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Past Winners



Read the 2020 Results + Recap

  • 1st Place: Gearflow – Ben Preston, Kellogg ’21 and Mike Hostetler, Kellogg ’21
    Gearflow is the first marketplace for all things construction, providing easy access to reliable suppliers for all heavy equipment needs. (Watch Gearflow’s pitch)
  • 2nd Place:  Qade – Spencer Levitt, Weinberg ’22 and Austin Pager, SESP ’22
    Qade is a platform that brings gamers together to easily keep track of video game wagers and statistics. (Watch Qade’s pitch)
  • 3rd Place: Tilt – Sinthuja Nagalingam, Kellogg ’20
    Tilt partners with high schools to scale their financial aid advising and help families plan for the costs of higher education. (Watch Tilt’s pitch)

Complete list of 2020 Semifinalists and track winners


Read the 2019 Results + Recap

  • 1st Place: PreSight – Simon Yin, Kellogg ’19
    PreSight is the first screening tool for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) based on VEGF levels in the tears of premature infants (Watch PreSight’s pitch)
  • 2nd Place: Dindin – Brunna Seabra, Kellogg ’20
    Dindin is changing the access to essential financial services in Brazil by facilitating financial inclusion of the unbanked and underbanked population through its B2B2C solutions (Watch Dindin’s pitch)
  • 3rd Place: LimeLight – Phil O’Brien, Kellogg ’20
    LimeLight is advancing data to power the indoor agriculture revolution (Watch LimeLight’s pitch)

Complete list of 2019 Semifinalists and track winners


Read the 2018 Results + Recap

  • 1st Place: NUMiX Materials – Laurelle Banta, Pritzker ’17
    NUMiX Materials manufactures and supplies Northwestern University-patented materials to remove heavy metals from aqueous streams at ten times the efficiency of competing materials on a per-volume basis
  • 2nd Place: BrewBike – Lucas Philips, SESP ’19
    BrewBike fuels college students with cold brew coffee
  • 3rd Place: Rhaeos – Amit Ayer, Kellogg ’19
    Rhaeos has developed a noninvasive, wearable biosensor capable of diagnosing ventricular shunt malfunction

Complete list of 2018 Semifinalists and track winners


Read the 2017 Results + Recap

  • 1st Place: IFM (Intelligent Flying Machines) – Marc Gyongyosi, McCormick ’17
    IFM uses robotics, computer vision and machine learning to automate indoor data capture, with a focus on warehouse inventory tracking
  • 2nd Place: Tiltas – Tiffany Smith, Kellogg ’17
    Tiltas is a technology platform that connects the formerly incarcerated to mentors to help in the transition out of prison
  • 3rd Place: Quickpulse – Jessica Tasi, Kellogg ’17
    Quickpulse is a WeChat-integrated tool that allows Chinese millennials to give feedback to employers in order to improve retention

Complete list of 2017 Semifinalists and track winners


  • 1st Place: The Graide Network – Blair Pircon, Kellogg ’16 and Amanda McCarthy, Kellogg ’16
    The Graide Network is connecting middle and high school teachers with qualified teaching assistants to grade and provide feedback on student work
  • 2nd Place: Surgical Innovation Associates – Alexei Mlodinow, Feinberg & Kellogg ’17; Todd Cruikshank, Kellogg ’17; Sega Moges, Kellogg ’16
    Surgical Innovation Associates is an early stage medical and surgical device company focused on soft tissue repair
  • 3rd Place: Wise Apple – Nate Cooper, Kellogg ’17 and Rebecca Sholiton, Kellogg ’16
    Wise Apple delivers customized, healthy lunches to your door

Complete list of 2016 Finalists and track winners


  • 1st Place: Opticent Health – Kieren Patel, Pritzker ’16
    Opticent Health is positively impacting healthcare monitoring and delivery through the commercialization of next generation patient-specific technologies that address unmet needs for diseases across a range of medical practices
  • 2nd Place: GTrans – Zhiyuan Sun, McCormick PhD ’18 and Adithya Mohanakrishnan, Kellogg ’16
    GTrans is developing a thermally responsive separator that will increase the safety of Li-ion batteries.
  • 3rd Place: MDAR Technologies – Jesse Chang, Pritzker & Kellogg ’16
    MDAR Technologies, Inc. has developed a next-generation 3D vision system using patent-pending technology and proprietary algorithms

Complete list of 2015 Semifinalists and track winners


  • 1st Place: Page Vault  – Jeffrey Eschbach, Kellogg ’14
    Page Vault provides software and services that deliver an accurate PDF of the webpage that is admissible in the court of law
  • 2nd Place: Innoblative – Tyler Wanke, Kellogg & McCormick ’15
    Innoblative provides next-generation, advanced energy surgical solutions that improve the way surgeons coagulate and ablate soft tissue to achieve better care for patients