The spring 2015 New Venture Seed Grants have been announced! All of the individuals were required to go through an application process in which they presented their plans and proposals to a grant committee consisting of faculty and administrators. Fourteen proposals were selected to receive funding to help students with marketing and prototype or product development. Congratulations to these recipients!
Nick Ladd ‘16 (Computer Science, BEM); David Hughes ‘15 (Computer Science)
A student-run software development company that specializes in providing website and mobile application solutions for Wake Forest clubs, organizations and student-led ventures.
Ted McGuiggan ’15 (Computer Science); Robert Maks ’15 (BEM); Kevin Young ’15 (BEM); Christian Gutowski ’15 (Mathematical Business)
An app that allows users to enter a tournament where they play short, well-known games with a 25-cent buy-in. Tournaments are single elimination, and the user who comes in first place receives the majority of winnings.
Mike Thomas ’16 (BEM)
CRUX will be the only rock climbing hold that uses an adhesive to secure itself to a wall instead of bolts or screws.
Dash Pop Music Festival
Charles Rueger ’15 (Communication); Olivia Acuna ’15 (Communication); Tyler St. John ’15 (Communication); Patrick Molina ’15 (Communication)
A music festival that will integrate the Wake Forest and Winston—Salem communities by celebrating all that the city has to offer. It will cater to a variety of musical tastes by covering multiple genres while also promoting local businesses.
Diane Hodson (Documentary Filmmaking graduate student)
An online nexus for educators to access documentary films and related curriculum materials. It will offer prescreened and curated content for the secondary classroom.
Fresh Food Network
Jake Teitelbaum ‘16 (BEM, Spanish); Ann Nguyen ’17 (Sociology); Caleb Marley ’16 (BEM); Angela Gallagher ’16 (Finance)
An online platform making it easier for users to find, buy and learn about great food in their area. FFN hopes to revolutionize the traditional supermarket model by offering delivery to densely populated employment complexes and capitalizing on consumers’ growing interest in local and organic food.
John Passarelli ’16 (Computer Science); Katherine Kenyon ’16 (Accounting)
A website that filters photos and statuses from Facebook and Twitter’s newsfeeds so the user only sees the updates of selected friends.
Sam Larsen ’16 (Communication)
A travel app that creates convenient and efficient itineraries of your top sites, restaurants and museums in cities around the world.
Jaclyn Davis ’16 (Economics and Communication); Olivia Acuna ’15 (Communication)
An app that provides a live-feed of community events to view anonymously or check into. The Moove allows you to make a real-time decision on what community events to attend based on who might be there.
Kurt Walker ’16 (Computer Science)
A theme-based group video sharing iOS application, enhanced with an advanced video-to-data aggregation engine for short, user uploaded videos.
PK Pradhan (Biochemistry PhD candidate); Hannah Martin ’17 (Chemistry); Dan Sanchez (MBA student); Zhong Fang (Biochemistry PhD candidate); Dipen Vyas (PhD Candidate and MBA student)
TAQ Technologies is commercializing a diagnostic test that can detect and quantify the virulent form of the John Cunningham Virus (JCV), which causes a fatal neurological disorder known as Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML).
Toy Theatre Tour
Johanna Beach ’15 (Theatre)
The Toy Theatre is a theatrical performance on a miniature scale that will travel around the country, from living room to living room. The tour will engage small audiences in a magical and transformative experience alongside family and friends.
Turning Diazotrophs into Fertilizer Factories
Christian Spake ’17 (Chemistry)
Research on a cheaper, more sustainable and eco-friendly method of producing agriculturally useful nitrogen products.
Waiting to be Wanted
Shante Elliott (Law)
An online community that provides financial resources to low-income foster youth in middle and high school who are recommended by a teacher, mentor or social worker. Foster youth then use these funds to enrich themselves academically and personally, by participating in activities like the arts, STEM and sports.