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eLab helps students develop business startups

Mahmoud Ahmadi, Rohan Shah, Jorge Cueto and Joe Peacock earned $8,000 in seed funding as winners of UB's Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab).

Published March 9, 2015

Four SEAS students earned $8,000 in seed funding, mentorship, and shared space in the UB Technology Incubator as the winners of UB’s Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab), a boot camp-style course offered during UB’s three-week winter session. They were among 14 UB students who pitched their startups to a panel of local business leaders and investors. The concepts of the entrepreneurial hopefuls in the competition, described below, range from better protection for buildings and communities from flooding and storms to the ultimate computer search engine.

eLab is a partnership between the School of Management and the Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).

The Company and the Concept
The Entrepreneur  
PreMeR X
Inspired by nature, a novel  resin-based chemistry process that can capture and recover precious metal, such as gold, silver and platinum, from wastewater.
Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi, a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering from Torbat-e Jam, Iran  
A learning platform to make e-books more interactive. The application creates fully interactive e-books that can run simulations, take notes and ask questions of a professor.
Rohan Shah, undergraduate from Buffalo, NY, studying computer science and business; co-founded with partner Matthew Cuciti  
Smart Walls
Deployable precast concrete walls buried in the ground that can protect buildings or entire communities from flood water and storm surges.
Jorge Cueto, a doctoral student in civil engineering from Bogota,
An intuitive search engine that can quickly and simultaneously comb through and locate files on company servers, an individual’s computer and cloud applications.
Joseph Peacock, undergraduate computer engineering major from Tonawanda, NY