2017 Launch Competition Winners

The annual Launch Competition provides the most promising ventures and talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to join the Venture Class program.

$25,000 Award Winners


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Hubspring Health

Hubspring Health is the brainchild of technologists and physicians Frank Gencorelli, M.D. and Andrew Rosendahl, M.D., Ph.D.

During his residency, Gencorelli, whose undergraduate degree is in engineering from FAU, became frustrated at how much time was wasted struggling to access even the most basic resources and communicate with his team.

When time was critical to a patient's outcome, he had to login to a desktop computer, access the hospital’s intranet, locate a shared folder and, with some luck, find the information he needed.

“Things that seem easy outside of health care were incredibly time consuming in the hospital, where patients’ lives lie in the balance,” Gencorelli said. He and Rosendahl, a medical colleague, co-founded Hubspring to sove this pervasive problem in the industry.

The Hubspring software platform — "The Hub" — puts all mission critical content and communication tools in one place, making it accessible from any device or location, eliminating delays in care.

"The Hub has been transformative” in the medical departments using it, including the University of Miami, University of Texas, University of Tennessee and many others, according to Gencorelli.
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Ridgeback Network Defense

Ridgeback Network Defense founder Tom Phillips spent decades working on technology in national security for the U.S. government.

Phillips and co-CEOs, Raj Kulkarni and Scott Fogarty, created Ridgeback, a security platform that defeats malicious computer network invasion in real time. Ridgeback dramatically shifts the odds in favor of the enterprise to detect and eliminate hackers, a $75 billion global problem, according to Fogarty.

The technology performs by populating a company’s network with the appearance of billions of “IT assets” — computers, servers, copiers — fake resources that act as landmines when hackers try to infiltrate a network.

“The minute the hackers scan the network they’re scanning fake resources,” Fogarty said. “Every decoy is a landmine, and every time it’s tripped, the compromised computer is taken offline and the threat is stopped. Our product sends confusing and irritating information back to the hacker.”

For national security uses, Ridgeback maintains an open connection to the hackers, meaning the hackers’ machines are susceptible to being exploited.

Unlike many cybersecurity solutions on the market, which require hardware, bandwidth and human management, Ridgeback can be downloaded and made operable within 10 minutes.

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Tap2Open eliminates call box aggravation in gated communities.

Created by FAU computer science graduate Mark Grosberg, Tap2Open grants entry to residents and invited guests via smartphone, tablet or computer.

The system is ideal for regular visitors, like weekly pool service staff, delivery drivers and other expected guests. It also works for one time visitors.

“There’s a lot of options for the community and how they choose to deploy the system,” Grosberg said. "The product can be tailored to meet the specifics needs of the community."

Call boxes would still be available for guests without smart devices.
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Videopura is a cloud platform that halves the file size of videos streamed on the Internet.

Hari Kalva, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, developed software to discard what’s not visible to the viewer, based on principles of human vision.

“When we watch videos and process information, there are certain aspects you see and others you don’t see,” Kalva said. “Our software can analyze a video, identify what is happening and encode only the portions of the video that are relevant for perception.” For example, when a movie cuts from scene to scene or a camera angle changes, “our eyes do not see many details in up to five to 210 frames before the cut,” according to Kalva.

During trials, users compared video streamed on local news channels’ websites to Videopura’s reduced file size version. “In all cases, we found our video is the same or better quality than what’s out there,” said Kalva.

By reducing file size, consumers use less data and videos load faster. This results in a cost savings for consumers, and service providers benefit by lowering the costs of storage and streaming.

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 Last Modified 7/6/17