The Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

Each year, Hajim School undergraduates, individually or in teams, participate in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition, by submitting a business plan for a manufacturing or technical business. Below is a list of the past winners.

Past Forbes Competition Winners
YearAwardee(s)Project Title
1990Kevin McGuireTailored Lighting Inc.
1991Not Awarded
1992Dexter HodgeDevice that generates a frequency that varies linearly with vertical position
Theodore TyreeThe Sound Affector:  A Digital Effects Unit
Aron Cogswell and Mark CusacReducing Heat Discharge to the Environment with the Use of an Ammonia-Water Heat Pump
Jeff Weisberg, Peter Newcomb, Andrew Forsberg, Yoram Fisher, Natarajan Venkataraman, and Joe RosatoEducational Mobile Sensor Platforms
1993Dan Berkowitz, Nathan Geryk, Roy Muermann, Vincent Nguyen, Diane Santos, and Jeff WaldropAsynchronous Processor
Ian Schaad, Debra Wilson, and Gregory LukinsEpidermal Surface Profiler
Sudhir Bhatia, Peter Charles, and John JohnstonShape Memory Alloy Actuated Robotics
Matthew Ross and Michael PiotrowskiPiano Damper Pedal Assist
Dan Orband and Yim ChanWine Technologies
1994David FranksVivid Optical
Greg LukinsBike Project
Falgun PatelBiophotonics
1995Lior Gurwitz, Shakeel Peera, and Beejal ShahInfra-Red Data Transmission Device
Jill Greenberg, Christopher McKeever, Nora Meegan, and Jeffrey ShipleyVisual Hearing Aid Devices
Terri Camesano, Anando Chowdhury. Amit Gupta, and Rosann KonecnyPoseidon Chemical Enterprises
1996Alisa Kongthon, Faisal Mir, and Rahul PandayOxygen Demand Flow Device
Tanuj Agarwal and Bhanu DhuganaImplementation of a Charged Coupled Device into a Spectrophotometer
Tanuj Agarwal, Scott Diaczun, and Steve LachancePreliminary Plant Design for the Manufacture of Cyclohexane by Benzene Hydrogenation
1997Michael BristolPersonal Communications Systems
Matthew Reh, Michael Bristol, and Daniel PetrovichAdaptation of a Solar Guided Rocket to a Search and Rescue Aid
1998Marchelle Adams, Hyouk-Jean Cha,   Buddhika DeSilva, Rahul Gupta, and Nick HirthThe Collision Avoidance System
Andrea PaliscaThe Optical Digital Harp
1999Mark Jackson and Lauren MangiolaProcessing Natural Gas into Methanol for the AHEAD Corporation
Ebony Schoon and the ME 205 Advanced Mechanical Design ClassProject Junior – D’Vinyl Corporation related story
2000Peter Dusaitis, Brady Huang, and Mark PerilloMBP Sensor Technologies, Inc
2001Nate ChambersKodiak Systems Group
Joseph Brochu, Caleb Farny, and Rafe PascaleTeam ROV
Ronald Alonzo and Karen BoydPreventACL, Inc.
2002Erik Dunki-Jacobs, Matt Andisik, Tony Katsetos, and Vincent Nguyen1st Prize – AirGuard
Kadie Simon, Scott Hanford, Johny Lopez, and Chuck Welliver2nd Prize – Smartdesk, Inc.
2003Elizabeth Farley, Seth Pantanelli, Tia Smith, and Jessie WeberDynamic Eyevaluator
Huyen Luong, Ryan Burke, and Delali AttiogbeZyPATCH, Inc.
2004Maria Arevalo, Sara Finiki, Chrisna Govin, and Kristen NicholsonSonaCath
Randy ErbVisual Touch
2005Sarah Zimet, Michael Mancini, Yue-Houng Hu , and Rebecca Hickman  1st Prize – PAHLS
Alex Chekholko, Gregory Briggs, and Reid Sprite2nd Prize – DLM Research Company
Dan Nathan-Roberts2nd Prize – CAD Transitions, Inc.
Megan Damcott, Ling Dong, Amy Huang, and Laura Katzenberger3rd Prize – VersaErg Innovationsrelated story
2006Michael Sealander1st Prize – Ophthalmetrics, Inc.
Erik Monostory and Jacob Kandefer1st Prize – H - The New Alternative
Ali Anoff, Samuel Boyce, John Hekl, and  Jared Kanofsky2nd Prize – NanoNet
2007Amber Czajkowski, Kai Kao, Elizabeth Lalime, and Ranjit Sandhu1st Prize – SoLux Smile related story
Nate Alves, Elena Macocinschi, Jarrod Orszulak, and Whitney Silkworth2nd Prize – Saline Solutions
Dan Fink, Chris Babcock, Dave Borrelli, and Eric Weissmann2nd Prize – UR Biodiesel related story
2008James Bai, Sarah Hotaling, and Huy Le1st Prize – sAMY Monitor related Story
Ashley Cronin, Nick Mikolenko, Brad Ochocki, and Brandon Smoller2nd Prize – ToiletMD
Kyle Aures, Scott Warren, Aaron     Wescott, and Adam Williamson2nd Prize – rKey
2009Cheryl Blechman, Woojin Han, Alvin Lomibao, and Charity Wallace1st Prize – PolyNet Technology
Tristan Barrueco, Mark DeAngelo, and Nicole Ruszczak2nd Prize – microEZmix
Yu Cao, Tyler Kieft, Matthew Magill, and Kishore Padmaraju3rd Prize – Watt Watcher
2010Sara Ripp and Kerry Wang1st Prize – Arm EmBrace
Nicole Telleri and Evan Vandegriff2nd Prize – DPNDiagnostics
Justin Chang and Dan Mendelson3rd Prize – SimuMed Technologies
2011Benjamin Freedman and Johanna Kelly1st Prize – OmNeo, LLC
Swapna Kumar, Jacy Bulaon, and Frances Bell2nd Prize – DonDoff Solutions
Elie Glik, Brett Sternfield, and Zeyu Zhao2nd Prize – gluComfort
Adam Kozak3rd Prize – Aegis Technology
2012Travis Block, Sara Hutchinson, Dominic Marino, David Narrow, and Martin Szeto1st Prize – MonoMano
Max Greenberg1st Prize – Droplets, Inc.
Margaret Fettis, Garrett Goss, Catherine Marando, Zachary Milstone, Kimberly Ornell2nd Prize – FloMaR
2013Joungyoon (Felix) Kim1st Prize – Ovitz
Sonja Page, Erin Schnellinger, Ankit Medhekar, W. Spencer Klubben, Matt Plakosh, Michael Nolan2nd Prize – TrakOR
Steven Trambert, Alex Feiszli, Eric Frank2nd Prize – Formation 3D
2014Kyle Fedorchak and Qihui (Fiona) Pu1st Prize – UR DermMates
Courtney Astemborski and Chad Pickering2nd Prize – Hemo-Box
Charlie Henick3rd Prize (tie) – Cognitive
Joung Yoon (Felix) Kim3rd Prize (tie) – Ovlay
2015Lucian Copeland and Alexander Matthers1st Prize – Nullspace
Isabella Cazacu, Brittanie Kilchoer, Jennifer Park, Melinda Vander Horst, Jacob Bohannon2nd Prize – SimuClage
Kedarnath Balaji Shashidhar, David Porter, Dan Hassin3rd Prize (tie) – Blackout Games
Ervis Vukaj, Rikesh Thapa, Nicholas Falcone, Charlie Kelman3rd Prize (tie) – CampusFly
Nick Brown, Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez, Anis Kallel3rd Prize (tie) – Teamo
2016Jeff Hrebenach, Morgan Mehring, Max Sims, Wilfred Wallis1st Prize – Pollinate Publicity
Syed Reefar Aziz and Rose Mbaye2nd Prize (tie) – AnesthEZ
Marlen Mahendraratnam and Samuel Perakis2nd Prize (tie) – Scoliosis Brace Compliance
2017Anis Kallel ’16, ’17 (KEY)1st Prize – EcoFemina
Connor McBride (graduate student), Edward Ruppel ’17, Chandler Woo ’172nd Prize – Proteus Medical
Edgar Alaniz ’17, Carlos Gonzalez ’17, Ibrahim Mohammad ’17, Omar Soufan ’173rd Prize – Meliora Homes
2018Allen Chen ’19, Krista Pipho ’18, Brandon Smart ’19, and Hetince Zhao ’181st Prize – UR Connected
Vlad Cazacu ’20, Zixu Chen ’20, Duncan Grubbs ’21, Annmarie Hamburgen ’19, and Luis Nova ’182nd Prize (3-way tie) – BarterOut
Maria Christina Gil Diaz ’20, Paula Guerra ’20, Emmanuel Gweamee ’20, and Aime Laurent Twizerimana ’202nd Prize (3-way tie) – HORN-Empowers
Sidhant Ahluwalia ’18 and Obed Badillo Moreno ’192nd Prize (3-way tie) – UpTick
2019Afnan Ahmed ’21, Sara Anis ’20, Syed Muhammad Miqdad ’19, Claude Mulindi ’22, and Derrick Murekezi ’191st Prize – EZ Water
Nicholas Drogo ’19, Andrew Kaseman ’21, Scott McKinney ’21, Oliver Ostriker ’19, and Bradley Smith ’202nd Prize – WetWare
Terrikia Benjamin ’20, Emmanuel Gweamee ’20, and Aime Laurent Twizerimana ’203rd Prize – Hope Restoration iNitiative (HORN)-Empowers
2020Ayat Chowdhury ’221st Prize – Rent & Play
Tolga Aktas ’19, ’20 (e5 Scholar); Enyxa Poventud ’21; Jianyuan Zhong ’202nd Prize – Lambda
Xueying “Shelley” Chen ’19, ’20 (e5 Scholar); Kaixin Li ’21; Yawo Alphonse Siatitse ’20; Abdul Moid Munawar ’22; and Vanshika Singhania ’223rd Prize – YoloShadow