Green Power Sources, Baby Products and Cancer Treatment Win at Big Bang! Business Plan Competition Bay Area MBA–Led Team Takes First in Medical Technology Track B y K are n N i k o s
he biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis Big Bang! Business Plan Competition came from the S2E Energy founder with a thin, transparent material designed to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As firstprize winner, Jon Servaites took home $10,000 at the May 25 finals of the 12th annual competition, which is organized and run by UC Davis MBA students. Second prize of $4,500 went to the creator of Happy Baby Vending machines, for on-the-go access to diapers, organic snacks and other baby products. The People’s Choice Award and $2,000 went to Roadwise Technologies, which has developed a thin film that can be installed under asphalt to capture energy created by the sun’s heat and the pressure of passing vehicles.
Medical Technologies Track winner
Bay Area MBA students Joanie Cheung (front), a systems engineer at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, and Candice Pereira, a service sales manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories, present the business plan for Integrated Cancer Therapeutics, which won $15,000 as winner of the Big Bang! Medical Technologies Track funded by a National Science Foundation grant.
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“Just as a faster computer chip can enable a faster computer, a more conductive transparent conductor will enable a higher efficiency solar cell, or higher power solar cell—think of it as ‘Intel Inside’ for solar.” — First-place winner Jon Servaites, CEO, S2E Energy
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S2E Energy, formerly known as Simple Cleantech, sells a platform solar cell component that, according to Servaites, outperforms existing components by a factor of four, which leads to efficiency gains of 25 percent to 30 percent or higher compared to existing technology. “Just as a faster computer chip can enable a faster computer, a more conductive transparent conductor will enable a higher efficiency solar cell, or higher power solar cell—think of it as ‘Intel Inside’ for solar,” said Servaites, S2E Energy’s chief executive officer. His goal is to find five beta customers— large solar cell manufacturers—willing to test the technology as a drop-in replacement product in the existing manufacturing process. Servaites is a 2010 graduate of UC Davis’ Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy, run by the Graduate School of Management’s Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, where the initial technology for the S2E Energy solar cell was developed. Co n v e n i e n ce fo r New Pare n t s o n -t he- G o
Erica Harris said the idea for Happy Baby Vending came from an incident a few years back when she ran into a woman in need of a diaper for her baby. The woman ended up leaving a cheerleading competition,
in which another child was participating. “I thought: There should be a better way for mothers to do this—there should be vending machines,” said Harris, a 2008 UC Davis graduate with a bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition. In two years, with the help of her mother as primary investor, Harris has installed four Happy Baby Vending machines at shopping malls in the Los Angeles area, with plans to expand to Ventura County this summer and to have 180 vending machines statewide in five years. H ar n ess i n g H i ghway E n ergy
In winning the People’s Choice Award, third-year UC Davis law student Ryan Lore, team leader for Roadwise Technologies, won over the audience with his description of how to collect energy from highways. “The pressure of the passing cars, combined with the hot roadway, creates a lot of energy that we can use.” With the technology that Lore’s team of chemists, engineers and law students helped develop, energy can be harnessed and sold to utilities or companies. The Dynafilm technology can be used on existing asphalt. The next step: expanding an existing beta test to a larger scale 12-foot-by-12-foot section of asphalt. C uro G e n Na n ot ech n o lo gy A i m s to I m prov e C he m ot herapy
With two UC Davis Bay Area MBA students who work in the biotech field presenting the plan for Integrated Cancer Therapeutics