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CPXi Semifinal Gets Student Entrepreneurs Closer to Their Dreams

Photographer: Jonathan Heisler, Hofstra University Photographer

More than 30 teams participated last week in the Hofstra-CPXi Venture Challenge Semifinal Round, where aspiring student entrepreneurs presented ideas for products and businesses before a panel of accomplished judges. Now a select group of these students are moving forward in the competition, inching closer to a share of total undergraduate prizes of $30,000 and total graduate prizes of $12,000 that would help bring their business plans to fruition. The final competition will be held on April 21, 2016 at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Run under the auspices of Hofstra’s new Center for Entrepreneurship, which is led by Executive Dean Mark Lesko, the teams had two minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, which included Hofstra alumnus and Board of Trustee member Mike Seiman, CEO and founder of CPXi. They had an additional two minutes to field questions from the judges about product research, prototypes and competition in the field.

Students moving forward in the CPXi Venture Challenge are:

Undergraduate Competitors

Dylan Ander for “Gear Locker,” a product for musicians who frequently travel with their music equipment and are susceptible to robbery. GearLocker has a GPS chip in it and locks around the neck of a guitar.

Matthew Collado is working on “Sho-Mi,” an advanced heads-up display (HUD) that integrates driver information and aids, and displays it on the windshield, all within the line of sight.

Christopher Davie and Taylor Ninesling for “Beacon,” a location-based app for building communities and bringing people together to do the things they care about.

Photographer: Jonathan Heisler, Hofstra University Photographer
Alec Polsley and Connor Farrelly present “Octobox” to the judging panel.

Samuel Fregley and Wahid Halid who are developing “Aware Predictive Analytics,” which uses highly sophisticated algorithms and technologies to quickly analyze massive amounts of opinionated data for companies with a substantial online presence, political candidates, company supervisors, news agencies, universities, and other entities dealing with big data challenges.

Jacqueline Hsu, Thomas Georgiades and Stanley Shvartsberg are developing “Park-Mi,” a service provider that would optimize available parking areas on campus.

Tamisha Lubin, who is developing the “CO Saver,” a portable carbon monoxide detector that can be used to detect high levels of CO in a vehicle.

Lynn Luong, Nicholas Demzcar and Anthony Avgi for their mobile app “LOOK” – which is a staring contest app. LOOK provides a new technologically advanced way to play an ancient game.

Bathsheva Paul and Linda Abukhalaf, who are developing a female and family friendly car service

Alec Polsley and Connor Farrelly for “Octobox,” a secure home package delivery box.

Brittany Scrieber for her time management app, “Easey.”

Graduate Competitors

Todd Goldstein for “Mano-Matic,” a bionic hand created by 3D printed modular components (i.e. biomimetic fingers, thumbs and hands). The movements of the prosthetic hand are accomplished through electronic sensors and motors.

Oluwatobi Kareem for “TobChat,” a connectivity media, plus alternative for social media, whose unique brand is built on a happy, cooperative culture and unique client services for developing and underdeveloped countries.

Photographer: Jonathan Heisler, Hofstra University Photographer
Qi Liao and Lu Sun unveil their idea for a fresh food vending machine.

Qi Liao and Lu Sun for a fresh food vending machine that would provide food for customers in office buildings.

Dominick Modica is developing “P.S,” a system where you can record digital content as a snapshot representation of yourself, which can be passed on to your descendants and loved ones.

Nicholas Wejchert, for “Urban June Green Roofing” a green roof engineering and installation company with experience securing government grants.

Megan Woods for her online platform “Hypothetech,” which connects small biotech start-up companies with investors.


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