i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact

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i3 is a pitch competition that encourages graduate researchers to think like entrepreneurs. Students compete in elimination rounds organized by WPI's academic departments and programs and the winners moved on to semifinal competitions run by the deans of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Business. The contest concludes with three-minute pitch presentations by the finalists before a panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders where, without the aid of visuals, they explain how their innovations address important commercial or societal needs, why they are better than existing technology or processes, and how they might gain the interest of the marketplace. Two cash prizes are awarded: for best concept and best presentation.

Browse i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact awardees

Year Recipient Award level Type Department(s) Details
2016 Samim Safaei Honorable Mention Graduate Fire Protection Engineering

Advisor: Ali Rangwala; "The Enabling Radiant Heat Flux Gauge"

2016 Lindsay Lozeau Graduate Chemical Engineering

Advisor: Terri A. Camesano;  "AMProtection: Tomorrow’s Antimicrobials Fighting Today’s Infections"

Best Overall

2016 Lindsay Lozeau Graduate Chemical Engineering

Advisor: Terri A. Camesano;  "AMProtection: Tomorrow’s Antimicrobials Fighting Today’s Infections"

People's Choice Award

2015 Heather Cirka Graduate Biomedical Engineering

Best Concept

2015 Mingrui Wei Graduate Computer Science

Best Presentation

2015 Morteza Khaleghi Graduate Mechanical Engineering

Overall People's Choice