Student semifinalists to compete during Entrepreneur Week


Six semifinalists vying for a total of $40,000 in startup cash in the 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition will present their ventures to a panel of judges on Monday (March 23) during Entrepreneur Week.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at The Chicory, located at 610 S. Peters St. in the Warehouse District.

Student-led teams, which include two from Tulane, will give 10-minute presentations to earn one of three slots in the final competition, scheduled for April 16.

“We have some very impressive competitors this year,” said Lina Alfieri Stern, director of operations with the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship. “These are all viable ventures from students throughout the country who have applied to the program for seed money to bring their ideas to the marketplace. We are excited to introduce them to the judges and fellow attendees at Entrepreneur Week.”

The contest, which is hosted by the A. B. Freeman School of Business and the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, seeks early-stage ventures that can adapt to customers’ needs. Two or more students enrolled in a college or university must lead the ventures.

The semifinalists include:

•  Campus Bee (Tulane), a social media platform for college communities to efficiently exchange goods.

D & P Bioinnovations (Tulane), a firm developing a medical device to regenerate a damaged esophagus.

Disease Diagnostic Group (MIT/USC/Case Western), a medical device firm specializing in rapid, accurate and inexpensive disease diagnostic tests.

eStaffMatch (Carleton University), an online marketplace that connects event staff with event organizers.

REEcycle (University of Houston), seller of reclaimed rare earth elements from magnets used in electronics and computers.

Soterias Medical (Johns Hopkins University), a firm designing a medical injection device to deliver stem cells to the skin at adjustable depths and volumes to maximize cell viability, ease of use for the physician and patient comfort.


Originally posted by The New Wave. Written by Keith Brannon.