DFJ and Cisco Global Business Plan Competition
Congratulations to Husk Power Systems, the winner of the 2009 DFJ and Cisco Global Business Plan Competition.
DFJ's Tim Draper gives $250,000 check to winner, Husk Power Systems
Video: Tim Draper talks to Fox Business News about Husk Power Systems and the DFJ and Cisco Global Business Plan Competition.
DFJ and Cisco would like to thank all of the teams that submitted business plans for the 2009 DFJ Cisco Global Business Plan competition. We were impressed with the high quality of submissions from all around the world and the broad range of ideas and creativity behind these companies. We recognize that this was an exceptionally busy time of year for students and it can take considerable time and effort to prepare a submission. Passionate teams like yours are changing the world and we hope to continue to hear from you all in the future as your business plans turn into reality.
Our review process considered the management team, technical innovation, addressable market size, competitive positioning, barriers, capital efficiency, and financial projections. We had a difficult time selecting the top finalists.
The 16 finalists come from 6 different countries in locations as diverse as Brazil, Russia, India, China, Israel, and all across the USA. Technology and entrepreneurship have no borders; talented entrepreneurs are everywhere solving some of the world’s biggest problems and improving the way we do things. From designing improved drip irrigation systems in India, providing online entertainment for China, to creating efficient and affordable web-scale computing - these are all amazing entrepreneurs making a difference. And, they’re doing this during a time of uncertainty and fear of a global recession. We know that some of the greatest companies have been founded during recessions. History has proven it. Innovation doesn’t stop for recessions. We expect these entrepreneurs to be the founders of the next generation of game changers.
DFJ and Cisco intends to follow these 16 Finalists as they continue to grow. Check back on the DFJ website in the future to see how these teams make their impact on the world. We’ll be following these new Riskmasters.
And, for these 16 Finalists, congratulations!
|Name of Company||Company Location||University||
Business Plan Summary
|80 Legs||USA||Rice University||
A grid computing system for running applications that need to analyze massive amounts of web content quickly and affordably.
University of Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Power-efficient, acoustic processors that improve speech perception for hearing aids.
|Biological Dynamics||USA||UC San Diego||
Point-of-care multi-cancer screening tool that detects early cancer biomarker directly from whole blood.
A paperless receipt solution that enables consumers to manage receipts online and provides product-level market data to consumer product companies.
Innovative drip irrigation systems that can be manufactured and profitably distributed to small farmers in developing countries.
|Five Minutes||China||University of Southern California||
Innovative online social games including Happy Farm, the number one social game in China.
|Husk Power Systems||India/USA||University of Virginia, Darden School of Business||
Miniature power-plants that cost-effectively convert rice husks into electricity, serving off-grid rural Indian villages.
|iCore Software||Russia||Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology||
OS-level virtualization software enabling multiple secure high-performance virtual machines on a Microsoft Windows desktop.
|Innoz||India||LBS College of Engineering||
An SMS text messaging interface for trivia and other information for 300 million Indian cell phone subscribers.
|Mengtian Biotech||China||Fudan University||
A fast-acting, low-cost and environmentally-friendly process for treating papermaking wastewater.
|Mercardi||USA||University of Chicago, Booth School of Business||
An online marketplace for the sale or exchange of unwanted gift cards.
|PowerSave||Brazil||Federal University of Rio de Janeiro||
An advanced smart-home technology platform to monitor and interact with appliances and the electric grid for the efficient use of energy in the home.
Assistance for enterprise users to manage the growing volume of e-mail and to seamlessly embrace new messaging media.
|Trauma Solutions||USA||University of Maryland||
The first and only synthetic hemostatic material capable of simultaneously inducing blood clotting and delivering therapeutics.
A mobile thin client and server platform for migrating any software application to any smartphone, regardless of operating system and handset type.
|ZeroWatt Technologies||USA||UC Irvine||
A significant reduction in the power consumption of analog-to-digital converters, a key component of essential devices such as cell phones, laptops and biomedical implants.