2015 Graduate Student Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to our 2015 Winners!

$10,000 Grand Prize Winner

University of Houston, USA

Wavve Stream is a water filtration company producing a patented graphene-based nanotechnology that enable existing water filtration systems to simultaneously remove various contaminants. The company manufactures a liquid solution that can be applied to filter membranes, and beads that can be integrated to water filtration filters.

Wavve Stream

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$5,000 LESI Global Award Winner

University of Waterloo, Canada

Maieutic addresses imprecision and wear in industrial dies and surfaces. “Programmable Surface” forms persistent shapes that can be adjusted in real time to monitor and correct defects and variations that occur in the manufacturing process.


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LES Members' Choice Award

Washington State University, USA

TriboTEX is a clean-tech startup leveraging a proprietary, eco-friendly nanoparticle product with two functionally different sides that effectively reconditions moving parts during normal operation.


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Throughout the Competition process, participating teams received unmatched educational resources, mentorship, and opportunities to sample IP services. Finalists competed for a $10,000 Grand Prize, a $5,000 LES International Global Award and the inaugural LES Member’s Choice Award. All runner-up teams received $1,000, and each of the teams selected from a pool of value in-kind prizes to assist with future business needs.

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