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Local Competitions for Students

North Carolina Biotechnology Center has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant program to support student science and engineering research and foster interest in and preparation for careers in biotechnology.  Application guidelines and instructions have been posted on the Center's website ( ) and applications are due at NOON on February 17, 2010, with notification of awards by April 1. 


Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network (PTEN)
Growth Accelerator Program (GAP)

The Growth Accelerator Program is a seven month program sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network. The program provides entrepreneurs with high-growth business ventures the opportunity to pursue the idea, take courses, prepare a business plan, and work with local mentors and advisors. Participants of the program are eligible to compete for cash prizes and in-kind services. The top three winners of the GAP business plan competition will each receive $10,000 in first round funding.

For more information on the Growth Accelorator Program, guidelines for admission, and previous recipients of awards, click here to visit PTEN’s website.

Previous Wake Forest Recipients of GAP Awards
Retina Software
Principal Contacts: Anthony Pecorella ('04)(MA '06) and Chandler Carruth ('05)
Retina Software, a computer and video game and technology development company, was awarded a Grand Prize in the Growth Accelerator Program competition in May 2007. Click here to visit the website.

Principal Contact: Sarah Yocum (’05)
Aqualutions, a company started by a combination of WFU biology and business students under the direction of Dr. Ray Kuhn, is marketing a disease-test kit that will allow fish farmers to more accurately and efficiently monitor the health of their fish.
Click here to visit the website.

Principal Contact: Mark Hendrickson (MBA ’06)
Started by MBA students, Mark Hendrickson, Josh Schwartz, Zack Luszcz, and Deborah Fray, AudioFusion will produce revolutionary patent-pending technology used in Tinnitus Sound Therapy.
Click here to visit the website.