TU teams advance to Governor's Cup finals

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Four teams compete in entrepreneurial competition

Students from The University of Tulsa will be recognized at the 9th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup gala awards dinner on April 18 at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Events Center.

The Governor’s Cup, a collegiate business plan competition, simulates the real process of creating a business plan and pitching the idea to potential investors. This year’s contestants include 48 student teams from 15 Oklahoma universities and colleges. Top teams receive more than $150,000 in cash prizes and $15,000 in scholarships.

Governor's CupAfter submitting business plans in the first round of competition, two TU graduate teams and two undergraduate teams have advanced to the oral presentation finals on April 13 in Oklahoma City. The presentations will be judged by nearly 50 business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.

Claire Cornell, assistant director of the TU International Business and Entrepreneurship Institute, serves as adviser for the two graduate teams, EchoCharge and Turtle One, as well as the undergraduate team TransCare.

As EchoCharge, Martin Green, Bingjie Ji, Reid Johnston and Katherine Sind have developed a method for extending cell phone battery life by harnessing energy from the voice of the phone user and surrounding noise vibrations. With the help of nano-wire technology, EchoCharge recycles vibration energy back to the cell phone battery, increasing its capacity up to 20 percent.

Nick Wood and Phoebe Hardwicke are Turtle One. They have developed a database search technique that retrieves information and produces results five times faster than current methods. The technique is compatible with MySQL, an open source database management system.

Undergraduates Carlos Diaz, Jacob Miller and Cody Redmond are TransCare. Their plan provides software to hospitals that track patients after discharge, reducing unnecessary readmissions within 30 days.

David Greer, executive director of the Institute for Information Security, is adviser for the undergraduate team Code Sooq – Marla Blum, Mark Denhoed, Stephen Macke and Ahmed El-Kishky. Code Sooq’s web-based service connects software programmers with potential customers.

Final results will be announced at the April 18 awards dinner where Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to attend. The Governor’s Cup is managed by the technology company i2E Inc., and is underwritten by sponsors including the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, AT&T, Phillips66 and State Regents for Higher Education.

Gail Banzet