BR Venture Fund is proud to sponsor the
2013 Cornell Venture Challenge on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Five finalist teams will pitch their businesses to a panel of venture capital judges, who will award prizes of $25K, $5K, and $1K.
Judges will include: Eric Young of Canaan Partners, Bill McAleer of Voyager Capital, Don Spero of New Markets Venture Partners, Ralph Terkowitz of ABS Capital, Leonard Sanders of Kalmar Investments, Dan Simpkins of Hillcrest Labs, and Marlon Nichols of Intel Capital.
Any winning team that uses a Cornell technology will have their prize money doubled by CCTEC, the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise & Commercialization.
That means a top prize up to $50K!
Schedule of Events
The competition will run in B09 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Each team will pitch for 25 minutes, after which the doors will open to allow audience members to enter and leave.
We encourage you to come see venture capital in action for one pitch, or for all five.
8:30AM: Empire Robotics Empire Robotics is a Cornell University technology spinout. The company has an exclusive license to IP developed at Cornell, and is commercializing a platform robotics technology through its first product, a universal robot gripper. This gripper solves a fundamental problem in the $25B industrial automation market of gripping and manipulating varied objects. Manufacturers in food processing, automotive, consumer goods, and more are the end customers.
9:00AM: Oratel Oratel Diagnostics has developed the initial application of a breakthrough technology platform. The first product identifies the ideal period to inseminate dairy cattle. Using our rapid, in-field prototyping approach, we have demonstrated the ability to save farms at least $100/cow/year. Our product provides an instant, simple, cost-effective solution. The company is ready to deliver this unique product to the global dairy market. Longer-term, the technology will be extended to other livestock and human fertility issues.
9:30AM: Histovision HistoVision provides proprietary technology to improve existing cancer clinical pathology tests by enabling the simultaneous detection of two cancer biomarkers rather than one. Combined with copyrighted software for rapid and standardized quantification, this technology yields superior diagnostic and prognostic clinical indicators, while nearly doubling reimbursement rates for the clinical laboratory.
10:00AM: Yorango Yorango is an online platform for posting, browsing, renting, leasing, and managing property. Yorango combines a property discovery system with a property management tool. Potential tenants can browse through listings, rent and sublet spaces, pay rent online, communicate with their landlords, and manage their space. Landlords can use Yorango to keep tabs on their properties, process maintenance requests, organize rental payments, and manage their business.
10:30AM: Cognical Cognical builds intelligent decision engines. We use the most sophisticated deep learning algorithms in the world to find hidden and complex patterns in data that are predictive of successful outcomes. Our SaaS platform drives revenue and cost savings for industries in which execution requires recurring decisions based on imperfect data, including finance, insurance, and marketing.