Finalists Selected for 2017 New Venture Competition

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Technology Management Program within the UCSB College of Engineering has announced the six teams that will compete at the 2017 New Venture Competition Finals, to be held May 24 in Corwin Pavilion. The following teams were selected from among twenty student groups that presented business ideas at the New Venture Fair last week.

Collatera (Michael Evans, Kevin Peng, Paul Ostrick, Vinu Krishnan, Vince Kappamula) aims to avoid diabetes-related amputation through prevention and early treatment of diabetic ulcers, using their proprietary light-activated small molecule, NL-1.

CRYPTIX (Nick Martitsch, Brayden Curry, Sajan Sangvhi) is a next-generation ticketing platform that employs blockchain technology to eliminate scalpers, ticket fraud, and inflated ticket prices.

Delta Leaf Labs (Elijah Spina, Felipe Infante, Edgar Rodriguez) is developing THC free-cannabis strains that have been shown to treat many mental and physical illnesses. By growing and marketing THC-free cannabis, the company will create alternative treatment options to toxic and addictive medications.

OrganicMatters (Jacob Levine, Lauren Catlin, Greg Maier) manufactures certified organic fertilizer out of poultry waste from the egg industry. Their mission is to provide certified organic crop farmers with affordable food-safe, nutrient-rich fertilizers that mitigate human, animal, and environmental health problems associated with conventional poultry-manure management strategies.

Phanta Field (Xuejun Xie, Edixon Puglisi, Dylan Rodriguez, Xiao Wang, Hujun Chen) is using its patented see-through display design to craft light-field-augmented reality glasses that enable a crystal-clear image with a 100-degree field of view. The display can seamlessly integrate with regular glass frames, making it comfortable to wear all day long. 

Wanderlease (Shika Sharma, Arthur Pan, Rey Tang, Daniel Lim, Saliq Hussaini, Henry Yu) is a web-based application designed to streamline the process of subleasing.

This year, 35 teams comprising more than 130 students entered the competition. Twenty teams were selected to present their business ideas at the New Venture Fair. Six of those teams were named finalists and will compete for prize money and the title of overall winner of the 2017 New Venture Competition. 

The finals will be held Wednesday, May 24, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public. 

To attend this event, please RSVP.

If you are with the media and would like a free parking pass, please contact Roxanna Van Norman by email or by calling 805-893-8107. 

For event information, please visit the website.

The crowd at the 2017 New Venture Fair

Student presenters, sponsors, and interested attendees mingle at the Technology Management Program's 2017 New Venture Fair.