2022 Stella Zhang New Venture Competition Winners

The Merage School’s Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is pleased to present the winners of this year’s Stella Zhang New Venture Competition, outscoring almost 100 concepts that were initially submitted back in February.

The top ten teams conducted a LIVE “Shark Tank” style pitch to our panel of four esteemed Orange County investors and entrepreneur ecosystem influencers in the NVC Grand Finale. Our judge panelists included Isabelle Bart, Rodrigo Mahs, Lori Mazan, Debbie Lin – who contributed excellent insights and thoughtful questions to our teams.

After a passionate deliberation, the judges selected the top finalist to receive the $20,000 grand prize: Noveil.

The hard work of these teams, openness to coaching and feedback, and innovative ideas truly speak to the amazing depth and breadth of talent found among the University of California, Irvine students.

Please join us in congratulating the following teams:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $20,000: Noveil

AUDIENCE FAVORITE – $5,000: Enjovu Paper


1st place: $10,000
Nutripair: Everyday technology that pairs people with the best foods for their dietary preferences while helping restaurants’ raise revenues by 10% with the use of menu management and allergen/nutrition analyses.

2nd place: $5,000
EmpowerMi: EmpowerMi is a technology-driven mental wellness platform that empowers users with a holistic approach to mental wellbeing.


1st place: $10,000
HAI: HAI offers sustainable and fashionable jewelry for consumers who are looking for attractive and high-quality products that match their passion for eco-friendly lifestyle.

2nd place: $5,000
GaleGauge: GaleGauge is a golf training tool that uses live wind, temperature, and distance data to calculate how you need to adjust your swing to the elements to sink the perfect shot.


1st place: $10,000
Noveil: Noveil is the first dating platform for Gen Z college students with no profiles and no swipes, and we increase the number of matches and in-person dates a user receives.

2nd place: $5,000
SnapHealth: Our mission is to improve the healthcare experience for patients by empowering them to take back control over their health record data with a simple mobile application that “just works.”


1st place: $10,000        
forMED Technologies: forMED offers patients and doctors an at-home, non-contact IOP monitoring system that measures eye pressure daily to ensure medication effectiveness and prevent blindness.

2nd place: $5,000
Sayenza Biosciences: Sayenza Biosciences is a medical device company developing the industry’s first fully-automated platform for the processing of liposuction fat, the largest source of adult stem cells in the body, for limitless point-of-care aesthetic and regenerative medicine applications.


1st place: $10,000    
Blue Aqua Food Tech: Blue Aqua Food Tech, is developing an alternative protein for fish feed to help solve the global issue of fishmeal shortages and food waste mismanagement with the use of insects.

2nd place: $5,000
Enjovu Paper: Enjovu Paper is a sustainable paper-making brand creating products with regenerated fibers from elephant feces and aiming to lessen the environmental impact of paper production and raise awareness for the endangered wild elephants worldwide.

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