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Upward Climb

One of the university teams, SmartWorks, is developing inexpensive consumer micro-robots for some of the least pleasant home cleaning tasks.

 

At the DFJ Venture Challenge yesterday, the 15 winners of university business plan competitions convened for a state-wide finals event. They were all fascinating and creative, yet completely different from each other.

 

The two winners will each receive $250K of seed financing:

• Bionic Harvest from Cal Tech: Electrical energy harvesting from the motion of the human body to recharge the batteries in implantable medical devices.

World of Good from UC Berkeley: ethically sourced fair trade artisan gifts sold in mainstream retailers.

 

Congrats to these wonderful entrepreneurs!

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Taken on June 2, 2005