Published on Monday, April 29, 2013
Six teams of aspiring entrepreneurs have been chosen as finalists for the 23rd annual Henry R. Kravis Concept Plan Competition.
The contest, hosted by Claremont Graduate University (CGU's) Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, recognizes Claremont Colleges students or alumni who develop business plans that demonstrate the competitive nature, flair, and general aptitude required of an entrepreneur in today’s world.
The finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 8 pm in CGU's Burkle Building, 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave. Top teams will take home $8,000 in prize money.
This year's finalists are:
• AccuMab: Robert Davies, Karishma Dagar, and Onofre Bacani. All of Keck Graduate Institute. AccuMab aims to improve the early detection of cancer by identifying a unique cancer signature. This improved technology will help save lives and avoid costly repeat diagnostic procedures.
• DNA of Dating: Chris Munshaw-Rodriguez, Claremont Graduate University alumnus. DNA of Dating is a unique proprietary methodology that combines research from neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology to help groups of underprivileged adolescent males.
• EcoCones: Ilan Vourman, Pomona College; and Jade Silver, Scripps College. EcoCones is an eco-friendly ice cream business dedicated to giving back to social and environmental causes.
• i-Collect: Joe Roberts, Yousef Abed, Abdullah Murad, and Crispaul Obana. All of Claremont Graduate University. The goal of i-Collect is to change the face of healthcare by providing an easy-to-use and secure platform to collect data via mobile devices. Using i-Collect, healthcare practitioners can quickly develop mobile applications to collect data in near real-time and make better informed decisions.
• Life Patch: Miles Bird, Claremont McKenna College; Demetri Monovoukas, Harvey Mudd College; Collin Hill and Aaron Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania. The Life Patch System is a small, non-invasive real-time patient temperature monitor.
• Smart Eval: Orlan Davies, Claremont McKenna College; and Neal Kemp. Across the country universities resort to using old forms of data collection for their course evaluations which offer useless reports. Smart Eval solves this problem by offering a system to automatically distribute and collect the evaluations, perform statistical analysis on the data, and then display the results on a graphical dashboard.
Awards for the Kravis Concept Plan Competition are funded through an endowment created by Henry R. Kravis, a founding member of the Drucker School's Board of Visitors.
Claremont Colleges professors, alumni, and prospective investors will judge the contest. The teams' final presentations are open to the public.