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Experiences shared from former grand prize winners.

 

2017 Winners

Full press release and  pictures!

 

Winning Teams of the 2017 Global Challenge

Read the full press release annoucing the winners of the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Team Cohex of Adolfo Ibáñez University, Santiago, Chile, Grand Prize Winner ($15,000) and Winner of the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award ($10,000) - $25,000

The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to team Cohex of Adolfo Ibáñez University, Santiago, Chile, which included Maurizio Canessa, Luckas Fonck, and Josefa Villanueva. Cohex is a system designed to keep the perfect humidity level during fruit exportation, helping to reduce loss and improve fruit quality. Cohex was also the 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary winner, granting their team a spot in the Global Challenge August finals.

Pictured left to right: James Schultz from Plastics One, with Luckas Fonck, Josefa Villanueva, and Maurizio Canessa.

 

Team Curos Labs of University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Winner of the VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award - $10,000

The $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product went to Curos Labs of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Tristan Burgoyne and Alexander Toews represented their university. Curos Labs is on a mission to empower people with chronic pain. Their first product, CheckPoint, is a mobile wellness application offering a hassle-free alternative to traditional pain journals. In addition to streamlining the pain tracking process, CheckPoint leverages each user’s personal history of activities and behaviors to identify actionable changes for an improved quality of life.

Pictured left to right: Tristan Burgoyne and Alexander Toews with Dr. Joe Meredith, of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

 

Team Nexenic of ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland, Winner of the People’s Choice Award - $5,000

The People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.  Nexenic was the recipient of the People’s Choice, striving to develop advanced and innovative solutions for daily life. Nexenic, represented by Astrid Besmer, Reto Muhl, and Claudio Ruiz Da Silva, is currently developing a smart lunchbox that will revolutionize the way people enjoy their meals.

Pictured from left to right: Claudio Ruiz Da Silva, Reto Muhl, and Astrid Besmer, with Dr. Joe Meredith, of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.


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