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Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University


 Profiles of people who dared to compete. And won.


LFX Scientific > Awarded 2nd Place Prize of $10,000
C. Lonardo, Mitchell Fourman       

Developing a smart phone app to diagnose common skin conditions.


2011  The Ave, LLC > Award 1st Place Prize of $40,000
Wing-Yin To, Mary Man Ting Suen, Hong Hong Lin, Michael Jun Long Suen

Created an online social networking market place for independent fashion designers and boutiques.


2010 - Travel Portabout > Awarded 2nd Place Prize of $20,000
Selena Griffith, CEO

Created an online retail business selling travel-sized toiletries and related items that are packaged to meet Transportation Security Administration regulations. Items are shipped to home, office, or destination.


2010 - Freedom TeleMarketers > Awarded 1st Place Prize of $30,000
Ramm Yarden, A.C. Cohen, and Jennifer Gross, Principals

Developed a remote telemarketing staffing solution that will revamp the way organizations interview hire, and monitor remote workers and the way organizations communicate with their customers. The company received guidance from a Small Business Development Center business advisor, and plans to use the awarded funds to build the infrastructure and market the technology.


2009 - Apollo Global Healthcare Services > Awarded 3rd Place Prize of $10,000
Srinivas Jalem, Principal

International second-opinion service to match requests from India with medical opinions from the United States.


2009 - Equus Technology > Awarded 2nd Place Prize of $15,000

 Name changed in October, 2009 to Equustep Innovations.

Chris Berghorn, CEO

Designer/Manufacturer of fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composite horseshoes;

lighter and stronger than aluminum or steel, custome-tailorable for applications including therapeutic, performance, and corrective shoeing.

The company is currently working with its Stony Brook Small Business Development Center business advisor to secure customer commitments as a basis for obtaining a modest initial investment (~$150,000).


2009 - Sabits > Awarded 1st Place Prize of $25,000
Sean and Stephen Orelli, Principals

Developer of games and other applications for mobile devices.

The company’s first two applications were accepted by Apple and are being distributed through the iPhone and a third, Flying Pigs, has been submitted.


2008 - Solar Cool Technologies > Awarded 2nd Place > of $15,000
Ryan McCann, CEO

Solar battery-assisted portable cooler.

The company presented to the Long Island Angel Network in 2008 and is currently in discussions with several Network members about prospective growth pathways, based on strong interest from the Middle East, as well as discussions with market leaders, including Coleman And Igloo regarding licensing.



2008 - Mobotpass > Awarded 1st Place Prize of $35,000
Zhijia Yuan, Wenbin Zhang, Danmo Lin, Jingting Wang, Principals

Introduced proprietary technology to create secure one-time password for wireless purchasing transactions.


2007 - Scientific Media Systems/ DOTGO > Shared 1st Place > Awarded $15,000
Stefan Gromoli and Ken Lanzetta, Principals

Launched on September 23, 2009 at DemoFall ’09 in San Diego, a major semiannual conference for emerging technologies.

Positioned as Proprietary Technology to serve as “the Internet for text messaging.”

A reviewer for CNET (the subsidiary of CBS whose technology news, reviews, opinion articles, and buying guides are an online staple) cautiously accepted the self-assessment in DOTGO’s tagline. General Mills has selected DOTGO as its mobile publishing platform to introduce “FUEL,” a new kind of Wheaties.

The company has received federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 and Phase 2 awards, and is currently in active discussion with the Long Island Angel Network investors for an investment of $1M to match prospective additional $500,000 in federal funds.



2007 - Hailoo Search, Inc. > Shared 1st Place > Awarded $15,000
Dawn Hailoo, Principal

Launch was projected to be on September 23, 2009.

First native language Arabic search engine; at the time, the fastest growing internet user population. Presented to the Long Island Angel Network with preparatory assistance from the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and network members. The company received a seven-figure investment from a family friend.


2006 - eTasso Inc. > Awarded $5,000
Kevin Pound, CEO

Social networking website; no longer in business.


2005 - Intrigma Inc. > Awarded $5,000
Tal Eidelberg, CEO

Founded in 2004, Intrigma delivers state of the art staff scheduling solutions to medical organizations. The company operates in three countries and is used by dozens of metropolitan, rural and academic medical centers. The company was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation and is a previous winner of a Hauppauge Industrial Association's business achievementaward.




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