer and $1.4B annually. Intimal Solutions’ therapeutic technology has the potential to be the standard of care for this patient population in desperate need of a better solution.
Mobile phones are more accessible in emerging markets than clean water or electricity. With mobile money services like M-Pesa in Kenya becoming more prominent by the day, it's now possible to extend robust financial services to the poor via simple text messages. To do so, however, institutions that serve the poor need an affordable way to integrate with mobile money systems. Our mission is to make that integration as simple and accessible as possible.
Laparobotics aims to bridge the gap between a $1.5 million surgical robot system and traditional laparoscopic procedures in terms of recovery time, cost and efficacy.
Let's To-Do This
Let's To-Do This is a social platform that harnesses your personal network to achieve ultimate productivity. We provide a task management tool that utilizes productive peer pressure to motivate and push students to achieve. Users can seek and give help from their friends and peers in completing tasks by broadcasting their needs to their network. We aim to be the go-to hub for university and college students around the world. Students from different universities can ask and answer questions on related schoolwork, ushering in a new era of social academic collaboration.
Life Sea Ltd
Life Sea Ltd is a marine biotechnology company involved in the intensive cultivation and processing of marine products. In the first stage Life Sea will focus on green seaweed variety Ulva. Ulva based products include food, feed, pharmaceuticals and energy products. We believe in the sustainable industry. Producing seaweeds we reduce the CO2 emission; furthermore we reduce the usage of agricultural land and drinking water for the production of feed and food.
myChef (www.mychefonline.com) is an online cooking resource for a new generation of home chefs: young professional females who, despite their hectic lives, want to cook at home. For those at a loss for what to cook and how to cook it, myChef comes to the rescue. myChef first learns about each user’s tastes, allergies, and skill level and then provides personalized recipes, menus and shopping lists. Using Pandora-esque personalization and content-discovery, myChef makes delicious doable.
Commercial buildings are some of the largest energy consumers in the world with energy bills of $107B in the US annually. Currently, facility mangers neither have insight into the detailed energy consumption patterns within their buildings nor the ability to automate management. OpenBEMS (Open Building Energy Management System) is an Internet-based platform providing a detailed real-time view of the energy consumption of a building as well as revealing faults and areas for optimization. The prototype on which OpenBEMS is based reduced energy consumption by over 25% in UC-Berkeley buildings. Moreover, OpenBEMS provides an open platform for additional applications including anomaly detection, user-controlled comfort settings, dynamic HVAC scheduling, and real-time demand response.
PDx (formerly SleepLab) aims to provide convenient and cost-effective solutions to diagnose both adult and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), all in the comfort of your home. OSA impacts millions of people, significantly reducing their quality of life, and is correlated with serious chronic diseases. Existing at-home diagnostic solutions are bulky or unreliable. PDx's mission is to deliver complementary products and services that enable accurate at-home assessment of OSA without interfering with your life.
Picatcha (formerly Picturesque) monetizes image-identification CAPTCHAs through targeted advertising. It is specifically designed for mobile devices where traditional text based CAPTCHAs are ill-suited. Our solution allows any site that utiltizes CAPTCHAs to serve advertisements to users via image CAPTCHAs. Our solution benefits client sites by offering effective CAPTCHA functionality, a targeted advertising opportunity and/or a revenue opportunity. It benefits users by offering a less frustrating and potentially enjoyable CAPTCHA experience where CAPTCHAs are necessary.
PitchBox turns your tablet into the ultimate sales tool. By providing salespeople with a dynamic way to interact with deep product and catalog information, PitchBox provides an enhanced sales experience and helps salespeople strengthen their client relations. Features for each PitchBox application will address industry-specific needs with regards to different types of sales, ranging from car sales to medical device sales and more. PitchBox aims to change the nature of sales into a more collaborative experience.
RealMealz simplifies home meal planning by using web technology to combine proprietary supermarket data with collaborative social networks. Our Plan-Shop-Cook process provides busy families and singletons a custom and stress-free way to create fast, simple, and healthy meals like a pro. RealMealz is the only free-to-consumer meal planner that provides advanced tools, like healthy meal recommendations and local supermarket inventory, pricing, and aisle maps. Simplify your meals and make healthy choices today with RealMealz.
Residential Integrated Ventilation Controller (RIVEC)
Residential Integrated Ventilation Controller (RIVEC) RIVEC is the next generation of residential ventilation and air quality control: a networked system that optimizes energy usage and air flows to reduce dangerous contaminants like VOC's while saving customers and utilities money. Tighter home construction, weatherization retrofits and stricter regulations all necessitate more advanced ventilation solutions. The RIVEC model can be adapted as both a software solution compatible with other home energy management systems or a stand alone hardware and software solution that works with existing home fans.
Sansfil Global, Inc.
Sansfil Global, Inc. is a start-up company that is securing licenses for radio frequency spectrum in West African nations. It will use those licenses to joint venture with major international operators to deploy advanced wireless broadband systems in as many as seventeen countries in the region. The status of Internet in West Africa offers Sansfil Global a unique opportunity to be part of this “first-to-market” broadband system in a region of explosive Internet growth.
simplynk is a location-based professional networking platform that makes networking simple and rewarding.
Originating from research at UC Berkeley, SmartSense Energy is commercializing a first-in-class sensing solution for use on underground electricity networks. With electricity outages costing the US economy over $100B each year, utilities are searching for solutions to improve reliability and visibility in their networks. By introducing the first wireless sensors that predict as well as locate faults on underground cables, SmartSense enables utilities to proactively manage their underground networks, unlocking significant savings and improving reliability.
StuffSolver (formerly Aeki) offers a convenient online platform for buyers and sellers of quality, used large household items. The all-in-one service includes transportation, storage, and a simple online transaction interface. To provide this service at a low cost, StuffSolver relies on a pool of local transportation freelancers and excess local storage capacity. Professional used items stores have access to the platform, giving StuffSolver customers an even wider range of products.
The Social Catalyst
The Social Catalyst brings the power of peer accountability and transparency online for challenges sponsored by brands. By combining game mechanics, social psychology, and engagement algorithms with people’s existing social graph, The Social Catalyst delivers an exciting new platform that enables brand managers to quickly and superbly deploy best in class challenges that drive behavior to help customers achieve the brand promise. This more meaningful brand experience translates into higher customer conversion, retention and advocacy.
SpaNess is a web-based company which provides a marketplace interchange for Spa providers to match excess capacity with consumer demand. SpaNess is a Hotwire.com for the Spa & Wellness Industry. SpaNess will enable Spa Providers to market to a much larger consumer base and sell appointments/excess capacity that would otherwise go unused, increasing revenues and profits. Spa Consumers will be able to locate, compare, and book spa services at substantially discounted rates in real time.
Temperon is developing a treatment for alcoholism, which afflicts approximately 76M people worldwide, yet few treatment options exist. For near term income and partnering, we currently provide advanced screening services to pharmaceutical companies. Our proprietary screen determines the functional activity of compounds in neuronal tissue better than any high throughput screening. These services will enable pharmaceutical companies to more accurately predict which lead compounds hold promise prior to investing in more expensive preclinical studies.
Valitor, Inc. is a biologics-based drug optimization company. Using our core technologies, we can chemically modify existing biologic drug compounds to achieve substantial control over their pharmacokinetics, target specificity, and enhance efficacy. Our mission is to apply these capabilities to develop advanced biologic therapies that will considerably lower the costs associated with important disease targets by reducing the clinical effort required for effective treatment.
vEDA - The EDA cloud
vEDA provides affordable cloud based pay-as-you-go Integrated Hardware Design Platform for small and medium size Semiconductor startups. Our proprietary “Tools-as-a-service” (TAAS) platform enables our customers to design, develop, trade, rent, customize and sell semiconductor component design. Our vision at vEDA is to empower every dreamer who wants to design “next big” component for smart phone or solar panel or anything else they fancy by providing one stop-shop for all their design needs.
ZaaKta is developing a web-based marketplace that brings together customers, technology experts, contractors, and financiers to implement energy efficiency projects. This platform will target under-served markets that either lack direct funds to invest in these projects or the necessary scale or scope to attract interest from current energy service companies or utilities for financing. The potential annual market for this platform could be around $22B.