Energy Club Team Wins Oak Ridge Business Plan Competition
March 30, 2009
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 27, 2009 — A Purdue University students' business plan for making low-cost, energy efficient lights has won first place in the Global Venture Challenge Idea to Product Competition at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The winning team took home the grand prize of $25,000 for a presentation on their company, SiMetal, which specializes in fabrication of low-cost, light-emitting diode, or LED, chips. The Purdue team members are James Cruse, Carlos Kemeny, Matthew Lynall and Isaac Wildeson.
Second place and a $10,000 prize went to the Clark Atlanta University-Morehouse College team for a presentation on their company, Apex Plastics. The Clark-Morehouse team members are Donald Hylton, Kamau Sewell, and Yemaya Stallworth-Bordain.
Third place and $5,000 went to the Duke University team and their company, CPS Biofuels. Duke team members are Jacqueline Coates, Lauren Knish, Hosoon Lim, Takayuki Yamazaki, and Gerry Grune.
The teams were judged by panels of energy executives, venture capitalists, technologists, entrepreneurs and legal experts.
ORNL Director Thom Mason and Tom Ballard, director of ORNL Partnerships Directorate, presented the team prizes.
The Global Venture Challenge, now in its third year, is an educational contest featuring entrepreneurial and technology-based business proposals presented by students from around the world.
This year's challenge, supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies and UT-Battelle, also included an Energy Venture Showcase of energy efficiency products and services from several participating companies.
ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.
- Mike Bradley
July 11, 2014
Three international conferences this month at Purdue University will focus on innovative concepts for air conditioning, refrigeration and high-performance buildings. More than 700 people are expected to attend the 15th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, the 22nd International Compressor Engineering Conference and the third International High Performance Buildings Conference from July 14-17. The conferences are held every two years. Participants will present a record number of research papers - 410 - representing about a 10 percent increase over the previous record.Read Full Story