2015 Innovation Coast Competition

Report Innovation Coast Conference and Competition

Conference Attendance
Registered: 229
Attended: About 190

Innovation Competition
Contestants: 96
Semi-Finalists: 37 pitched on May 4th at USC Orange County Center in 3 panels, judged by 3, 3, and 2 judges.
Finals: 13 pitched on May 5th at Irvine Marriott, judged by 7 judges.

Competition Winners:
1. Disease Diagnostic Group – $25,000 first place
Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG) is a pre-revenue medical device company specializing in the development of rapid, accurate, and inexpensive disease diagnostic tests. Our core focus is on the $1.5B malaria diagnostic market, and our flagship product is RAM (Rapid Assessment of Malaria). This novel, proprietary device utilizes magneto-optical technology to provide accurate malaria diagnoses in less than 60 seconds at 1/10th the cost at 100x the detection level of current solutions.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Graduation Date: 17-May-2015
  • Academic Status: Graduate
    Home: Shaker Heights, OH 44122

2. Reebeez - $15,000 second place
Reebeez is commercializing a breakthrough lightweight solid-state microengine that can revolutionize power propulsion systems in small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and provide unrivaled flight times and payloads. Reebeez’s patent-pending thermo-electro-photovoltaic (TEPV) technology utilizes state-of-the-art thermoelectric generators, emitters, and photovoltaic cells to attain the highest specific energy (> 1500 Wh/kg) when compared to batteries and fuel cells.

  • Princeton University
  • Home: Austin, Texas

3. Benevolent Technologies for Health - $10,000 third place
BeTH's novel human-device interfaces enable prosthetic and orthotic devices to achieve a custom fit without the cost of custom fabrication. Our first product a dynamic liner allows a prosthetic limb wearer to manage discomfort caused by changing volume of the residual limb, which in turn lowers costs to the provider. BeTH's technology will create the next generation of "off-the-shelf" devices designed to improve comfort, mobility and health. Home: Cambridge, MA

4. Infinurja - $10,000 third place
Infinurja designs, produces, and sells patent-pending products that use organic waste and natural biological processes to generate continuous electricity to power homes.

  • University of Arizona
  • Graduation Date: 15-May-2015
  • Academic Status: Graduate
    Home: Tucson, Arizona