2017 Teams

1st Place – $50K: RoBotany (Carnegie Mellon University): 

RoBotany is an indoor vertical farming company using automated robotics and software analytics to transform modern agriculture. The company was recently featured in NEXTpittsburgh as one of 17 tech companies to watch in 2017. 

2nd Place – $10K: Teratonix (Carnegie Mellon University):

Teratonix is a maintenance-free solution that converts ambient radio waves to generate electricity on a spot.

3rd Place – $5K: RE-Empower (University of Maryland): 

RE-Empower is a social enterprise committed to help eradicate global energy and economic poverty through the development of renewable energy systems for critical institutions and businesses in developing and emerging economies.

3rd Place – $5K MPEL-EV (University of Maryland): 

MPEL-EVtech develops Electrical Vehicle technology, bi-directional, high efficiency, multi-functional EV charging system.

Fan Favorite – $5K: Minimus (Robert Morris University): 

Minimus delivers hyper-efficient, DC powered homes that are highly customizable and socially beneficial.

2016 Teams

1st – $50K: Expresso Logic (University of Pennsylvania)

Following their success in the Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize in March 2016, the winner of the $50,000 top prize Expresso Logic (formerly known as DR-Advisor) continues to develop its software, a data-driven demand response recommender system, along with pilot demonstrations on real buildings. Expresso Logic will develop and roll out the beta version of its software and continue  pilot demonstrations in the greater Philadelphia region with utility companies, grid operators, curtailment service providers, and building owners and facilities managers. Learn more about Expresso Logic’s work on its website or contact Dr. Madhur Behl. Watch this video to learn more about Expresso Logic:

2nd – $15K:  Manta Biofuel (University of Maryland)

Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore based biotechnology firm that has developed a three step method for producing renewable crude oil from algae, tied for second place with Waven Technologies, a team from Carnegie Mellon. Manta Biofuel secured a $100K investment from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation and a two-year $1M Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research Grant. The funding will be used to complete development of the team’s algae harvesting technology. This summer, Manta Biofuel deployed the next version of its algae harvesting technology in the field. The team hopes to harvest algae from 3 million gallons of water. Learn more about Manta Biofuel or contact Dr. Ryan Powell.

2nd – $15K: Waven Technologies (Carnegie Mellon University)

Waven Technologies, the team behind Waven Technologyan innovative ocean wave energy converter technology that produces electricity in an efficient, cost-competitive and reliable manner, has finalized its design to fabricate a prototype for testing in the wave channel at the national oil spill response test facility, Ohmsett. The team also started discussions for partnership with a world leader in offshore mooring and subsea services, as well as with energy-producing companies. Contact the Waven team.

2nd – Gecko Robotics (Carnegie Mellon University) at the Rice Business Plan Competition

Gecko Robotics, a Carnegie Mellon Team, did not place in the Allegheny Region competition, but received 3rd place overall and 1st place in Energy at the 2016 Rice University Business Plan Competition. They received almost $150,000 in cash prizes. The company builds robots that automate factory inspections, in order to save money, improve energy efficiency, and reduce injury and death in the workplace. Gecko was featured in TechCrunch and named one of the top seven startups from the Y Combinator Spring 2016 Demo Day. You can learn more about Gecko Robotics journey in our upcoming information session on the Allegheny Region Cleantech UP Collegiate Competition. Contact the Gecko Robotics Team.

Watch this video to learn about Gecko Robotics:

3rd – $5K: Saloleum (Chatham University)

3rd – $5K+$5K Fan Favorite: WindiGo Turbines (Drexel University)