The inaugural launch of the CCEI Summer Fellowship program concluded on August 4, 2016, with presentations from the 10 participating teams, a word of thanks and appreciation to our entrepreneur-in-residences, and the presentation of the first-ever FCP Euro Prize in Entrepreneurship. 27 teams applied to the Summer Fellowship program. 10 teams were selected. These teams represent some of the best entrepreneurs from across the colleges and schools at UConn.
Teams represented Engineering, in Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering; CLAS in Marine Sciences, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Chemistry, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Health - in Dental Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgeries; Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics; and Business in Management and Marketing.
The top 5 teams were selected to move on to compete at the Wolff New Venture Competition to be held on September 29, 2016.
Congratulations to the top 5 teams
Eleframes - Rosse Gates and Gazment Sosoli
EVA Systems - Joseph Warren and Penny Vlahos
LambdaVision - Nicole Wagner, Jordan Greco, Audrey Gallo, and Molly Zgoda
Oral Fluid Dynamics - Robert Kelly and Gopinath Rajadinakaran
Protectiscope - Elizabeth Pouya
A special congratulations to Elizabeth Pouya of Protectiscope who was the top team and was awarded the FCP Euro Prize in Entrepreneurship.
A huge thanks to our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and UConn Alumni who graciously donated hours and hours of their time and experience to these teams throughout the summer, attending sessions every week, providing mentoring support by phone, email, and in person to teams as needed, and lastly by opening their businesses to the teams for field study, as teams took to the road, in August and got to experience first hand the hard work it takes to be successful, exploring both FCP Euro in Milford and Tea-rrific Ice Cream in Milford. Scott Drozd of FCP Euro, Mario Leite of Tea-rrific Ice Cream, and Rick Kollmeyer of Blue Edge Labs - Thank you!