2017 VSEC Results

1st Place: Memorable Care, $5,000; Photolytics

About: Photolytics provides brands with innovative metrics about their social media presence.

2nd Place: The Burke Family Prize, $3,000; MediCall

About: An emergency app that stores critical information emergency medical services would ask of you in a crisis moment, and, during an emergency, can contact 911 and send them your location, as well as all the information stored in the app.

3rd Place: Uncommon Individual Foundation, $2,000; Charthopper

About: The Fantasy sports platform is worth hundreds of billion dollars and the stock market is home to trillions.

Klingler Unitas Prize, $500; Focus Friend

Halloran Social Entrepreneurship Prize, $500; Afya Tea

“VUers’ Choice” top video award, $500;  Focus Friend

Meyer ICE Awards

Catherine (Katie) DeLuca ’17 College of Nursing, became one of the inaugural Villanova Freshman Match research students, looking at high school students’ internet behavior, which turned into a full-time research assistant position. Katie was a proud representative of the University and the College of Nursing at the Eastern Nurses Research Society’s 29th annual scientific conference in April 2017.

Eric Galko ’17 Charles Widger School of Law, has built a premier NFL scouting service and trusted media brand through his venture, Optimum Scouting. He has participated in the Last School’s Clinic for Law & Entrepreneurship, successfully competed in competitions and made contributions to the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium.

Hoseuk (Andrew) Kim ’17 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is Treasurer of the Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Team, two organizations he has been heavily involved with throughout his time at Villanova. An Economics major, Andrew was a part of the introductory class of Forbes Under 30 Scholars program in 2016.

Vanessa Kungne ’17 College of Engineering, started her own tea company, Afya Tea, which helps people suffering from diabetes. A Chemical Engineering graduate student from Cameroon, Vanessa was named to Forbes Magazine Africa 30 under 30 in 2016.

Kevin Minbiole, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Has focused a large portion of his research on the shortcomings of modern infection control. His work in this space has led to the creation of a startup, NovaLyse Biosolutions. Dr. Minbiole’s work has also led to three patent application and several provisional patents.

Chinasa Nwokocha ’17 School of Business, successfully launched a t-shirt brand, Ataria NYC, as a freshman which has seen significant growth over the course of three years. Chinasa has embarked on other initiatives, such as her “Don’t be Afraid” mentorship program in New York City and launching a YouTube series.

Stephen Werpehowski ’17 College of Professional Studies, has completed several research initiatives, including an eye tracker that appends to Google Glass to operate a robotic arm based on subtle eye movement. Stephen’s work has also focused on software development using Oculus Rift and Villanova’s Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.

Creativity Challenge:

  • Most Inspiring –  Caritas of Culture 
  • Best Interpretation of Challenge – Diversity & Inclusivity Topic Guide
  • Biggest Idea – Villanova in Action  

Virtual Reality Competition:

  • 1st Place – Digital Forensics: CSI
  • 2nd Place – Amaze
  • 3rd Place – Odyssey 


II Luscri, Executive Director, ICE Institute

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

  • Memorable Care First Place Prize  - $5,000
  • Burke Family Second Place Prize – $3,000
  • Uncommon Individual Foundation Third Place Prize - $2,000 
  • “VUer’s Choice” Prize - $500, Awarded to the team with the best video submission as voted by the Villanova community
  • Halloran Social Venture Prize - $500, Recognizes the top social venture in the VSEC
  • Klingler Unitas Prize - $500, Recognizes the team that makes the greatest strides towards incorporating Villanova’s core value of Unitas through a cross-campus perspective in their mission and/or venture implementation plan

Note: Teams can place in the top 3 and still win categorical prizes for the opportunity to win more prize money.

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