Inventech Case Competition

WHAT IS IT?

The Miller Competition Series presents the first ever Tech Transfer case competition, in which teams of 2-4 students have 4 days to analyze a technology and present a business model around it. Teams will choose a technology from three categories: software, engineering and life science. Each category will be judged by a knowledgeable panel and each will have a winner. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes. 3-8 teams will be admitted per technology.

The Technologies will be released on November 16th at 11:59pm.

IMPORTANT DATES

November 16: Technologies released by 11:59pm and Registration opens!

November 27: Competition kickoff at 7pm. Register by November 27th at 11:59pm.

November 30: Final presentations

REGISTER HERE

TECHNOLOGIES

1. Software: VoiceTracks

Vocal teachers participate in multiple auditions, recitals, and proficiency exams throughout the year for each student. The administrative burden of scoring and giving feedback to these students is significant. Voice tracks allows multiple raters to submit their scores and it takes care of the calculation of the final score and minimizes the department paperwork. Students using the system are able to get feedback quickly and access that feedback from previous semesters. BYU and UVU’s vocal performance departments are currently using this software and many other universities are interested.

2. Engineering: Diaper Origami

Researchers at BYU developed origami-inspired methods that have the potential to increase the performance and fit of adult diapers. Origami patterns are sewn, adhered, woven, or otherwise incorporated into the structure of the adult diaper. These patterns are selected for the front and back panels to have more curvature when stretched around the human form. Tighter creases in the origami pattern lead to an increase in capillary action and therefore an increase in wicking capability.

3. Life Sciences: Diathermy

Skeletal muscle is a highly adaptive tissue that constitutes approximately 40-50% of our body mass. During certain conditions, our muscle mass will tend to decrease (i.e., during age, immobilization, or spaceflight). Loss of muscle mass directly affects physical and functional work capacity, decreases our quality of life, and increases mortality. BYU researchers have discovered that deep muscle heating induced by shortwave diathermy treatment is capable of increasing muscle mitochondrial capacity, producing an effect similar to exercise and increasing muscle mass.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to be a scientist to understand the technologies?

No. The goal of this competition is to build a business model around these technologies.

What is the objective of the competition?

Similar to the Business Model Competition, this case competition will involve validating a business model around one of three technologies. The team presenting the best validated business model for each technology wins.

Should my team work over Thanksgiving?

No. The full case packets and judging criteria will not be released until November 27th to discourage teams from working over their break.

How do I register?

Click on the link above, or right here.

How will I learn enough to validate a business model?

Visit the Rollins Center (TNRB 470), find mentors, conduct interviews, search online, make phone calls, etc. Be creative – you might find valuable answers in unlikely places!

What are the benefits and prizes?

$800 will be awarded to the top team for each of the three technologies. Also, doing well in the competition may help you acquire the technology in negotiations with the Tech Transfer Office or profit from a Representative Agreement (take a 5% commission when you find an investor to buy the technology, e.g.).

I have other concerns. Can I speak to someone?

You can contact us at mcsbyu@gmail.com or stop by the Rollins Center in 470 TNRB.