Supporters of the Mercury Fund $1 million dollar prize celebrate with winner, BetaGlide of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
2014 RBPC winner, Advanced Medical Adhesive from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, takes home $507,000.
Rice President David Leebron and Jones School Dean Glick cheer on Rice team, A-76 Technologies at Rice Business Plan Competition. The team took second, winning nearly $550,000.
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RWTH Aachen University, Germany wins more than $500,000 at world’s richest, largest student startup competition. 


Medical Adhesive Revolution of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, who developed a high-strength biodegradable surgical adhesive that can be used inside the human body to seal wounds within seconds, emerged as the top startup company winning $507,500 in the world's richest and largest student startup competition held April 10-12. This is the first time an international team has won the completion and the first time two international teams finished in the top six.


Rice University’s own team A-76 Technologies came in second with development of a corrosion inhibitor initially targeting customers in the oil in gas industry and plans for future expansion in transportation, marine, utilities, and infrastructure. They walked away with more than $550,000 in investment, cash and prizes.


BetaGlide, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagur, India was awarded $1 million investment prize from the Mercury Fund. The announcement was a surprise for the team and the 800 attendees at the banquet. BetaGlide developed a one-stop destination for mobile app developers to create better and efficient apps in an intelligent way. 


Medical Adhesive Revolution GmbH – RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Grand prize, More than $507,500

Medical Adhesive Revolution developed a high-strength biodegradable surgical adhesive that can be used inside the human body to seal wounds within seconds.

A-76 Technologies, Rice University – second place, $550,000.

A-76 Technologies manufactures corrosion inhibitors. A-76 Technologies will initially target customers in the oil in gas industry and plans for future expansion in transportation, marine, utilities, and infrastructure.

EcoBreeze, National Taiwan University, Taiwan– third place, $22,000.

EcoBreeze is a company based on researching and commercializing innovative, powerful and green cooling technology for customers in ICT/LED field.

Innoblative, Northwestern University – fourth place, $20,000.

Innoblative is innovating the treatment of breast cancer by delivering therapy in minutes instead of weeks, for a fraction of the cost, and without dangerous ionizing radiation.

Tympanogen, Tulane University – fifth place, $44,000+.

Tympanogen is commercializing a patent-pending gel patch for resolving a medical condition called chronic tympanic membrane perforations – holes in the eardrum – without the need for surgery.

LymphaTech, Georgia Institute of Technology – sixth place, $38,000

LymphaTech has developed a revolutionary diagnostic that enables prevention of lymphedema, a debilitating disease that affects 50% of all breast cancer survivors.




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