Johns Hopkins University and McDaniel College have rewarded some students who also run their own businesses at campus pitch competitions this past week.
Monday night, McDaniel College awarded its $10,000 to junior Rachael Fox for her shoe company, Fox Boots. The company’s goal is to “build a women’s boot company that creates a reliable and comfortable product that assists any woman in her outdoor needs.”
Other companies participating in McDaniel’s Innovation Challenge included:
- Abilitize, a company working to “empower businesses to engage people with disabilities;”
- AWARE, a company focused on making renewable energy easy for consumers;
- Liquid Lens, a company aimed at providing sustainable packaging for beverages; and
- Money Mind, a financial literacy guide for young adults.
Abilitize won $3,000 as the second-place finisher and Money Mind won $2,000 for coming in third place and winning the audience prize.
At Johns Hopkins last Friday, VecTech, a “surveillance system of cloud-connected smart mosquito traps that remotely and automatically identify field-collected mosquito specimens,” won the inaugural FastForward U pitch competition.
VecTech has previously won Johns Hopkins awards. The company, whose team includes Whiting School of Engineering graduate students Tristan Ford, Laura Scavo and Adam Goodwin, has won $5,000 for FastForward U’s Graduate Student Award. Chief scientist Soumyadipta Acharya, a Whiting professor, won a grant through the Cohen Translational Engineering Fund.
Two Johns Hopkins companies also won awards this month through the inaugural Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship.
Kubanda Cryotherapy won $30,000 for its work on affordable cancer care for pets through a low-cost cryoablation device. Cryoablation is a process where extreme cold is used to destroy tissue.
AssistENT received $20,000 for the N-Stent, a nasal device to help improve nasal breathing for the 15% of Americans with chronically restricted nasal breathing.