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Launch CWRU Weekend 2016 winners announced

Nine teams made it through Launch CWRU Weekend, including more than 40 participants representing a range of academic pursuits, graduating classes, and all manners and forms of personal interests, professional pursuits and aspirations.

In the end, the winner was ChromaSense, a lab safety application created by CWRU students Hannah Cao, Matthew Lee and Shiva Sridar.

Second place went to FlyrBag, a system for sharing (selling) excess airline baggage capacity, from a team composed of Rachel Adelman, Dominic Bruno, Rajeeva Mahalinga, Scott Michaud and Nathan Palella.

SurveHD, a gaming and entertainment center designed around the use of shipping containers, was created by Michael Camper and Steven Su, and came in third place.

Registered attendees came from several area schools. FlyrBag included students from University of Akron and CWRU. SurveHD represented CWRU and the Cleveland Institute of Art

More than a dozen area professionals volunteered their time as mentors over the weekend.

Melanie and Toby Maloney delivered the weekend keynote. Saturday seminar presentations included representatives from the CWRU Intellectual Property Venture Clinic (Liza Heinig) and the CWRU student groups EXCEL (Keniece Gray), Design for America (Marc Bouchet), and WISER (Maggie McClarren). Venture for America also presented to the group (Cherie Chung and John Wetzel).

The judging panel included representatives of Venture for America (Cherie Chung and Alex Hilleary) and the Veale Foundation (Executive Director Cynthia Bailie).

Weatherhead School of Management and the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[ box ] provided lead sponsorship support for LaunchNet’s Launch CWRU Weekend

CWRU LaunchNet receives generous program support from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.