ACC InVenture Prize 2017

Below are the selected finalists for the second annual ACC InVenture Prize competition. All teams were selected by their respective institutions to compete in the preliminary round on March 30, 2017, and five teams will advance to the televised final round on March 31, 2017. Click the link below each team to learn more about their invention or product.

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Competing Teams

University of Virginia
First Place Winner

AgroSpheres is a biotech company that gives farmers precise control over their harvesting schedule by degrading excess pesticides into a non-toxic derivative, allowing the farmer to harvest their produce on-demand while complying with the Pre-Harvest Intervals set by the EPA.

Payam Pourtaheri
Biomedical Engineering
Ameer Shakeel
Biomedical Engineering
Joey Frank
Biomedical Engineering
Sep Zomorodi
Biomedical Engineering
Zach Davis
Tech Wound Solutions
Virginia Tech
Second Place Winner

Tech Wound Solutions has created Kare Powder that is a topical, advanced wound care dressing that enables faster and more effective healing for chronic wound care patients.

Juliana Downey
Mechanical Engineering
Elisabeth Rebholz
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Tucker King
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Kim Wyluda
Chemical and Biomolecular Eng
Georgia Tech
People's Choice Winner

A safer electrocautery device, CauteryGuard seamlessly integrates automatic retractability without sacrificing usability which allows it to eliminate any chance of initiating a surgical fire or inflicting cautery burns to either the user or the patient in the operating room.

Jack Corelli
Biomedical Engineering
Hunter Hatcher
Biomedical Engineering
Dev Mandavia
Biomedical Engineering
Devin Li
Biomedical Engineering

AuriClear removes blockage from a tympanostomy tube to prevent hearing loss and additional surgery.

Kelsey Palsgrove
Biomedical Engineering
Jeannette Rodriguez Gonzalez
Biomedical Engineering
Taylor Gustaveson
Biomedical Engineering
Seth Perryman
Biomedical Engineering
Matthew Roach
Biomedical Engineering
Boston College

BusWays notifies parents when their child gets on & off their school bus & gives schools live data & stats on their bus fleet!

Pedro de Almeida
Business Administration
Fernando Nazario
Computer Science
University of Miami

CleanSwipe is a mobile platform that provides users an easy way to schedule laundry appointments on college campuses.

Kevin Fich
Computer Science
Don Sirivat
Computer Engineering
Fresh U
Syracuse University

Fresh U is a media platform that integrates data analytics to help business-to-consumer (B2C) organizations and brands understand qualitative and quantitative factors, purchasing trends, and patterns of Generation Z, which makes up 25% of the U.S. population, and is a larger cohort than the Baby Boomers or Millennials.

Kate Beckman
Literature, Media, and Communication
University of North Carolina

The LaundrFi device and app manages and tracks the drying process of your laundry remotely, ultimately enhancing the laundry experience by saving time, money and energy.

Nico Schwarz
Applied Mathematics
Ellie Dannenberg
Literature, Media, and Communication
Hanna Hepburn
Literature, Media, and Communication
Ela Hazar
Business Administration
Allen Cater
Business Administration
North Carolina State University

Medtraq is an IoT solution that aims to reduce healthcare costs by using Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to provide asset tracking, provide real time location services, and ensure handwashing compliance in hospitals.

Alex Leonov
Computer Engineering
Shaunak Turaga
Electrical Engineering
Tyler Hayes
Monarch Solar
University of Pittsburgh

Monarch Solar has developed a modular rooftop solar device with mobile based pay-as-you-use technology for areas with little, to no, access to electricity.

Jay Murray
Mechanical Engineering
Ben Stutz
Electrical & Computer Engr
Nick Faughey
Computer Engineering
Duke University

Neurun is the Yelp for racing events coupled with interactive virtual tours, designed to mentally prepare you for race day.

Cade Netscher
Wake Forest University

Puttr creates, manipulates, and serves photorealistic three dimensional models of golf course greens to help players read breaks and aid in course maintenance.

Jackson Griffin
Business Administration
Clancy Waugh
Alec White
Computer Science
Florida State University

Safebriight is a smart device technology, easily installed in existing street lights, that utilizes a mesh network to monitor and report outages, providing improved public safety and extensive cost savings for the utility owner.

Tucker Russ
Electrical & Computer Engr
Takay Blends
University of Notre Dame

25% of tropical fruits are wasted before reaching international markets due to high cosmetic standards, the Takay team utilizes them to create the healthiest and most convenient breakfast possible.

Lucho Escobar
Alejandro Escobar
Business Administration
The SPARTAN Shield
University of Louisville

The SPARTAN Shield is a new and innovative solar panel mounting system allowing renewable energy to be provided for those in third world countries, rural areas, and even disaster sites.

Mark Fleming
Mechanical Engineering
Jared Benton
Mechanical Engineering
Blaze Lysack
Mechanical Engineering
Brock Burton
Business Administration
Matthew Otero
Mechanical Engineering


Chris Clark
President & CEO for Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Sri Divakaruni
Senior Director, Innovation Business Development (IBD) at United Technologies Corporation
Damian Mycroft
Industrial Design Director, Coca-Cola


Ashley Mengwasser
Faith Salie