The Lulu eGames


NC State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, in partnership with Lulu, hosts this annual event for students from all disciplines to collaborate to develop solutions to real world challenges.  The Lulu eGames are open to all full-time and part-time NC State undergraduate and graduate students.  Students working individually or in teams will compete for cash prizes totaling up to $40,000.  Team and individual competition opportunities are available in areas that include but are not limited to web/IT development, B2B and retail products and services, bio tech and energy, as well as social, nonprofit, and education development.

The final round of the competition was held April 24, 2014 at the McKimmon Center.  See the complete list of winners here or watch the entire awards ceremony here.

New Venture Challenge

Undercover Colors

First Place: $6,500 – Undercover Colors
Undercover Colors (pictured) is developing a solution to empower women against date rape drugs. Their goal is to reduce the overall rate of drug-facilitated sexual assault by creating a risk for potential perpetrators to get caught, shifting the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. Team members from left to right: Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney.

Second Place: $5,500 – Contour Medical

Contour Medical has developed a new thoracic retractor that allows cardiothoracic surgeons the ability to perform thoracotomies with reduced risk of breaking patients’ ribs. Their new thoracic retractor distributes pressure more evenly along a patient’s ribs, reducing fractured ribs by up to 50 percent. Team members from left to right: Alexander Verderber and John Durham. Not pictured: David Ruppoert.

Third Place: $3,500 – Anibell

AniBell allows cattle farmers to track the location of their livestock in real-time and keep logistic data on each animal. Their solution can be utilized by farmers, breeders, and livestock owners to increase productivity and protect investments and prized animals. Team members from left to right: Johnathan Wimbish and Alex Williams. Not pictured: John Potts.

Judges’ Choice: Fresh Box, ephRemedies and Undercover Colors

Arts Feasibility Study Challenge

Survivor BoloFirst Place: $4,750 – Survivor Bolo
Survivor Bolo (pictured) is a multi-functional bolo tie designed with outdoor adventures in mind. The bolo is an innovative evolution of the traditional bolo tie, offering a dynamic and synergized array of functions without compromising the aesthetic appeal. Team members: Shep Bryan.

Second Place: $3,250 – Genius League

Genius League is a non-profit arts space for minority girls, ages 10-18, that provides film workshops free of charge. The nonprofit gives girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of camera work, story construction, editing and other film techniques – so that one day they can create their own works of art. Team members: Leesa Moore.

Third Place: $1,500 – The Handstand
The Handstand is a miniaturized music stand with the capability of being attached to flat surfaces by utilizing industrial strength suction. With two interchangeable options, users will be able to switch between using a collapsible music stand head that serves to secure paper-based guides and an electronic mount for more modern guides. Team members: Michael Meglin.

Judges’ Choice: Genius League, Washable Paint Canvas

Design and Prototype Challenge

Undercover ColorsFirst Place: $4,750 – Undercover Colors
Undercover Colors (pictured) is developing a solution to empower women against date rape drugs. Their goal is to reduce the overall rate of drug-facilitated sexual assault by creating a risk for potential perpetrators to get caught, shifting the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. Team members from left to right: Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney.

 Second Place: $3,250 – Instasneaks

InstaSneaks is an e-commerce company functioning primarily as a mobile application that brings together enthusiasts of special edition sneakers for the purposes of posting, buying, trading or exchanging information and sneakers.  Team members from left to right: Chisom Anen and Kyle Linton.

Third Place: $1,500 – GameHound
GameHound is an innovative game tracking system that consists of a tiny transmitter that detaches from the hunter’s arrow and implants securely in the hide of the animal. The product allows the hunter to track down and recover the game, which they would have previously been unable to do. Team members from left to right: Shehab Imam, Michael Hassett, Colin Buchanan and Joshua Kirbo. 

Judges’ Choice: Crimson Games, EZ-Tow, Track2Quit and InterPaw