April 7, 2008 08:56 Age: 6 yrs

TI:GER Teams Win Big in Recent Competitions

Emory Law students participating in the TI:GER program have taken home several impressive awards in business plan competitions this spring. TI:GER – which stands for Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results – is a collaboration between Emory Law and the Georgia Institute of Technology that brings together law and graduate students to consider the multi-disciplinary process of innovation and taking inventions from the lab to the marketplace.

In February, TI:GER team AccelerEyes won first place in the Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition for their creation of a low cost, high-speed software. AccelerEyes’ software enables the use of a graphics processing unit (GPU) in Matlab – a popular software title used by engineers and scientists – which allows for greater speed and better visualizations at a lower cost. The team includes Emory Law students Matt Nesbitt 08L, Chris Meeks 08L, and Sandy Kim 09L.

Later that month, TI:GER teams won first, second and third place honors in the Georgia Tech Business Competition. The three TI:GER teams – AccelerEyes, Syzygy, and DiagNano – competed against 19 other teams to qualify for the finals and ultimately took home all of the awards.

The $10,000 first prize in the Georgia Tech competition went to AccelerEyes. The team also received the Most Fundable Award, given to the team deemed most ready to enter the marketplace, and the $500 Showstopper Award for their presentation during the trade show.

Syzygy, which includes law students Justin Helsby 08L and Rob MacKenna 09L, took second place in the Georgia Tech competition for its plan to market a material that uses shape memory as a way to fit products – such as earphones, wireless Bluetooth devices and hearing aids – perfectly into a customer’s ear. DiagNano, a technology company focused on in vitro cancer diagnostics, won third place. DiagNano includes law students Laura Huffman 08L, Rich Gaddis 08L, and Eric Galvez 08L, and graduate Jarrett Silver 07L.

Most recently, DiagNano competed against more than 230 teams in the Rice University Global Business Plan Competition, qualifying as one of thirty-six semi-finalists and winning first place in their challenge round competition.

TI:GER teams will continue to represent Emory Law at various competitions throughout the year. Syzygy will compete this week in the New Venture Championship at the University of Oregon, and AccelerEyes is scheduled to compete in the Global Moot Corp Competition at the University of Texas-Austin at the end of April.

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