The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize
Steve Ricci has over 30 years of experience in the venture capital industry and has been directly involved in the financing of over 125 companies. He is a past president of the New England Venture Capital Association, and was a founding advisor to Gilde Ventures, a major European venture capital firm. During the past two decades, Steve has developed an extraordinarily deep and broad understanding of the businesses and business models in the information and communications technology sector. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors and the Curriculum Development Committee of Tufts School of Engineering. Steve has a mechanical engineering degree from Tufts University (E67) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Computer Science seniors Karan Singhal and Jaime Sanchez were
part of the high-tech winning team track at the Tufts $100K New
Ventures Competition for their on-demand valet service and mobile
app called SpotLight Parking. SpotLight Parking also received the
2015 Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, awarded to
a project that bests demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering
design and entrepreneurial spirit, and the Audience Choice Award,
given to the highest-potential project as voted by event attendees.
Read more about the 2015 winners.
Read more about the projects from the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 winners. For additional information about the Ricci Prize, please e-mail Associate Professor Inge Milde.
Description: The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to student teams that best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. The purpose of the prize is to promote the advancement of research at Tufts through projects that assist in translation of research discoveries from the laboratory to applications that benefit society. To win the prize, you must demonstrate the commercial potential of the technology.
Prize: A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition awards ceremony in April. The award will be split evenly among the student team members.
Application: Visit Tufts Gordon Institute's website to compete in Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition.
Grant for Prototype Development: There are a limited
number of grants available to assist teams in the process of
demonstrating the commercial viability of their project through the
development of a prototype. The maximum grant award is $500 per
Download the grant request form.
Intellectual Property: Intellectual property will be managed according to the practices and policies of Tufts Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, http://techtransfer.tufts.edu/.