We Have Our Winners!!

Nearly sixty teams of entrepreneurially-minded graduate students from around the globe entered this year's LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition with submissions featuring ground-breaking technologies and services. 

2013 Grand Prize Winner

2013 LES Foundation Winner

(l to r) LES Foundation President Tom Britven with Grand Prize Winner 
Empire Robotics' President Bill Culley from Cornell University

Cornell University, USA

Empire Robotics, Inc. is commercializing a platform robotics technology through its first product, a universal robot gripper. Gripping and manipulating varied objects addresses a fundamental problem in industrial automation.



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Global Award Recipients!

2013 LES Foundation Global Award Winners

Global Award Recipients Stephen Kayode of University of Arkansas
ParadigMed (right) and Antonio Gentile of Universita del Salento's (Italy)
MRS (left) with LES Foundation Secretary Peter Ross (center)

Universita del Salento, Italy

MRS provides breakthrough technology to increase the efficiency of PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) processes used in the production of microchips, micro electro-mechanical systems, solar cells and other hi-tech devices.



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University of Arkansas, USA

ParadigMed, LLC offers the patent-pending Circumex® adult male circumcision device. This is a cost-effective, disposable, non-surgical device that can be used in an outpatient setting.



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Thank you to Our Supporters!

The 2013 Competition is made possible by:

2013 Competition Sponsors
LES USA/Canada

Duff & Phelps


In-Kind Prize Donors

Bracewell & Giuliani

Fisher Adams Kelly
Knobbe Martens
2013 Competition Dinner

Bracewell & Giuliani

Ross, Mongeon, Covello & Co