GAINESVILLE, FL– The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention * is pleased to announce the Final Four competitors for the 7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation. Named after the Dr. J. Robert Cade, who led the team that invented Gatorade in 1965, the Prize is an annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida. The goals of the Prize are to provide seed capital and publicity for great ideas with market potential. This year the museum received over 100 entries from around the state. The Final Four teams are:
AbleNook- A Tampa startup that has developed prefabricated living modules that snap together and are easily assembled, transported, and adaptable to diverse terrain.
Feynman Nano- An Orlando company that has invented technology for self-cleaning and omnidirectional anti-reflective films which can be easily applied on solar panels to improve the overall service lifetime.
Hesperos- An Orlando company that develops in vitro human models for drug and chemical testing to reduce the rate of failed human clinical trials and therefore decrease the cost to develop new drugs.
KynderMed- A St. Petersburg startup which has developed a sleep mask that enables at-risk women to avoid the onset of premature labor.
On April 30 these teams will make live presentations to a panel of judges, and the winner will be announced later that evening at the 2nd Annual Inventivity Bash, at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville.
The Cade Museum Prize is funded by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. The presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual Inventivity Bash is RTI Surgical, and in-kind legal services are being sponsored by Saliwanchik, Lloyd and Eisenschenk. The Cade Museum Prize competition and judging platform is sponsored by Skild.
More information about the Cade Museum Prize can be found at www.cademuseum.org or by calling Jennifer Denault at (352) 371-8001.