2007 Intel + UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

First Prize Winner:
Navaris Medical, Germany: Business_Creators@UnternehmerTUM

Navaris Medical introduces revolutionary operation procedures for removal of lymph nodes containing breast cancer cells by introducing intra-operative 3D imaging that can be applied before, during and after the operation, allowing the surgeon to precisely locate the lymph nodes – visually and three-dimensionally.

Second Prize Winner:
NRG Fuels, Israel: NOVATech Competition Central Eastern Europe

One of the most promising measures to combat global warming and depleting fuel supplies lies in the use of Biodiesel. As of today, biodiesel is mostly produced from of crop-based feedstock. Thus, its production is constrained by limiting factors such as availability of agricultural land, cost and ethical paradoxes of using arable land for the production of fuel rather than food. Negev Renewable Green Fuels (‘NRG Fuels’) is a clean-tech developer of innovative microalgae growth technology for biodiesel production. The company provides a low-cost/high output solution to the problems described above by utilizing sea water, non-agricultural land and cutting-edge microalgae technology for the production of biodiesel. Another important environmental impact is due to the increased absorbance of carbon dioxide in the process of microalgae growth; a key issue in minimizing global warming and its hazardous effects.

Third Prize Winner:
Trivial Solutions, Brazil: GV-Intel Brazilian Challenge of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

Trivial presents vEye, a navigation system to be used in outdoor environments and based on tactile feedback (vibration) provided by mobile phones. By using voice command recognition software, vEye can detect where the user intends to go and give him step-by-step directions for getting there by means of simple commands issued to the user via different vibration patterns; vEye intends to bridge the gap between the visually impaired and navigation information that is available today but is targeted only for people who can see (i.e. maps, signs, etc.). By providing them with the necessary means to walk through unknown environments without having to depend on anyone else vEye leads people to a much more autonomous life.

People's Choice Prize Winner:
Qmodule, Russia: BIT Russia Competition

Qmodule defines its mission as making innovative contribution to the development, production and marketing of BATTERY-FREE ELECTRONICS. Qmodule holds 4 basic international patents and demonstrated feasibility of Qmodule technologies at numerous working prototypes of battery-free consumer and industrial electronic products. Qmodule is going to launch pilot production and sales of the Qmodule battery-free products on the markets with more than $200 billion capacity.


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