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The Last eGames: Celebrating the 2023 eGames and Announcing the 2024 VenturePack Challenge

Mr. Wuf shoots a cash cannon over the CN Seamless team as they accept their check on stage

On Monday, April 13, the NC State entrepreneurship community gathered in Talley Student Union to watch the 2023 eGames Award Ceremony emceed by NC State alumna and change-maker, Lindsay Wrege, of 321 Coffee.

Originating in 2009, the eGames is NC State’s largest annual startup competition awarding cash prizes to NC State entrepreneurs. There are two tracks for the competition — the student track and the Daugherty Endowment Track for officially registered startup companies that have licensed NC State intellectual property in the past three years. 

eGames Cash Awardees

CN Seamless ($10,000) CN-Seamless is a device for precise field steel fabrication. CN-Seamless also won the Judge’s Choice Award for an additional $2,000.

BioSensys ($6,000) BioSensys is a hands-off sepsis monitoring device that allows clinicians to continuously monitor patients.

Cascade Medical ($6,000) Cascade Medical is a device to perform thoracentesis and thoracoscopy at decreased time and cost, with maximized accuracy.

WOLFSPIDER ($5,000) WOLFSPIDER is a decision support system for crop disease management of when, where and how to protect crops from downy mildew.

BreastBuddy ($5,000) BreastBuddy is a wearable glove for breast self examination using a unique tech and analytics combination.

EnteroFlux ($4,000) EnteroFlux is a solution for anastomotic leaks that occur in colon cancer related colectomies.

microWatt Energy ($3,000) microWatt Energy is a rooftop solar power system for apartment complexes.

Ceretune ($3,000) Ceretune is a textiles-based solution to water pollution. 

Slide ($2,000) Slide is an organized e-commerce experience for college campuses that is quick and trustworthy. Slide also won the Audience Choice Award for an additional $2,000.

AuTofu ($2,000) AuTofu is a compact, easy to use counter-top appliance capable of making fresh tofu.

Daugherty Endowment Awards

The Daugherty Endowment awards ventures that have licensed NC State technology in the past three years. This category is made possible through The Richard and Marlene Daugherty Entrepreneurialism Endowment and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Sciences and is held in partnership with NC State’s Centennial Campus’ Office of Partnerships and Economic Development and the Office of Research Commercialization.

Hoofprint Biome ($25,000) Hoofpoint Biome is working to help the cattle and dairy industry reach its net zero climate change goals by reducing methane . 

Vetletics ($15,000) Vetletics is a veterinary business that has produced items such as the EQ Press, a recovery device for hard working horses to keep them in great shape, reduce inflammation and promote their overall health.

SelSym Biotech ($10,000) SelSym Biotech is a biotechnology startup located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle focused on the development of therapeutics for the treatment of uncontrolled bleeding. 

The Last eGames

With the rise in eSports, Innovation and Entrepreneurship solicited suggestions for a name that better represented the startup competition that provides cash, resources and mentorship to NC State students. Zahid Syed, a computer science student, submitted the winning name in our eGames renaming contest: VenturePack Challenge! Student entrepreneurs with a business venture can apply to the VenturePack Challenge in February 2024.

See more photos from this year’s award ceremony and startup exhibition.