Given the effect of COVID-19, Brown’s most advanced entrepreneurial endeavors gathered in front of a live audience on Thursday, March 17, for the first time in three years to pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for $50,000 in funding.
The big winner of the fifth-annual Venture Prize pitch night at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship?
AtomICs is a student/faculty-led next-generation data storage and computing start-up that uses small molecule combinations to store digital data and execute calculations.
AtomICs won the top prize of $25,000 at the Alumnae Hall event, which drew a boisterous crowd of more than 250 people.
The event, which awarded $50,000 to three student projects, drew judges and guests from all over the country.
“There are some serious problems with how we store and process our data,” said Ph.D. student Dana Biechele-Speziale during the teams presentation, noting a dwindling silicon supply. “What we need is nothing short of a paradigm shift in approach. That’s where AtomICs comes in. We have already shown that we can store digital data denser, more sustainably and for longer periods of time when compared to conventional and current DNA competitors… Small molecules are altering the way we store and process digital data.”
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