UC Berkeley Startup Competition Winners: Pictured l. to r. are competition co-chair Alex Loa, MBA 14; Resido Medical's Kate Rosenbluth, John Paderi, and Vijay Rajasekhar; Lester Center Executive Director Andre Marquis; and competition co-chair Slava Balter, MBA 14.
A team that has developed a device to help patients with hand and wrist tremors won the grand prize in the 15th annual UC Berkeley Startup Competition Friday.
Resido Medical, the grand prize winner, has developed a small wearable device for patients to improve their hand and wrist tremors without interfering in their ability to perform daily activities.
In addition to the $20,000 grand prize, Resido Medical also took home $5,000 as the Life Sciences Track winner.
Other winners, including Haas students and alumni, were:
- Energy & Cleantech Track Winner ($5,000): Seismos, a company whose technology was developed by the Berkeley Lawrence Laboratory. Seismos detects and interprets changes in underground oil and gas reservoirs in real time with unparalleled sensitivity by using proprietary software, hardware, and seismic technology. The team includes Haas alumnus Panos Adamopoulos, MBA 01.
- IT & Web Track Winner ($5,000): SweatGuru, an OpenTable-style software platform that provides fitness businesses with a single solution for business management and growth and consumers with a single destination for discovering, reserving, and paying for fitness classes online.
- Product & Services Track Winner ($5,000): Produk.me, a consumer relationship platform to help companies with brand loyalty, up-sales, and product improves. The team includes Haas entrepreneurship lecturer Ajay Bam.
- People's Choice Winner ($5,000): Eventable, a platform that helps marketers convert a customer’s online actions into in-store shopping experiences by promoting events and sales through personalized calendar feeds.
- Elevator Pitch Winner ($2,500): Fresh Picks, a new way of ordering food by connecting busy people who crave home-cooked meals with their neighbors who love to prepare them. The team includes Haas students Minnie Fong, MBA 13, and Katie Fritts, MBA 14.
All semi-finalists also have the opportunity to secure $100,000 in funding grants and mentorship from FOUNDER.org, one of the competition's sponsors.
To compete, each team must have one member that is a current UC Berkeley or UC San Francisco student, alumnus, faculty, or staff member. The event is organized by Haas students with support from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.