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Innovation Hub

iLaunch Competition Finalists


We would like to congratulate all of our 2023 iLaunch competitors!

Join the Texas Tech Innovation Hub for a night of fun as we cheer on aspiring entrepreneurs competing for a total of $20,000 in cash prizes! The iLaunch Competition and Awards Social will take place on Friday, November 17th. You can learn more, here.

iLaunch Competition Finalists:

AG Analytica | AG Analytica harnesses AI to revolutionize palm oil nurseries, ensuring optimal use of time, labor, inputs, and natural resources.

Team Lead: Nery Menjivar, TTU Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Student

CactoFresh |  A cactus juice sports drink infused with a natural novel sweetener, designed to fuel and refresh athletes.

Team Lead: Aparna Sarkar, TTU Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Graduate Student

CrossLinguistics | An English language learning app tailored to the pronunciation and grammar needs of native Mandarin Chinese speakers, and we place an emphasis on authentic interactions and phrases commonly used in the real world.

Team Lead: Katie Weiss, TTU College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student

Esvi Robotics | An affordable, AI-enabled robotic arm with human-like dexterity and computer vision, that can autonomously perform laundry, dishes, and other common chores in a household environment.

Team Lead: Eliszabeth Van, TTU Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering Student

eunoia.ai | A smartphone-based mental healthcare solution to prevent burnout and increase emotional well-being and self-care for by integrating Natural Language Processing (NLP)-based AI, machine learning, and biometric technologies.

Team Lead: Dr. Julie Chang, TTU College of Human Sciences (Hospitality and Retail Management) Faculty

HealthSurveil | A cutting-edge technology for real-time, accurate and personalized air pollution monitoring to empower individuals to lead healthier lives.

Team Lead: Nipuni Palliyaguru, Texas Tech Alumni 

Medical Information Simulations | A web application LIS simulator to provide career readiness and improve training at the academic level for medical laboratory scientists in the area of laboratory information technology.

Team Lead: Tammy Carter, TTUHSC Department of Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care Faculty

MelodiaSync | An innovative software that facilitates relaxation by providing real-time, personalized beat responses while listening to audio.

Team Lead: Jessica Blume, TTUHSC Office of Global Health Staff

MTDS Solutions, LLC | A state-of-the-art automated kiosk that patients can use to access a range of laboratory tests and results for patients health solutions.

Team Lead: Michelle Coffey, Texas Tech Alumni

Myelin | A visual indicator that can be embedded into high-impact points on a helmet to serve as a safety device that allows consumers to know when to replace helmets.

Team Lead: Varshini Suresh, TTUHSC Graduate Student

Pantex Innovation Challenge Finalists:

Cheer on the top 3 teams from the first ever Pantex Innovation Challenge as they compete for a $5,000 cash prize! The Pantex Innovation Challenge featured over 50 students who developed their solution to industry-facing problems in under 24-hours. The students were divided into 7 teams and, at the end of the day, pitched their idea to a panel of Pantex and Texas Tech staff. The 3 finalists will compete in their own track of the iLaunch Competition on Friday, November 17th.

Project C.A.M.E.L. | An automated robot that solves the problem of handling hazardous materials by enhancing safety precision, and reliability with real time tracking and inventory control.

Team Lead: Timothy Gray, TTU Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering Student

DataOne | A smart data management software that is used to store data across an entire organization that has an AI created tag for searchability.

Team Lead: Peter Keller, TTU Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering Student

Junction Energy Solutions | An energy integration system for customizable solutions to help large organizations with sustainable energy. 

Team Lead: Paris Wilkie, TTU Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering Student