August 10, 2021

Rich Brancaccio

Big Launch Challenge - Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are pleased to announce that Rich Brancaccio, founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Revibe Technologies, will be the keynote speaker at the Big Launch Challenge.

Revibe develops machine learning powered tactile wearables that help children improve their focus and attention through personalized reminder vibrations. After developing two commercially successful over-the-counter devices, Revibe's upcoming product (currently under development) will focus on digital therapeutics for children with ADHD. Rich has a true passion for fusing psychology with technology to help children reach their fullest potential and level the playing field for all students. He designed the original Revibe while working as a school psychologist and after hand-building successful prototypes, went on to form a company which he led as CEO for eight years before transitioning to Chief Innovation Officer to focus on developing next generation therapeutics.


Don't miss your chance to apply! Deadline - August 16, 2021

Big Launch Challenge 2021The Big Launch Challenge, a competition targeting the best startups in the country, is a unique opportunity to see 10 leading startups as they compete for $15,000 in prize money.

The two-day event will begin on October 13th in the afternoon with ACA Angel University and end with the Big Launch Challenge starting at 1:00pm on Thursday, October 14th at the NC Biotechnology Center (15 TW Alexander Dr, Durham, NC 27709).

Companies interested in participating in the Big Launch Challenge must complete an application.






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