»2014 California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition Results

+-Full Pitch: $105,000 Cash and $105,000 Equity Eligibility

First Place:

University of Chicago (Booth) – Simple Mills - $70,000 ($35,000 cash & $35,000 equity eligibility)

University of Chicago - Simple Mills makes baking mixes that are actually healthy and delicious!  Increasingly consumers are avoiding the center aisles in grocery stores because products are loaded with sugar, highly processed flours, and unnatural ingredients.  Here, Simple Mills is creating a new vertical of delicious almond flour mixes made with ingredients free of refined sugar, gluten, and unnatural ingredients. 

Second Place:

Carnegie Mellon University - $50,000 ($25,000 cash & $25,000 equity eligibility)

Carnegie Mellon University - Impaqd is a real-time GPS enabled app that creates a platform for carriers (truckers) to interact directly with shippers, thereby eliminating the need for intermediary brokers in the freight industry. This ability creates a new market for shippers while developing new sources of revenue for the carriers.


Finalists:

University of California, Berkeley - $30,000 ($15,000 cash & $15,000 equity eligibility)

UC Berkeley - Picoyune is a chemical sensing company with a unique platform. We use optical plasmonic technology to deliver devices that are extremely sensitive, portable, and easy to use: because we believe that to protect the environment, industrial facilities across the world they need to know what chemicals are in their plants. Our technology gives them the information to operate safely and cleanly.

University of California, Irvine - $30,000 ($15,000 cash & $15,000 equity eligibility)

UC Irvine - Laser Associated Sciences (LAS) is a medical device company focused on optical measurement of blood flow. LAS's products build upon patent-protected technology that provides flow measurements with unparalleled accuracy and simplicity. FlowMet, is a clip-on medical device that measures blood flow in the peripheral microcirculation (fingers, toes).

University of Houston - $30,000 ($15,000 cash & $15,000 equity eligibility)

University of Houston - Water contamination claims 3.4 million lives worldwide annually. Existing water filters do not completely clean water. A Wavve coated water filter uniquely removes heavy metals and inactivates all bacteria simultaneously. Wavve uses its patent pending graphene-­‐based nanotechnology to significantly enhance the performance of existing water filters.

+-Fast Pitch: $25,000 of Cash Awards

First Place:

University of Oklahoma - $10,000

University of Oklahoma - Many car owners don’t have the knowledge necessary to properly maintain and repair their vehicles. Car dealerships spend a fortune on service center advertising.  Driven Analytics has developed SmartDrive, a vehicle monitoring system that provides detailed maintenance and diagnostic information for car owners, designed to decrease the maintenance knowledge gap. 

Second Place:

Stanford University - $ 6,000

Stanford University - Caydian is a consumer health company operating in the $26B sleep devices market with a suite of products helping parents improve their kid's sleep. Their first product, the over-the-counter Caydian Dream, is the first cure for 4.5 M children who develop night terrors each year. 


Finalists: ($3,000 per team)

Cornell University - $ 3,000

Cornell University - Rosie is a leading enterprise SAAS provider of predictive online and mobile shopping applications to US independent grocers. Launched in July 2013, Rosie today enables customers to shop online from local grocers for delivery or in-store pickup. Customers use Rosie on their phones, tablets, or laptops. Retailers select Rosie for e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services.

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) - $ 3,000

University of Pennsylvania - Slidejoy is an intelligent Android app that pays users to view beautifully designed ads every time they unlock their phones. Over time, the app learns users’ preferences based off of their behaviors during different times of day and at different locations to create a more profitable and relevant user experience.

University of Texas at Dallas - $ 3,000

University of Texas at Dallas - Rollout is a computer hardware and software solution provider serving the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) industry through a revolutionary, patent pending display device surrounded by cloud-based file sharing solutions designed to eliminate the need for AEC firms to print full-size and half-size plans on paper. 

+-Case Competition: $15,000 of Cash Awards

First Place:

University of Oklahoma - $5,000

Second Place:

Baylor University - $4,000


Finalists: ($2,000 per team)

Loyola Marymount University

University of Utah

University of California, San Diego

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