Start-up Madness Re-cap!

April 2, 2015 12:23 AM

Startup Madness was a hit once again! We had sixteen different teams participate in the bracket-style pitching competition. Pitches began on Friday, March 27th, where the judges narrowed the "Sweet Sixteen" down to the "Elite Eight" for the final pitching round on Friday night.

The "Elite Eight" Teams consisted of:

Queralyze from Florida State University

Atramento from the Georgia Institute of Technology

Standard Ice from Clemson University

Cromoz from Duke University

LoboStim from NC State University

Bioletics from Georgia Tech University

SMSmart from Duke University

YomNom from NC State University

Each team had five minutes to pitch and then three minutes to answer questions from the judges. After over an hour of pitches the winners were announced. Queralyze, a software learning system that utilizes short videos and a practice database to supplement the classroom curriculum, came in 4th place. Bioletics, creators of “Stability”, a device to eliminate the hassle of insulin injections for pet owners, took 3rd. Cromoz, who uses nanotechnology to create biomedical materials that allow neurological medicines and treatments to better cross the blood-brain barrier  won 2nd.  SMSmart won 1st place in Start up Madness overall. SMSmart created an application that allows smartphone users to use their favorite mobile apps without a 3G or wifi connection.

To read more about each team, and find out details concerning their start up, check out ExitEvent's recap of the event. 

The SMSmart team received a $1000 cash prize from the RTP, a $1000 travel stipend from Citrix to travel to Silicon Valley for a meeting with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a spot in the ThinkHouse accelerator, a spot in the Queen City Forward ImpactU Accelerator, 6 months of free cell phone service from Republic Wireless, one full scholarship and tuition credits for the Tech Talent Scout’s code immersion program, and another full tuition scholarship to the Leadership exCHANGE program! Congratulations Alan Ni, SMSmart founder, and his team Ben Schwab, Jay Wang, and Joyce Yu!


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