Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition Winners (TVLIC)

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From 1984 until 2012, the competition was formerly the renowned Moot Corp Competition.  From 2010 to 2015, TVL held both a Global Competition (GVLIC) and a Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC).

2019 TVLIC – Spring
Champion: ShaadiBox, Texas MBA
Sourcing the clothing and accessories necessary for an Indian wedding in the United States can be a complex endeavor for Indian-American brides and grooms. ShaadiBox is a U.S. based online retailer whose goal is to provide Indian-American brides and grooms an affordable, accessible and applicable way to source their wedding party needs.
Pallavi Nair, MBA 2020; Yukti Gangwani, MBA 2020; Jamal Olatunde, MBA 2020

First runner-up: InMoat, Texas MSTC
Second runner-up: Lambert, Texas Electrical and Computer Engineering
Third runner-up: ROOG, MSTC
Fourth runner up: Charitab.ly, Texas MSTC

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: Amigo, Texas MSTC

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
ShaadiBox, Texas MBA
Locoal.Life, Texas MSTC
ReVRse, Texas MBA

2018 TVLIC – Fall
Champion: yourself.online, Texas MBA
yourself.online is the guardian of your online identity and personal data. We provide working professionals and job seekers with the tools to take back control of their online brand and privacy. Founded by ex-Googlers, we have a proof of concept, initial product-market fit and are seeking investment for further design, development and marketing.
James Chance, MBA 2019

First runner-up: Auto Labs, Texas MBA
Second runner-up: Bloom, Texas MSTC
Third runner-up: Somerset Sparkling, Texas MBA
Fourth runner up: iFoodly, Texas MSTC

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: Blacktop, Texas MSTC

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Locoal, Texas ASE/ME, Cockrell School of Engineering

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
Locoal, Texas MSTC
CloXero, Texas Pharmacy
Yourself.online, Texas MBA

2018 TVLIC – Spring
Champion: Wilder Systems, Texas MBA
Wilder Systems assists aircraft manufacturers cut costs and improve quality by integrating mobile, collaborative robots which do not require significant factory reconfiguration to implement. Will Wilder, MBA ’18

First runner-up: Varuna, Texas MSTC
Second runner-up: lettershine, Texas MBA
Third runner-up: Lawtomation, Texas Law
Fourth runner up: Somerset Sparkling, Texas MBA

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: Varuna, Texas MSTC

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: WindSails, Texas ASE/ME, Cockrell School of Engineering

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
Boreas Technologies, Texas MSTC
Blended, Texas MBA
Lawtomation, Texas Law

2017 TVLIC – Fall
Champion: SeatPotato, Texas MBA
SeatPotato provides an in-seat delivery solution for concessionaires. Concessionaires and spectators at an entertainment event use the SeatPotato technology infrastructure to allow menu and merchandise orders to be delivered directly to a spectator’s seat.
Brandon Schreiner, MBA 2018; Ankit Baid, MBA 2018; Todd Morrissey, MBA 2018

First runner-up: Wilder Systems, Texas MBA
Second runner-up: Tinted, Texas MSTC
Third runner-up: Secure Logic, Texas MSTC
Fourth runner up: Baby Button, Texas MSTC

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: StockUp, Texas MBA

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Varuna, Texas MSTC

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
Boreas Technologies, Texas MSTC
EmbraceBox, Texas MBA
Business Innovations for Good, MBA and Masters in Global Policy 2018

2017 TVLIC – Spring
Champion: NovoThelium, Ph.D Translational Sciences
NovoThelium has developed a technology that enables women to regenerate a nipple made from their own cells after a mastectomy. The technology preserves the unique native proteins and complex submicron level tissue architecture of the nipple. The technology can be applied to current or past nipple reconstructions. Lauren Cornell, PhD Translational Science 2019

First runner-up: Wilder Systems, Texas MBA
Second runner-up: Desert Door, Texas MBA
Third runner-up: Smart Savior, Texas MBA
Fourth runner up: H-Tech, Texas MSTC

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: Salutem Systems, Texas MSTC

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Bright Volume, Texas MSTC

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
Lawtomation, Texas Law
Interstellar Coatings, Texas Education
Hylio, MS ECE

2016 TVLIC – Fall
Champion: SandBox SemiconductorPh.D Chemical Engineering
Sandbox Semiconductor’s patent-pending technology, Recipe Optimization for Deposition and Etching (“RODEo”) uses kinetic process models and statistical analysis to reduce time and cost of microchip fabrication by a factor of three compared to industry standards. Our mission is to build the best software tools for semiconductor process development. Meghali Chopra, PhD Chemical Engineering ’17

First runner-up: Wilder Systems, Texas MBA
Second runner-up: Ranch Hand, Texas MBA
Third runner-up: SmartCred, Texas MSTC
Fourth runner up: TiiSMO, Texas MBA

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: HealthHat, Texas MSTC

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Mesh, Texas MBA

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
Jordy’s Plantain Chips,Texas MBA
Mesh, Texas MBA
Seat Potato, Texas MBA

2016 TVLIC – Spring
Champion: QuickPlan Solutions, Texas MSTC
QuickPlan Solutions is a software company that has developed a digital mapping software to facilitate construction planning, scheduling, pulling materials on to project sites, and management of assets in order to improve efficiency and productivity.  Matthew Mato, MSTC ’16; Mark McKenzie, MSTC ’16; Saikiran Kolla, MSTC ’16; Olu Kole-James, MSTC ’16.

First runner-up: Barkley’s Canine Cuisine – Texas MBA
Second runner-up: MedNoxa – Texas MSTC
Third runner-up: Kwaddle – Texas MBA
Fourth runner up: Nexus Building Systems – Ph.D Mechanical Engineering

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: Unmanned Applications – Texas MSTC

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Texas Guadaloop – Cockrell School of Engineering/Texas MSTC

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards:
Mednoxa, Texas MSTC
Kwaddle, Texas MBA
Unmanned Applications, Texas MSTC

2015 Global VLIC
Champion: Inscope Medical Solutions, University of Louisville
Inscope Medical Solutions has developed an innovative medical technology that optimizes airway intubation, improving this high-risk procedure’s efficiency, speed and safety — saving lives and lowering costs to healthcare providers. Invented by company founders, the OneScope is a patent-pending WIFI-enabled multi-purpose, disposable laryngoscope that integrates several devices into one.  Leveraging 35 years’ combined experience in the healthcare industry, Inscope Medical’s management team will bring this disruptive device to the $1.1B laryngoscope market.

First runner-up: Ecogent, Thammasat University
Second runner-up: Elegus Technologies, University of Michigan
Third runner-up: Aerox, Thammasat University

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Aerox, Thammasat University


  • Eden Fresh Fruit Solution from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University
  • RelishMBA, University of Virginia
  • Cricket Flours, University of Oregon
  • Viapore, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
  • DexMat, Rice University
  • AirFit, University of Oregon

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards

  • Rural Health Kiosk, Johns Hopkins University
  • SteriDev, Michigan State University
  • SparX Technology, from Northwestern University
  • Homegrown Brewing Company, University of Louisville

2015 TVLIC
Champion: Flipped Health, Texas MSTC
Flipped Health is developing AriVax™, a drug delivery platform that improves vaccine stability, reduces vaccine wastage and enables delivery to high growth emerging markets that can’t meet temperature-controlled supply chain (cold chain) requirements. Cheryl Tulkoff, MSTC ’15; Elizabeth Shumpert, MSTC ’15; Israel Ortiz, MSTC ’15; Brandon Shakley, MSTC ’15; Daniel Cloud, MSTC ’15

James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: BlackBox Trainer, Texas MSTC

2014 Global VLIC
Global Champion: Innoblative Designs, Northwestern University.  The company is developing a novel method of detecting early stage breast cancer, eliminating the need for expensive and dangerous surgery and radiation therapy.

First runner-up: RediGen, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University
Second runner-up: TheraBracelet, University of Louisville
Third runner-up: NanDio, University of Notre Dame

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: RediGen, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University


  • WiseWear, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lemma Cropping Systems, Queensland University of Technology
  • Recon Therapeutics, MIT and Harvard Medical School
  • Rollout, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Fortis, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Rain Seed, The University of Texas at Austin

Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Awards

  • BrewPro, Boise State University
  • Neolys Diagnostics, EMLYON Business School
  • Quick Posture, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
  • NordHouse Medical Solutions, Michigan State University

2014 TVLIC
Champion: WiseWear®, Texas MBA
WiseWear® Corporation is an Austin, Texas-based technology company that develops wearable monitoring devices for fitness, personalized medicine and mHealth applications. Lisa Corless, MBA ’14; Jerry Wilmink, MBA ’14

2013 Global VLIC
Global Champion: Visolis, Indian School of Business
Visolis is developing the next generation of biocatalysts that can convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals and fuels at a price point competitive with petroleum based processes. The team from the Indian School of Business will offer a way to reduce the environmental impact with sustainable alternatives to petroleum based products for a wide range of industries.

First runner-up: Beyonic Technologies, University of Texas at Austin

  • Venture Fellows Entrepreneur Spirits Award: Beyonic Technologies, University of Texas at Austin

Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award: Seismos, University of Texas at Austin 


  • American Water Recycling, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Bearing Analytics, Purdue University Semifinalist
  • Cryoocyte, Harvard Business School Semifinalist
  • LeLux, Sasin Graduate Institute Semifinalist
  • Nutri Food, Thammasat University
  • Seismos, University of Texas at Austin 

E. Craig Nemec Achievement Challenge Awards :

  • Eeme, Carnegie Mellon University
  • CommSense, Purdue University
  • OmniSom Solutions, Johns Hopkins University
  • Neural Analytics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Solaris, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Red Duck Ketchup, University of Oregon

Mystery Judge Competition – Medical Informatics Corp., Rice University

2013 TVLIC
Champion: Seismos, Texas MSTC
Seismos is a technology enabled services company that detects and interprets changes in underground oil and gas reservoirs in real time with unparalleled sensitivity. Devin Bedwell, MSTC ’13, Panos Adamopoulos, MSTC ’13, Steven Slusher, MSTC ’13

2012 Global VLIC
Global Champion: NuMat Technologies, Northwestern University
NuMat Technologies’ mission is to enable world-changing clean energy technologies that critically depend on novel materials precisely engineered on the atomic scale.

First Runner-up:  Athena Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin
Second Runner-up:  Ischiban, University of Cincinnati
Third Runner-up:  Sustainable Agriculture Solutions, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia


  • Havtek, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Qualaris Healthcare Solutions, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Innovostics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Paramaxx, Thammasat University
  • Fashion Forward Maternity, University of Michigan
  • LEMM Technologies, Purdue University

Wells Fargo Clean Energy Award: Paramaxx, Thammasat University

2012 TVLIC
Champion: eyeQ, Texas MBA
eyeQ provides retailers the ability to monitor consumer purchasing behavior, generate retail business intelligence and influence consumer purchasing at the shelf.  Our solution utilizes algorithms based on video analytics to create consumer data for the retailer and provide the customer with a content rich buying experience.   Michael Garel, MBA 2012; Harish Jayakumar, MBA 2012 

2011 Global VLIC
Global Champion: TNG Pharmaceuticals, University of Louisville
TNG Pharmaceuticals has developed a revolutionary vaccine that will alleviate the negative impact of the horn fly, considered the most health depleting and economically damaging pest of cattle.  FlyVax is targeted to reduce the number of horn flies per cow, leading to increased farmer efficiency, production and lower pesticide use.

First Runner-up: Reveal Design Automation, University of Michigan
Second Runner-up: GalvaPlus, Thammasat University
Third Runner-up: Kalood, Brigham Young University


  • BlackLocus, Carnegie Mellon University
  • cyclewood Solutions, University of Arkansas
  • Medtric Biotech, Purdue University
  • O2 Insights, Ohio State University
  • TheraCord, Johns Hopkins University
  • Titin Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thompson & Knight Challenges :

Division I First Runner-up:  TiFiber, University of Arkansas

Division II First Runner-up:  CaIR Technologies, University of Manitoba

2011 TVLIC
Champion: Vocal Media
Vocal Media is an advertising media venture with a low-end disruption to traditional advertising media that is designed to target hard-to-reach, ethnic immigrant populations living in America.   David Saldana, MSTC 2011; Arely Fontecha, MSTC 2011; Marty McCrea, MSTC 2011; Justin Dickstein, MSTC 2011

2010 Global Moot Corp Competition
Global Champion: BiologicsMD, University of Arkansas
BiologicsMD is developing OsteoFlorTM, a new prescription medication for the treatment of osteoporosis. OsteoFlorTM binds directly to bone, nearly tripling new bone growth. Robyn Goforth, Misty Stevens, Michael Thomas, Paul Mlakar

First Runner-up: PCCA Technologies, Carnegie Mellon University
Second Runner-up: Silicon Solar Solutions, University of Arkansas
Third Runner-up: GlucaGo, Indiana University and Purdue University


  • Mega Milk Dairies, Thammasat University
  • Deli Worm, Sun Yat-sen University
  • Ambiq Micro, University of Michigan
  • A2K Technologies, University of Manitoba
  • Recargateli!, CIMAV
  • NanoMark Therapeutics, University of Louisville

2010 TVLIC
Champion: Solavicta
Solavicta is developing a solar technology that can be manufactured for less than $0.50 per watt. This will allow the creation of fully-installed, grid-ready power systems for 25% less than the leading utility-scale solar power technologies.  David McParland, MBA 2010; Franklin Fuchs, MBA 2010

2009 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: FocalPop
FocalPop is a web-based platform that allows companies to finally get the exact photo that they need by allowing them to crowdsource their image requests via a community of photographers across the world. Brian Romanko, MBA 2008; Becky Parker, MBA 2009; Ronnie LeBert, MBA 2009; Eddie Howard, MBA 2009; Libby Essinger, MBA 2009

2008 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Qcue
Qcue is the premier software-based dynamic pricing solution on the market today helping sports teams, venues, promoters, and ticketing organizations set better up-front prices, and adjust to shifting demand, changes in market conditions and real-time sales data.  Barry Kahn, PhD Economics 2007; Jitendra Dalvi, MBA 2007; Andrew Mills, PhD Computer Science 2008

2007 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: MacuCLEAR
MacuCLEAR Inc.™ is a specialty clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel solutions for vascular disorders of the eye.  Douglas Baum, MSSTC 2007; Christopher R. Aniszczyk, MSSTC 2007

2006 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Phurnace Software
Phurnace Software is a leading developer of automation software that significantly reduces the cost, complexity and risk to deploy and configure Java-based applications on physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company was acquired by BMC Software in 2010. Daniel Nelson, MBA 2006

2005 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Bigfoot Networks
Bigfoot Networks delivers the fastest, most intelligent networking solutions designed to improve the way people enjoy the Internet. The Company’s hardware and software products deliver a smooth, uninterrupted consumer experience for online games, streaming HD video and real-time communications. Bigfoot was acquired by Qualcomm in 2011. Harlan Beverly, MBA 2004; Mike Cubbage, MBA 2005; Bob Grim, MBA 2005

2004 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Chipotle Business Group
Chipotle Business Group, Inc. is a global solutions provider. Be it famine, poor sanitation, natural disaster, or other worldwide problem, CBGI seeks to find innovative solutions by bringing together cutting edge technologies, state, national and international agencies/organizations, and best-in-class researchers, developers, and service providers. Sridhar Pushpavanam, MBA 2004;  Jim Farrell,MBA 2004; Joe Zirnhelt, MBA 2004; Tracey Ayre, MBA 2004;Scott Evans, MBA 2004

2002 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Organic Energy Systems
Organic Energy Systems converts organic material into natural gas used to power environmentally friendly energy systems. Tamara Young, Andy Rose, Ted Calvin

2001 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Private Concepts
Private Concepts provides safe, affordable, home diagnostic medical tests for women. The company’s initial product is a self-administered cervical cancer screen. Pat Pevoto, Andy Campbell, Niki Aberle, Lynn Wright, Tim Wilson

2000 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Halsa Pharmaceuticals
Halsa Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, cachexia and other metabolic diseases. Phil Speros, Denise Bynum, Kristen Etheredge, James Clyde

1999 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: BackTrack Solutions
BackTrack manages the receipt, handling and  resale of returned merchandise for multi-channel and e-commerce retailers.  Jason Sears, Esther Schuller, Brian Graybill, Shawn Sullivan, Frank Mastronnuzi

1998 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Isochron Data, LLC
Isochron Data has developed wireless technologies that allow companies to monitor and gather data from their vending machines on a real-time basis. Erin DeFosse, Aruni Gunasegaram, Rhett Keisler

1997 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: BioGel, Inc.
BioGel offers a product which will reduce the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Barry Baker, Chris Hegeman, Dave Hendrix, Lauranne Labiosa

1996 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Easy Learning Technology Joe Wiseman, Marc Hite, Haluk Elci, Stephanie Carr, Carolyn Faour, Desmond Davis

1995 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: True Dimensions, Inc.
True Dimensions will manufacture and market an ergonomically advanced office chair. Jeff Hoogendam, Mike Hanratty, Irene Bond, Wes Boyd

1994 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Zeoponics, Inc. Kevin Williams, Clay Williams, Scott Uhrig, Brad Dunn, Jordan Silber

1993 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Ampersand Art Supply, Inc.
In 1994, Ampersand Art Supply began reviving the time-honored tradition of panel painting with the creation of Claybord™, their first coated painting panel. Over the years, Ampersand has added many painting panels with unique surface coatings and profiles suitable for all media from oils to pastels. Elaine Salazar, Kathy Henderson, Dave Shackleton, Drew Tingleaf

1992 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Expert Application System, Inc.
Expert Application Systems, Incorporated (EASI) develops compliance software systems for growth markets. EASI’s systems are designed to be extremely user-friendly, accurate, and portable among computer platforms.  Patricia Mack, Debra Beard, Margarita Ash, Mark Cooper, J. Joseph Cooper

1991 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: MBA Practice Management Scott Collier, Larry Hanrahan, Mark Quigley, David Rogers

Fall 1989 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: USAdboards USAdboards designs advertising boards for restrooms of establishments like hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and airports. Lars Baumgurtel, Paul Myhill, Mike Engleman, Chris Wilson, Greg Wolfe

Spring 1989 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Diamond Technologies, Inc. Diamond Technologies’ mission was to commercialize new diamond coating techniques developed for President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. Ricardo Barrientos, Paul Hudson, Don Lindgren, Bill Riley

1988 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Professional Greetings, Inc. Natalie Robb, Christian Gerbail, Douglas Stuckey, Kevin Phelon

1987 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Mobile Mechanics Brian Forbes, Steven Linder, John O’Shea, John Thomas

1986 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: Liquid Piston Technologies Jeff Malinak, Bill Phelps, Brian Wilson

1985 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: The Hydrocarbon Recovery Co. Duncan Butler, Patrick Clegg, Bradford Denning, Gene Shepperd

1984 Texas Moot Corp
Champion: PolyPallet, Inc. PolyPallet proposed to design, manufacture and market a pallet which combined both high and low density polyethylene into a single piece of injection-molded polyethylene. Andrew Greenwell, Carolyn Loyd, Tom McCaffrey, Joe Williams