Wolff New Venture Competition

About the Wolff New Venture Competition

The Wolff New Venture Competition features live pitches by the five top startups coming out of UConn each year.

The legwork for the Wolff New Venture Competition begins in March, where 10 startups are hand-selected by an independent panel to participate in the CCEI Summer Fellowship Program. Here, CCEI works to strengthen the support for the university's top entrepreneurial teams and take them beyond business concepts and towards market readiness.

After this eight-week accelerator, the teams present their final pitches to a panel of judges and the top five startups are selected to compete in the Wolff New Venture Competition; chosen on a basis of venture viability and value-added to the market. A panel of venture experts then decides which team deserves the Wolff New Venture Prize and the $20,000 winnings accompanying it.

The 2021 Wolff New Venture Competition will be held on October 25, 2021, from 5-7:30 pm. This event is open to the public. Please contact ccei@uconn.edu with questions.

2021 Wolff Finalists Features:

ProVelocity Bat

2021 Wolff Winners – ProVelocity Bat

Congratulations to ProVelocity Bat lead by Elijah Taitel, undergraduate student in the School of Engineering and Business as for winning the 2021 Wolff New Venture Competition

What makes the ProVelocity Bat unique is a sliding “power barrel” that releases to the impact position when a batter achieves the desired speed. If the swing is incorrect or insufficient, the batter hears only one click. A double click indicates the swing was in the targeted range. The immediate, audible feedback is one of the selling points of the device. Learn more about ProVelocity Bat.

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Nicholas Meyers & Mike Martin

2019 Wolff Winners – Phoenix Tailings

Congratulations to Phoenix Tailings for winning the 2019 Wolff New Venture Competition!

Phoenix Tailings recycles industrial mining waste that produces usable material for other industries. Learn more about Phoenix Tailings

"A startup that could rid the earth of vast cesspools of toxic sludge won UConn’s annual Wolff New Venture Competition, and a $20,000 prize, on Monday night.

The entrepreneurial competition honors some of the strongest startup programs with a UConn affiliation. All five of the teams that participated have spent at least a year refining and developing their business plans under the guidance of the School of Business’ Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation..." [read more]


Nicholas Meyers & Mike Martin

2020 Wolff Winners – Pisces Atlantic

Congratulations to Pisces Atlantic for winning the 2020 Wolff New Venture Competition!

Pisces Atlantic aims to render fishmeal-based formulations obsolete by providing species- and application- specific feed formulations that are economical, effective, and generally superior to conventional feed solutions.Learn more about Pisces Atlantic.

"It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that fish-food entrepreneur Peter Goggins ’21 (CAHNR) has reeled in the big one.

Goggins, founder of Pisces Atlantic, was the grand-prize winner of the Wolff New Venture Competition on Monday evening, and the recipient of a $20,000 prize. The annual Wolff competition celebrates five promising UConn-affiliated startups..." [read more]


Reza Amin and Stephanie Knowlton

2018 Wolff Winners – QR Fertile

Congratulations to QRFertile lead by Reza Amin and Stephanie Knowlton, 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.

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Kostyantyn Partola

2017 Wolff Winners – Simvize

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

Previous Wolff Finalists

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.

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