Big Winners in UVa Business Competition

November 16, 2012

The big winner of the UVa Entrepreneurship Cup was "PhageFlag" a rapid diagnostic test for bacterial diseases. The seven students from UVa Health Systems who collaborated on the project will share $20,000 in prize money.

Eight teams of students from different departments at UVa presented to a four-judge panel on Friday. "The competition is to encourage activity, tolerance of business risk and encourage the habit of entrepreneurship in the UVa community and central Virginia community at large," said Michael Straightiff, director of UVa Licensing and Ventures Group.

PhD student, Mindy Moran, presented a machine-learning tool that facilitates customized instruction. "There are a lot of big brains here so it was fun to hear how other fields at UVa look at things and how the world works," Moran said.

The UVa Entrepreneurship Cup is sponsored by Third Security, LLC.

First Place ($20,000) -PhageFlag; rapid diagnostic test for bacterial diseases
Second Place ($10,000) -HD MicroSampling; addressing blood-glucose measurement accuracy in the ICU
Honorable Mention ($5,000) -Virginia Toastie; food truck catering to vegetarian tastes, -TestConnect; platform for instructors to provide personalized exam feedback

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