Each year, NVC hosted amazing groups of graduate students representing a diverse range of potential ventures. Many groups have gone on to make a name for themselves. Take a look at these NVC success stories:
1st place 2009
Brigham Young University
KT Tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons to provide a lightweight, external support that helps you remain active while recovering from injuries. KT Tape creates neuromuscular feedback that relaxes or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing. KT Tape gives athletes confidence to perform their best.
“We are very grateful. The judges were phenomenal. They provided us with feedback in both the semi-final and final rounds, which was unparalleled in any other business plan competition we have competed in.” —Michelle Quinn, KT Tape, 2009 NVC Winner
MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc.
3rd place 2003
University of Washington
MicroGREEN’s InCycle Cups are the world’s first insulating beverage cup made using a minimum of 50% recycled PET as the raw material. Their Ad-air process improves the performance of Polyethylene allowing us to deliver a superior and affordable product to the market.
1st place 2013
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration
AGcerez commercialized L’amai, a "prebiotic" syrup that can be used as a sugar replacement in tea, coffee, yogurt, baking, etc. The syrup stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system, which results in higher calcium and mineral absorption, stronger immune system, lower risk of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disorders, and intestinal regularity.
Boston Mountain Biotech LLC
2nd place 2012
University of Arkansas
Boston Mountain Biotech aspires to be the number one supplier of custom protein purification solutions by 2018. Their technology, Lotus, simplifies the protein drug development and manufacturing process through genetic optimization and filtration.
2nd place 2008
Brigham Young University
Klymit offers outdoor gear with adjustable insulation. Their NobleTek Technology puts an end to multiple layers by allowing you to customize your warmth by the turn of a knob. They offer sleeping pads, vests, jackets and other outdoor gear that help you keep warmer as you camp, hike, or hunt.
3rd place 2005
University of Oregon
Perpetua’s Power Pluck is a battery replacement for transceivers and sensors. By using temperature change, the Power Pluck produces electrical output that is both environmentally friendly and long lasting.
2nd place 2002
University of Michigan
Xoran improves the medical world by providing an efficient and safe way for doctors to administer CT scans. Their three products, the MiniCAT, the xCAT, and XoranConnect, are low radiation dose scanners that allow doctors to effectively make correct diagnoses.
1st place 1997
University of Arizona
For more than ten years, members of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at University of Arizona researched Split image processing software before founding Split Engineering LLC. This software allows miners to mass characterize the rock and identify fractures without human bias.