Wolff New Venture Competition

wolff 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 jennifer.murphy@uconn.edu to learn more.

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

2018 Wolff New Venture Competition Winner

Congratulations to QRFertile lead by Reza Amin and Stephanie Knowlton, a graduate students in the School of Engineering as for winning the 2018 Wolff New Venture Competition

QRFertile is an at home, affordable and easy to use test for male fertility.

Read more about QRFertile.

Reza Amin and Stephanie Knowlton

2017 Wolff New Venture Competition Winner

Congratulations to Simvize (Formally 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

Simvize (Formally 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.

Read more about Simvize

Kostyantyn Partola
Wolff Finalists

2018 Finalists

Encapsulate: Armin Tahmasbi Rad, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Engineering & Leila Daneshmandi, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Engineering

A diagnosis device to determine personalized treatment for cancer.

MycoZap: Dr. Cindy Tian, Faculty, College of Agriculture, Health, & Natural Resources & Elizabeth Johnson, Graduate Student, College of Agriculture, Health, & Natural Resources

A plant-derived antimicrobial treatment for illness in cattle caused by microplasma bovis.

QRFertile: Reza Amin, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Engineering, Stephanie Knowlton, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Engineering, & Dr. Savas Tasoglu, Faculty, School of Engineering

An in-home device to measure male fertility.

SAVKAR.AI: Dr. Amit Savkar, Faculty, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Bill Moschella, Chairman, Savkar, Inc. & David Nichols, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

A predictive analytics platform for student retention in STEM fields.

WellTech: Dr. Robert Aseltine, Faculty, UConn Health, Dr. Riddhi Doshi, Postdoctoral Fellow, UConn Health, Wenjie Wang, Graduate Student, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Madeleine Aseltine, Undergraduate Student, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, & Cal Colins, Industry Partner, CEO, OpenClinica

Tablet application to assist healthcare providers in collecting patient information to improve
quality measurement.

2017 Finalists

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 Wolff Prize is endowed through the Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Fund in Strategic Entrepreneurship, established to provide leadership for teaching and research in the field of strategic entrepreneurship. The Wolff family has a long tradition of business success, personal philanthropy, commitment to the University of Connecticut, the UConn Business School, and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. We are grateful for the support of Thomas John (1928-2008) and Bette and their three children Greg, Gary, and Debi.