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The i4 Program is a novel initiative within the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering that melds traditional undergraduate engineering education with biomedical entrepreneurship. Composed of four phases of need Identification, Ideation, Innovation and Implementation, this design program culminates in an annual competition awarding a financial prize that supports further intellectual property development and the eventual formation of student-founded companies. Bringing talented students together with highly accomplished academic, clinical and industry professionals, the i4 Program drives young, innovative entrepreneurship into the Triangle region while fostering the creation of practical solutions to real-world problems.


  • Congrats to all the i4 teams for their great performance during the 2020-2021 Pitch Competition Season! Special recognition to our Final Pitch Competition winners:
    • Sophomore/Junior Category:
      • 1st Place: POP Solutions
      • 2nd Place: Chemobusters
      • 3rd Place: Carolina Alzheimer’s Research Team (CART)
    • Senior Category:
      • 1st Place: Cybathlon: Pack Bionics
      • 2nd Place: TorchTech Industries
  • 2021-2022 Pitch Competition Season Updates:
    • Pitch 1 will be held virtually on November 4th at 6:30pm
    • Pitch 2 will be held in late February or early March. More information to come.
    • Final Pitch will be held as part of the Senior Design Symposium in April. More details to come.


  • Purchases based from Final Pitch awards must be made by next Final Pitch in April 2022 unless otherwise approved.
  • Purchase form is here and reimbursement form is here– email to Lindsay Castret ( after filling it out.


For more information or questions, please contact Shawn Gomez ( or Lindsay Castret (

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