Wolff New Venture Competition
The Wolff New Venture Competition features 10-minute presentations by the top five entrepreneurial teams from the CCEI Summer Fellowship program, chosen on a basis of venture viability and value added to the market. A panel of venture experts decide which team deserves the Wolff Prize and the $15,000 accompanying it.
This competition is open to Summer Fellowship participants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
2017 Wolff New Venture Competition Winner
Congratulations to Eir Medical Devices lead by Kostyantyn Partola, a graduate student in the School of Engineering as well as Dr. George Lykotrafitis for winning the 2017 Wolff New Venture Competition
Eir Medical Devices developed a device designed to help physicians measure patients’ blood viscosity, a traditionally un-used, but promising indicator of cardiac risk, and health for patients on dialysis and certain types of cancers.
Wolff New Venture Competition 2017
Wolff Finalists 2017:
Eir Medical Devices: Dr. George Lykotrafitis, Faculty, School of Engineering
Kostyantyn Partola, Graduate Student, School of Engineering
Developed a device designed to help physicians measure patients’ blood viscosity, a traditionally un-used, but promising indicator of cardiac risk, and health for patients on dialysis and certain types of cancers.
Hans Health: Dr. David Han, Faculty, UConn Health
Veneta Quendro, Ph.D. Student, UConn Health
Developed a new way to provide doctors with information about the specific type of mutations causing an individual patient’s form of cancer.
NataSure: Dr. Courtney Townsel, Fellow, UConn Health
Dr. Winston Campbell, Faculty, UConn Health
Developed a new device that will replace in the treatment of cervical insufficiency, a condition that causes prevent premature birth due and miscarriage.
Potentiometric Probes: Dr. Corey Acker, Research Associate, UConn Health
Dr. Leslie Lowe, Faculty, UConn Health
Dr. Ping Yan, Research Associate, UConn Health
Created a new voltage-sensitive dye that can help medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies study electrical conductivity in cells, and test for dangerous cardiac side effects while new prescription drugs are in development.
Quantum Purification: Dong Yu, Graduate Student, School of Business
Michael Curtis, Industry Mentor
Developed a new type of filtration process to help producers of biogas – a renewable natural gas – remove damaging and toxic byproducts more cost efficiently than current solutions that limit its production and adoption as a reliable form of alternative energy.
The process started with 10 entrepreneurial teams selected by an independent pane for the CCEI Summer Fellowship Program. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the support for the university's top entrepreneurial teams to take them beyond business concepts and towards market readiness. Another purpose is to keep entrepreneurial focus on venture concepts during the summer months.
To accomplish both, CCEI provides:
- $15,000 for venture expenses
- Intensive training 3-days a week for 8 weeks
- Professional accounting and attorney services from our gracious sponsors
- Networking within the venture community