The 2016 NVC Finalists include Graduate Students from the Materials Department

6 Teams Advance to New Venture Competition Finals

May 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm by 

The final six teams of the New Venture Competition were selected on Monday, chosen from a pool of 18 groups who presented their startup ideas at last week’s New Venture fair.Dermachill, EVMatch, InGrain, Opal, OSMO and Vibe will be advancing to the Venture Competition Finals on May 19, vying for an opportunity to win up to $10,000 in prize money.

A team of three individuals from the Materials Department started Opal, a company that designs and manufactures high resolution displays for wearable applications such as the FitBit and other near-eye consumer electronics. They create screens and μLED displays that perform and operate more efficiently than OLEDs and LCDs.

“Opal adds value in the mobile display market,” said graduate student and team member David Hwang.

If you would like to support these outstanding Graduate Student Researchers, please go to Eventbrite,, and reserve your free ticket(s)! We are proud of OPAL for being one of seven finalists out of 50+ teams! 

Note: The audience will able to vote in the People's Choice Award!