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M.B.A. Student Awarded Top Prize in 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards Scholarship Competition

Chicago Innovation Awards and IIT Stuart partnered to host the Chicago Innovation Awards Scholarship Competition, providing students a unique opportunity to apply their knowledge to finding solutions for under-served or unmet needs. Congratulations to the students who competed! Help celebrate their innovations at the awards ceremony on April 7, 2015.

Gold Prize - $5,000:

  • "Bhoomi" — Future of farming through sustainable fertilizer use, submitted by Barinder Mangat (M.B.A. ‘15)

Silver Prizes - $2,000 each: 

  • "The Machine" — Data-analysis software platform, submitted by Karun Abraham Jacob (M.S. EMS ‘15)
  • “Jiang Ren”— Online marketplace for Chinese handicraftsman, submitted by Lu Dai (M.S. EMS ‘16)

Bronze Prizes - $500 each:

  • "Food for Thought" — Food-scanner app, submitted by Catherine DeMuro (M.S. EMS ‘16) and Megan McKitterick (M.S. EMS/M.B.A. ‘16)
  • "Ipsum" — Public digital life organizer, submitted by Andrew Hosford (M.B.A./M.S. Finance ‘16)

All Entries

Entrant Co-Entrant Name of the Innovation
Akhil Choudhary Skinvent - An alluring blend of Nature and Beauty
Andrew Hosford Ipsum
Ariana Shadlyn Amanda Rosenberg Notice — an at-home STI testing service
Barinder Mangat Bhoomi- Future of farming through sustainable fertilizer use
Bingfang Zou Favor Runner
Biyu Hua Yue Liu StartOrder®
Burbuqe Muhadri Bruno Henrique Student Concierge- Alone??? Not Anymore
Carina Cicioglu Share-Your-Closet
Catherine DeMuro Megan McKitterick Food for Thought
Christopher Howard H.E.L.P. Inc. (Homeowner's, Entrepreneur's, Landowner's & Project)
David Coxhead Moving Well - Improving transportation workers' psychological well-being and performance
David Singler The Batting Bucket
Diego Borchers Healthy Buyer
Dite Gashi ParKing
Egzon Berisha Coffeejob
Fan Yang Saichao Gu Extour
Fengtengzi Yu Let's get beautiful
Han Cui Talent Sharing .com
Hao Gao Shouhao li A Study of the Relationship Between Company Stock Price and Twitter Sentiment of Product Releasing Event
Haotian Guo SMART Education
Huangyi Shao SAFO--Stay Away From OCD
Jiahui Liu Fly Companion
Jiayun Shi Lu Yan MealBox
Jimeet Shah Piggyride
Jiwei Tian Happy Fit Ads
Jordan Trotto 1Touch Tech Support
Julio Moreira Sampaio Food to Grow
Kai Ge Symptom
Kan Lin Design it yourself
Karun Abraham Jacob The Machine
Kyle Zak Death and Taxes LLC
Lai Wei Hungry? website/App
Li Wei Doctor Recommendation System
Linyi Zhang Mengna Li Chicago on Transit
Lu Dai The website for "Jiang Ren", which is an old Chinese saying of handicraftsmen.
Man-Chun Wang Closet Helper
Mengchen Li “Roomfinder”
Mengmeng Zheng “Our Bills Manager”---Link bills to others and pay together
Muhsuan Chin Health check
Natalia Crestani FridgeBuddy
Natsumi Komoda Designit
Natsumi Komoda Designit
Nerijus Steponavicius Spalva
Nidhi Sharma Counseling Connection
Prasad Kishor Naik Sustainext Business Solution
Qi Zhang Yao Yao Together
Qian Dong Yunzhou Xiao Wall Planter
Qihuan Lin Beauty Home
Rahul Ainapur Doc Connect
Ruonan Wang Christmas Tree Rental Business
Saili Tao Healthier
Tingrui Huang E-HANDS
Wei Shen Testing Business Company
Wei Zhao Alienfood Supplier
Xin Pan Golden Carp
Yange Liang Surprise Goods
Yao Yao Smart Transport For Smart Phones
Yawen Chen Pay It!
Yongxin Zhou My indoor green
Zaira Ortiz Sounds to Words
Zhao Cui Men's way