1st Place: Memorable Care, $5,000; Photolytics
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Catherine (Katie) DeLuca ’17 College of Nursing, became one of the inaugural Villanova Freshman Match research students, looking at high school students’ internet behavior, which turned into a full-time research assistant position. Katie was a proud representative of the University and the College of Nursing at the Eastern Nurses Research Society’s 29th annual scientific conference in April 2017.
Eric Galko ’17 Charles Widger School of Law, has built a premier NFL scouting service and trusted media brand through his venture, Optimum Scouting. He has participated in the Last School’s Clinic for Law & Entrepreneurship, successfully competed in competitions and made contributions to the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium.
Hoseuk (Andrew) Kim ’17 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is Treasurer of the Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Team, two organizations he has been heavily involved with throughout his time at Villanova. An Economics major, Andrew was a part of the introductory class of Forbes Under 30 Scholars program in 2016.
Vanessa Kungne ’17 College of Engineering, started her own tea company, Afya Tea, which helps people suffering from diabetes. A Chemical Engineering graduate student from Cameroon, Vanessa was named to Forbes Magazine Africa 30 under 30 in 2016.
Kevin Minbiole, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Has focused a large portion of his research on the shortcomings of modern infection control. His work in this space has led to the creation of a startup, NovaLyse Biosolutions. Dr. Minbiole’s work has also led to three patent application and several provisional patents.
Chinasa Nwokocha ’17 School of Business, successfully launched a t-shirt brand, Ataria NYC, as a freshman which has seen significant growth over the course of three years. Chinasa has embarked on other initiatives, such as her “Don’t be Afraid” mentorship program in New York City and launching a YouTube series.
Stephen Werpehowski ’17 College of Professional Studies, has completed several research initiatives, including an eye tracker that appends to Google Glass to operate a robotic arm based on subtle eye movement. Stephen’s work has also focused on software development using Oculus Rift and Villanova’s Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.
In 2009, the Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition was founded by two engineering graduate students, Ronald Warzoha and Timothy Montalbano. Created as an extracurricular, entrepreneurial experience exclusive to University students, the competition runs the course of one semester, allowing students across various academic disciplines to collaborate and develop innovative ideas that seek to fill a need in today’s world. The competition is organized by the University’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Warzoha and Beyond Ideas, a campus-wide committee comprised of staff and faculty representatives.
Participating students work together and communicate via IdeaBounce®, an online software platform used to develop ideas, pool resources and submit finalized proposals. Submissions begin with a brief summary and “elevator pitch,” followed by an executive summary several weeks later. The finalists which advance through these preliminary rounds pitch their ideas in a live, board-room setting to investors on Pitch Day, making the competition all the more reflective of today’s work environment.
Finalists can be awarded prize money for various reasons, with the top teams winning a combined $10,000, and participants network and receive mentoring from current entrepreneurs throughout the competition’s duration. The realistic, fast-paced environment fostered during VSEC allows students to develop their creative ideas, hone their specialties and learn various methods and processes that go into an entrepreneurial venture in today’s market.
II Luscri, Executive Director, ICE Institute
Note: Teams can place in the top 3 and still win categorical prizes for the opportunity to win more prize money.
Any questions, please email ICE@villanova.edu.