International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education

IMFAHE Shark Tank

IMFAHE´s Nodal Award, Special ¨Shark Tank¨

A key goal of IMFAHE is to encourage and support the development of scientific and entrepreneur collaborations among national and international institutions and persons that promote breakthrough basic science, new translational research, job creation as well as projects with social impact. 

To advance this goal, IMFAHE has created a unique platform of talent that connects professionals and students from 5 different continents in the world catalyzing mentorship relationships. IMFAHE has created as well, in collaboration with Spanish Universities, 43 Excellent Fellowships (up to date, 50% hosted by Harvard University and MIT) and now is launching for the first time in Spain a pilot project that is designed to enhance or create new inter-programmatic “nodal point” interactions between members from the International Mentor Program (students affiliated to Spanish and Portuguese universities and professionals affiliated to international institutions like Google, Harvard or Princeton). Collaborations between discipline-based programs (biomedicine-engineering-economics/entrepreneurship) are encouraged. 

Shark Tank Advisory Program

IMFAHE’s Shark Tank Advisory Program represents IMFAHE’s in-house program designed to assist winning mentees team of IMFAHE’s Shark Tank contest in taking their business ideas from paper to reality through dedicated mentoring and strategic guidance.

The program is offered to winning teams that receive a seed grant who are not at the ideation stage but have an excellent business idea without an implementation plan, technology, or prototype. 

The type of help and support that winning teams receive comprise of the following:

  • Help refine and validate their business idea by utilizing innovative frameworks such as business model canvas
  • Help determine the value proposition of their business idea for potential customers or investors
  • Assist in defining the necessary steps to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or prototype
  • Understand relevant aspects connected to the setup of their business as a start-up from a logistical, organizational and legal perspective
  • Support in identifying other applicable business competitions or incubator programs for which to apply to secure additional funding

The program is coordinated by Javier Sanz Fernandez, co-director of IMP’s Economics and Entrepreneurship. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                   

        “IMFAHE´S Nodal Award & ThinkX Enterprise Challenge 2020 Shark Tank Edition”

The key goal of the Nodal Award and the ThinkX Enterprise Challenge is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship by catalyzing collaborations among multidisciplinary teams within IMFAHE´s platform of talent ¨IMFAHE Connects¨. 

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Finalist Teams Selected to present their Projects at the Virtual International Conference IMFAHE-University of Aveiro on May 25, 2020:

 

Nodal Award

ThinkX Congalsa Challenge 

 Pod of Science

AQUATCH

 Fire Women

 

 3D-life 

 

 ALFRED 

 

 OK

 

 CANDI-CRISPR

 

 MindQ

 

 NeoFood

 

 VitaCare

 

 CareerGuidance

 

 Investment Solutions

 

 

 

At least 1 member of each team presented the project at the VI International Conference IMFAHE-University of Aveiro celebrated online on March 25th 2020.

Nodal Award: an evaluation committee with 5 independent professionals from the fields of economics, engineering, education and biomedicine ranked every proposal based on the criteria specified in the public call. The winners were the teams that obtained the highest scores after the addition of the five independent evaluations.

ThinkX Enterprise Challengethe evaluation committee, formed by 2 representatives of Congalsa, evaluated the AQUATCH proposal based on the company criteria. 

                                                                                            WINNERS OF THE IMFAHE´S NODAL AWARD 2020:

 

 

 VitaCare-1st Prize $3000

 

TEAM MEMBER

TYPE OF PARTICIPANT

AFFILIATION

Ana Rita Futre Carreira

Mentee (Portugal)

University of Aveiro

Bojan Kopilovic

Mentee (Portugal)

University of Aveiro

Géremi Gilson Dranka

Mentee (Portugal)

University of Minho 

Daniel Núñez Díaz

Mentee (Biomedicine)

University of Oviedo

Paula Ferreira

Professor 

University of Minho 

     

 

 NeoFood -2nd Prize $2000

 

TEAM MEMBER

TYPE OF PARTICIPANT

AFFILIATION

Maria Llorente Sánchez

Mentee (Economics)

University of Valladolid 

Daniel Di Zeo Sánchez

Mentee (Biomedicine)

University of Malaga

Clarissa Murru

Mentee (Biomedicine)

University of Oviedo

Antonio Vela Corona

Mentee (Engineering)

University of Valladolid 

Jorge Martín García

Professor 

University of Valladolid 

     

 

 ALFRED -3rd Prize $1000

 

TEAM MEMBER

TYPE OF PARTICIPANT

AFFILIATION

Ana Patrícia Amorim Gomes 

Mentee (Portugal)

University of Minho 

Eduardo Santamaría Vázquez 

Mentee (Engineering)

University of Valladolid 

Manuel Carranza García 

Mentee (Engineering)

University of Seville

Susana Moleirinho 

International Mentor (Biomedicine)

Harvard-MGH, Boston, USA

                                                                  *The Congalsa Evaluation Committee decided not to fund the proposal AQUATCH.

Resolution IMFAHE Shark Tank Nodal Award edition 2020. Aveiro, Portugal. May 25th 2020


IMFAHE´s Nodal Award, Special ¨Shark Tank¨ First Edition

The Project and Ideas were exposed as a “Shark Tank-Type Contest” during the Innovation Camp at University of Valladolid the past July 2nd, 2018.
Mentors and mentees work together to develop international projects. Among 5 proposals, the following ones have received a seed grant:

  • DEMVIR (3,000$): Goal: to create virtual reality goggles to help early detection and monitoring of Alzheimer´s disease. Participants: 2 mentees (UMA and ULL) and 1 mentor (MIT).
  • ISOWORK (2,000$): Goal: to design a gadget that optimizes the follow up and immediate feedback upon exercising for people with motor-muscle associated problems. Participants: 1 mentee from UEMC, 1 mentees from ULL, and 1 mentor from Aspire Academy Sports Medicine de Qatar.
  • HEALTHY HOMES ($2,000): Goal: to design new air-purification systems for smart buildings. Participants: 3 mentees (UVA, UMA, and UPV) and 1 mentor (MIT).
  • ClinicAppChain ($1,000): Based on the AppChain technology, the goal is to create a system to transfer clinical files between (inter)national institutions confidentially. Participants: 2 mentees from UMA, 2 mentees from ULL, 1 mentor from Harvard Kennedy School, 2 mentors of University Autónoma of Mexico. 

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Resolution IMFAHE Shark Tank Nodal Award edition 2019. La Laguna, Tenerife March 19th 2019

                                                                             

                                                  Winners of the IMFAHE´s Nodal Award 2019. V Innovation Camp. La Laguna, Spain. March 2019.