On April 5, as a part of the 2018 Viterbi Awards, USC hosted the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC). Innovative USC engineers pitched their best ideas to tackle at least one of the National Academy of Engineering's fourteen Grand Challenges spanning safety, education, health, energy, and the environment.
Quake Capital Founding Partner Brandon Maier served on an esteemed panel of judges that determined which team would receive the $50,000 grand prize, coupled with $25,000 in legal services.
The winner of the MEPC was Apeiron, a company that has developed technology that makes natural gas a zero-emission product. While natural gas may seem better than fossil fuels, it still does not burn cleanly. Apeiron takes natural gas emissions and turns them into a product called graphene, a thin, transparent, and strong layer of carbon that is extremely valuable and used in the production of touch-screen applications, solar cells, and better-performing batteries.
At Quake, we're always excited to see what real world problems young startups are trying to solve. Thank you to USC and the MEPC for inviting us. It was truly a pleasure, and we look forward to seeing what's in store next year.
Watch a highlight video of the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition here!