Meet the Spring 2017 Ventureprise Charlotte Launch Teams

March 07, 2017 at 9:14 AM

The Spring 2017 Ventureprise Charlotte Launch (VCL) I-Corps program kicked off their customer interview presentations Friday, with 9 teams representing UNC Charlotte. The accelerator is a six-week program that guides founders through the customer discovery process, in which students and faculty are provided with infrastructure, commercialization advice, training and modest funding to identify potential customers and prepare for more substantial funding. Over the course of the program, the teams engage directly with more than 100 potential customers and others to gain a better understanding needed to make a decision concerning the next step to advance their business innovation.

Meet the UNC Charlotte Teams of the VCL I-Corps Spring 2017 Cohort:

Touch N Target: Image processing device
Founders: Ron Sass & Lalitha Oruganty
School: School of Engineering

Quik Gigz: Software application based on individuals needs
Founders: Brian & Miller Anyugo
School: Belk College of Business

Mobile Navigation: Application that enables navigation within buildings
Founders: Nadia Najjar & Rohit Padma
School: College of Computing & Informatics

ReSArt: Recommender system for visual objects, such as paintings
Founders: Zbigniew Ras & Laurel Powell
School: College of Computing & Informatics

Wind Power Technology: A novel ducted turbine
Founders: Navid Goudarzi & Rohit Padma
School: College of Engineering

Creatrex Education: Edutech engineering projects
Founders: Terence Fagan & Rebecca Nelson
School: College of Engineering

Tell-I Technologies: High frequency electronic power system
Founders: Babak Parkhideh & Shahriar Nibir
School: School of Engineering

Habla: Cognitive collaboration technology
Founders: Mirsad Hadzikadic & Robert Abbot
School: College of Engineering

Polymer: Semiconductor education kits
Founders: Michael Walter & Joel Cook
School: College of Computing & Informatics

The ultimate goal of the program is to strengthen innovation-driven enterprise formation in metro Charlotte. “Its success is measured not only by the technologies that leave the labs, but how many U.S. scientists and engineers we train as entrepreneurs and how many of them pass on their knowledge to students. I-Corps is our secret weapon to integrate American innovation and entrepreneurship into every U.S. university lab,” NC IDEA Founder Steve Blank said about the program.

The participants will participate in the Spring 2017 Charlotte Venture Challenge Customer Discovery Day which will include final their final presentations followed by mentor sessions with industry relevant entrepreneurs, corporate customers and investors.

About Ventureprise Charlotte Launch
The Ventureprice Charlotte Launch is based on the proven National Science Foundation I-Corps curriculum developed at Stanford University. Ventureprise/UNC Charlotte was selected by NSF in 2015 as one of 51 universities trained to offer I-Corps to its most innovative researchers.

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