Ten teams participated as finalists in the iLaunch Competition.
The iLaunch finals, the Hub's own "Shark Tank"™-like experience, served as an opportunity for 10 startup teams to pitch to a real investor panel to win the top prize of $10,000. Designed to identify, grow and launch startup companies, the annual competition involves entrepreneurs from Texas Tech and the West Texas community.
The winners are:
First place: PCOS Innovations, LLC
An app based on proven research that helps women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) by providing a nutrition guide, grocery list, recipes, body mass index tracker, motivational videos and resources for support.
Team lead: Dr. Jennifer Phy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)
Second place: Confocal TechMed
A diagnostic software utilizing machine learning with novel criteria to read and interpret imagery captured in real-time on the surface of the skin.
Team lead: Jasmin Rahesh, TTUHSC student
Third place: Blossom Wear
A patented idea that addresses the need for menstrual-leak protection and concealed methods of carrying feminine-hygiene products.
Team lead: Tena Gonzales, community member
The winners were announced Friday (Feb. 7) during the Innovation Hub's Entrepreneur Social.