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Two Auburn University entrepreneur teams among 10 finalists in second Alabama Launchpad Competition of 2013

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two Auburn University entrepreneur teams are among 10 finalists in the 2013 Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition’s proof of commercial competition, announced recently by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.

The two finalists with Auburn University connections, Heartlife Technology LLC and Respriva, are competing for a share of $100,000 in award money. They were chosen from a field of 27 applicants by a five-judge panel made up of entrepreneurs, investors and corporate stakeholders. The contest is meant to promote, reward and increase high-growth, innovative ventures that have the potential to cultivate jobs in Alabama. Both teams are working closely with Auburn’s Office of Technology Transfer to develop materials for the competition.

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Auburn-led team among three winners of Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An entrepreneur team led by a recent Auburn University graduate is one of three winners in the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition’s $100,000 proof of commercial relevance final round, announced recently by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.

The team’s company, Carbon NanoTube Engineered Surfaces, or CNTES, was formed to enhance the surface composition of composite materials, improving interlaminate strength by as much as 40 percent to date; the technology could be applied in the manufacturing of products such as stronger and more efficient wind turbine blades. The technology is a co-invention between Auburn and the University of Alabama, which also contributed to the team.

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Three Auburn University entrepreneur teams among 13 finalists in Alabama Launchpad Competition

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three Auburn University entrepreneur teams are among 13 finalists competing for a share of $100,000 in the 2013 Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition’s proof of commercial relevance round, announced recently by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.

The finalists were chosen from a field of 22 entrants by a five-judge panel comprised of entrepreneurs, investors and corporate stakeholders. The competition is designed to promote innovative ventures that have the potential to grow and thrive in the state.

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Auburn University team takes third place in 2011 Launchpad competition

AUBURN – Auburn University’s IPC Foam team took home the third-place prize and $25,000 from the 2011 Alabama Launchpad Governor’s Business Plan Competition held on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile in April. The annual statewide event is a partnership between the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, several of the state’s leading companies and six Alabama universities.

IPC Foam is a proposed structural materials company based on a novel composite foam invented by Hareesh Tippur, professor in Auburn’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his former graduate student, Rahul Jhaver. The lightweight material has improved strength and energy absorption properties over similar products currently available on the market, and could see applications in the aerospace, maritime and automotive industries.

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Auburn team reaches finals of Alabama Launchpad competition

AUBURN – What started as an interdisciplinary class at Auburn University has evolved into a business plan that’s landed one of the top nine spots in this year’s Alabama Launchpad Governor’s Business Plan Competition.

Alabama Launchpad is a partnership between the state’s university, business and economic development communities to encourage and support innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship in Alabama. Their annual business plan competition helps start-up companies with seed capital and advice, and is open to ventures affiliated with any of several in-state universities.

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