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Three NCIIA teams win $200,000 at MassChallenge
October 26, 2011

Congratulations to three National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) teams who won a combined $200,000 in funding from the second annual MassChallenge. The world's largest startup competition – designed to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses – MassChallenge provided $1 million in awards for 17 teams, including three $100K Diamond Prize Winners and fourteen $50K Gold Prize Winners.

NCIIA teams winning this year were:

  • Sanergy ($100K Diamond Prize) – Sanitation services in urban slums
  • Therapeutic Systems($50K Gold Prize) – Medical device that helps people with autism break down barriers and become more engaged in life.
  • SmarterShade ($50K Gold Prize) – Electronically darkens a window with the flip of a switch.

A complete list of 2011 MassChallenge winners can be found at:

About the NCIIA

The NCIIA achieves positive and sustainable social and environmental impact through technological innovation by providing end-to-end service grants, mentoring and other experiential resources to higher education institutions. With support from The Lemelson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student entrepreneurs each year, leveraging their respective campuses as working laboratories and incubators for businesses and ultimately helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. For more information, please visit