WUFT News

Florida Innovation Competition Aids Gainesville Entrepreneurs

By on March 24th, 2014

Gainesville-based entrepreneurs are making a strong showing for the fifth annual Cade Museum prize.

Out of the 80 submissions, judges narrowed it down to a “Sweet 16,” and announced them on March 11. Seven of which are from Gainesville.

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention annually awards Florida individuals or companies prize money to take their invention to market, and this year, $50,000 is up for grabs.

The award, funded by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, is an opportunity for inventors around the state to potentially fund their best products and ideas.

One such idea is the SureCap, a cap to cover the tips of electrodes planted in the brain during deep brain stimulation treatment. The invention is the brainchild of Dr. Kelly Foote, a University of Florida neurosurgeon and Dr. Michael Okun, a University of Florida surgical neurologist.

The pair collaborated with Mark Davidson, president of The Tech Toybox, after meeting at the University of Florida Office of Technology Licensing.

In typical capping devices, after the procedure some patients’ skulls have a bump that stands five to seven millimeters above the surface of the skull after healing from the procedure, Davidson said.

“If a patient has this in for a long time, it can erode the scalp,” he said. “Now you have a wound above the cap that’s not fully protecting the brain.”

The SureCap is designed to hold the electrode tips in place by using an adhesive substance. The product is also well hidden under the skin, Okun said.

“The new solution addresses migration, erosion, as well as making a more aesthetic result,” wrote Okun in an email.

However, the product is still in the research phase, and the team has been working with the UF Office of Technology Licensing to develop a full prototype to help the company get going, Davidson said.

Through the Cade Museum Prize, the team hopes to get the help they need to start working on long-term goals.

Another Gainesville-based finalist is Amir Rubin.

Rubin is the CEO of Paracosm, a software company that helps businesses build 3-D maps and models of their facilities using data received from 3-D depth sensor cameras.

After scanning rooms to capture images, the data is stitched together using Paracosm’s software to create a model.

Rubin said he got the idea after thinking of ways to virtually visit places.

“We are doing some scanning of fun local places like the Harn Museum and Thomas Center, and we did the Magnolia Bed and Breakfast,” Rubin said.

Aside from the money, he said he likes that the prize connects participants to the Cade Museum’s network of media, investors and people who want to help out.

“It’s not just the money and it’s not just an award,” he said. “They really are trying to plug your company into their network.”

Judges will select four finalists on April 8 and they will present products and ideas on May 8, according to the press release. The winner will be announced the same day during a gala event in the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall.

 


This entry was posted in Business and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Business

Babe Ruth Softball World Series

Babe Ruth Softball World Series Expected To Boost Local Economy

The Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua and Champions Park in Newberry are hosting teams for the Babe Ruth League World Series. Sixty-one teams will compete in various tournament styles beginning on July 31 and ending with the championship games on August 4.


Charlie’s Snow Shack serves Hawaiian shaved ice out of a stationary food truck in northwest Gainesville. The food truck expanded from initially offering 18 flavors when it opened in 2012 to its current 32. Scott St. Lifer / WUFT News

Inexpensive Business Model Provides Success for Local Food Trucks

Off The Griddle is one of the food trucks in Gainesville that provide alternative dining options. Michael Musoke, owner of Off The Griddle, said the trucks cost between $20,000 to $100,000, which is less than it would to open and maintain a restaurant.


Florida Innovation Hub, located in downtown Gainesville. (photo by Samuel Navarro).

Gainesville Strives To Become Florida’s Technology Hub

Florida’s tax-friendly laws and Gainesville’s status as a college town makes it an attractive location for tech companies.


Kristen Hadeed, founder of Student Maid, and Rich Blaser, co-founder of Infinite Energy, explain how Josh impacted the start-up community in Gainesville. They were part of a group of young entrepreneurs in Gainesville who met monthly to discuss their work.

Memorial Held for Gainesville Entrepreneur

A memorial for Josh Greenberg, the co-founder of music streaming service Grooveshark, was held Friday evening at the Phillips Center. He was found dead in his home July 19.


Gainesville Regional Airport.

City Commission Passes Ordinance To Regulate Uber

In an effort to even the scales, the Gainesville City Commission voted Thursday afternoon to regulate app-based transportation services like Uber. The ordinance will hold them to standards similar to those of traditional taxi drivers.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments