GAINESVILLE, FL – The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention * is pleased to announce the Sweet 16 finalists for the 7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation. Named after the Dr. J. Robert Cade, who led the team that invented Gatorade in 1965, the Prize is an annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida. The goals of the Prize are to provide seed capital and publicity for great ideas with market potential.
The museum received over 100 entries from around the state, and through the first and second rounds of judging have narrowed the entries down to 16 finalists. A reception for the Sweet 16 will be held on March 16 in Gainesville.
The Final Four semi-finalists will be named on March 28 and they will make live presentations to a panel of judges on April 30. The winner will be announced that same evening at the 2nd Annual Inventivity Bash, presented by RTI Surgical, at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville.
The Cade Museum Prize is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, in-kind legal services are being sponsored by Saliwanchik, Lloyd and Eisenschenk. The Cade Museum Prize competition and judging platform is sponsored by Skild.
A complete list and contact information for each of the Sweet 16 finalists can be found below, and more information about the Cade Museum Prize can be found at www.cademuseum.org or by calling Jennifer Denault at (352) 371-8001.
*About the Cade Museum: In 2004, Dr. James Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to design and build a museum in Gainesville in order to inspire creative thinking, future inventors, and early entrepreneurs. A physician at the University of Florida (UF), Dr. Cade was best known as the leader of the research team that invented Gatorade for the UF football team in 1965.
The Cade Museum is scheduled to open in 2017 in downtown Gainesville. Learn more at http://www.cademuseum.org/
Sweet 16 Finalists (alphabetically ordered by company)
Prefabricated living modules that snap together and are easily assembled, transported, and adaptable to diverse terrain.
Contact: Sean Verdecia, email@example.com
Actionable Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Software- A unique combination of software as a service and customized testing procedures developed by food experts for food experts.
Contact: Eric Graves, firstname.lastname@example.org
The world’s first GPS luggage tracker with hidden cameras.
Contact: Felix Mercado, Felix@AKQYS.com
Worker Bee- A platform-as-a-service for industrial workplaces, this robotics system is a revolutionary new product for completing dirty, dangerous, and dull tasks.
Contact: Rob Dahlstrom, email@example.com
XCPC Collectors- External concentrating parabolic solar collectors that provide heat, with a small enough footprint, to be practical for commercial and industrial use.
Contact: William Guiney, firstname.lastname@example.org
faCTChecker- A micro-filter-based CTC (circulating tumor cells) capture and characterization platform to reveal important information of the metastatic process and contribute to the better management of cancer.
Contact: Siddarth Rawal, email@example.com
DyCap Media Solutions
Nimbus Auto Tracker- A camera module that automates video production by utilizing state of the art image tracking technology
Contact: Armand Sepulveda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology developed for self-cleaning and omnidirectional anti-reflective films which can be easily applied on solar panels to improve the overall service lifetime.
Contact: Jonathan Wachob, email@example.com
A water based fuel that burns clean and offers equal or more power for all current fossil fuel applications.
Contact: Walter Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Body-on-a-Chip- In vitro human models for drug and chemical testing to reduce the rate of failed human clinical trials and therefore decrease the cost to develop new drugs.
Contact: Jeffrey Anderson, email@example.com
A system that promotes algae biomass production from wastewater, reducing anthropogenic discharges of nutrients into receiving waters, while converting waste products into algae biomass.
Contact: Daniel Yeh, firstname.lastname@example.org
A sleep mask that uses light to prevent preterm birth, thereby reducing death in newborns.
Contact: Don Rosenkoetter, email@example.com
One Health Labs
Patented medical technology utilizes ultraviolet light to inactivate surface bacteria while preserving the viability of host cells, thus reducing the likelihood of infection in surgical site wounds.
Contact: Jennifer Bentley, Bentleyj84@gmail.com
A mobile app based student management and communication system that makes school dismissal smarter, safer, and cheaper.
Contact: Saravana Pat Bhava, firstname.lastname@example.org
ReSPECT- a device and software system that minimize complication rates and improve shoulder function in Osteoarthritic cases.
Contact: David Walker, email@example.com
Launch vehicles and prototyping services for responsive space exploration.
Contact: Glenn Wagner