Posted 9.14.15

Launch CWRU Weekend wrapped up Sunday, September 6, and Weatherhead School of Management had representation on all three of the placing teams.

The CWRU Blackstone LaunchPad Launch CWRU Weekend is a three-day workshop and competition for aspiring entrepreneurs that connects students and alumni to the resources they need to launch a startup. Participants explore their business ideas, form teams, create (or develop ideas for) products or services, and receive feedback on potential ventures from experts in the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial community.

More than 140 individuals pre-registered for the event including students (undergraduate to doctoral) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Kent State; alumni; and community members. Schools represented included Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Industrial Design and Medicine.

Twenty-four individuals pitched their ideas Friday, September 4, and 16 teams formed to commence the 48-hour competition. More than 30 community members supported idea research and team project development acting as mentors, advisors and judges.

Twelve teams (comprised of more than 30 individuals) pitched in front of judges Sunday evening, September 6.


The first place winner was VitalCheck, whose pitch--universal optimization of healthcare by minimizing time spent on data collection and maximizing time spent on patient care--earned the team members $500. VitalCheck's team members are Trent Boyer, Master of Engineering and Management student, Zigang Chen, Finance student, and Boaz Heller, Statistics and Classics student.


CareWare took second place and received $300 for their pitch--a wristband meant for elderly people in the care of younger family members. The wristband has GPS, emergency services and a skin contact detector. These features come together to ease the worries felt by the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. CareWare's team is:

  • Phil Adikes, Finance and Entrepreneurship
  • Zigang Chen, Finance, Math and Economics
  • Aaron Grgurich, Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship
  • Sanjana Krishnakumar, Biomedical Engineering
  • Isabella White, Marketing and Chinese 


WES, the two-person team of Roy Chan, Systems and Control Engineering, and Carey Feng, Marketing and Interenational Business, won third place and $200 for their pitch: wirelessly charge mobile devices through interfaces installed in commercial furniture, including restaurants and airports.

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Weatherhead's undergraduate and graduate programs are the perfect place to learn the management skills necessary to launch your business venture or future career. Learn more about our degree programs that press students to think beyond the possible, incorporate design thinking in management, and view business as an agent of world benefit.

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