NSF I-Corps Team Wins Hult Prize Campus Round

Teams from across campus brought their A-games to the UC Berkeley campus round for the $1M Hult Prize. One participant was even a Shark Tank alum!

Ideas ranged from a blockchain network that reduces energy & friction in transfers, to solar powered community centers with a pay per use vs. upfront investment business model.

Thanks to judges Ben Bayat (Partner, Illuminate Ventures), Carolin Funk (COO, Freewire) & Kathleen Jurman (Dow Ventures). Thanks also to Haas co-sponsor, Center for Social Sector Leadership.

Congrats to all the participants who made the judging extra difficult–special shout out to the team of four Haas EWMBAs who presented two separate ideas! This year’s winner automatically advances to the global regionals in March.

Winner: Solea
Led by a Bakar Innovation Fellow and a recent alum of our local NSF I-Corps Immersive Short course, the team uses CRSPR/Cas 9 to make yeast produce pure oils for feeding farmed fish & improving aquaculture around the world.

Runner Up: Calwave
Their ocean-based technology aims to provide 20 to 30 percent of energy for US and Europe through harnessing wave power. The team is an alum of Cyclotron Road, CITRIS Foundry & supported by a grant from NSF.

Runner Up: Clymb Health
This Haas EWMBA-founded team is also an NSF I-Corps Immersive Short alum, past Dean’s Seed Fund Winner and winner of our HackingLyme hackathon. Clymb has a chronic disease management tool to extend and improve the quality of life for millions of patients around the world.