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2013 Winners of Venture Seed Competition Announced
$50k in seed money provided to USC startups
May 6, 2013 • by News at Marshall

Winners of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies "New Venture Seed Competition," were announced at the Marcia Israel 2013 Awards Banquet on the evening of Thursday, May 2.

The annual USC Marshall School of Business competition, sponsored by one of the nation's top-ranked entrepreneurship programs, provides seed money to startups from across the University of Southern California. Two startups were awarded $15k and four startups were awarded $5k.

One of $15k winners was CoreTech, a team from USC's Health, Technology, and Engineering (HTE) Program, which has developed a device to harvest stem cells for recipients of bone marrow transplants who have life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and multiple myeloma. CoreTech’s product is an alternative to the current methods which tend to be tedious, inefficient and costly. The company plans to apply its device in the emerging regenerative medicine industry and harvest stem cells for patients suffering from cardiovascular, neurologic, orthopedic diseases, as well as, diabetes.  

 Another $15k prize winner was International Career Guide, which intends to offer career preparatory services for international students who are seeking to find positions in the United States.

Winners of the $5k award include Gymflow, a real-time platform that offers live traffic updates of gym usage to help gym customers avoid waiting for machinery at overcrowded gyms and help gyms assess customer usage habits.

A startup called One of Many, has developed Tikr, an app by which users can make their “countdowns” to movies, concerts, vacations, TV shows, anniversaries, product releases, sporting events, holidays, “social” and follow events to which others are “counting down.”  One of Many was also a recipient of $5k in seed funding. The company hopes to be a platform for brands, artists, and companies to create social, viral countdowns to spread awareness of upcoming events and products.

Hip Traveler, which is in the process of developing a crowdsourced travel website based on travelers’ photography, videos, blog posts, advice and itineraries, also won $5k in seed money.

 The final winner of the $5k award was Shanghai Baji, which is building an online logistics management and information platform for the Chinese trucking industry.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.