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EEP team represents NC State at the 2022 ACC InVenture Prize Entrepreneurship Competition

Logo of Abilihand team (a light blue circle with a white handprint in the center; white text above and below hand within the circle).

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize Competition is an entrepreneurship competition like no other. Every year, each of the 15 ACC schools selects their best entrepreneurial team to go and compete in this Shark Tank-style event awarding students $30,000 in cash prizes. The competition is broadcasted live on PBS stations across the ACC,  highlighting the exceptional creativity and ingenuity of the student competitors. This year, Florida State University serves as the host university and the competition will take place on April 2 at 7 p.m. E.T.

Meet the Team Representing NC State 

Representing NC State is team Abilihand, a team of 6 College of Engineering students with a mission to help those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. This debilitating disease causes weakened grip strength and does not allow normal functionality in the hands, affecting half of all men and one-fourth of all women by the age of 85.

Abilihand is a 3D-printed wrist-attached exoskeleton that increases the person’s grip strength and fine tunes motor skills in the hand. First, compression textiles reduce pain and inflammation in the joints and a powered Exoskeleton is layered on top applying the desired amount of force to greatly improve grip strength.

The team has already undergone a virtual round of Q&A with the judges and will be flying to Florida State University for the live competition on April 2.

Meet the Abilihand Team Members

The team came together while completing their engineering senior design project through the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program. This program allows students to choose an engineering problem and form an entrepreneurial venture or product aimed to solve or mitigate the problem. In a small team environment, students take on challenges, create solutions and prepare products, such as Abilihand, for the market.

Team Members

Mathew Coffey | Industrial Engineering LinkedIn

Megan Lucas | Biomedical Engineering LinkedIn

Aidan Peerbolte | Electrical Engineering LinkedIn

Cassidy Petrykowski | Electrical Engineering LinkedIn

Brandon Sluss | Electrical Engineering LinkedIn

Benjamin Smith | Mechanical Engineering LinkedIn

Help Abilihand Win $5,000

The team needs your help collecting votes to earn the $5,000 People’s Choice award. To vote, text NCState to 415-965-7445. Votes will be accepted from March 28 through April 2.

You can learn more about People’s Choice voting and view pitch videos for all competing teams by visiting this website

This post was originally published in Entrepreneurship News.