What they do: Uma Bioseed, founded by Cornell University MBA students, is developing affordable seed coatings that can help fight viral, fungal and bacterial pathogens, including during the seed's germination phase. The coatings -- made with enzyme technology developed by another Cornell spinoff, ZYMtronix -- could increase crop yields.
Update: Uma Bioseed ended up deciding it couldn't move to Buffalo, and turned down its $500,000 prize. That money was set aside for follow-on funding for the 2015 winners and for marketing purposes. Voiceitt
What they do: Voiceitt is developing voice translation technology for the disabled. The company's translation app, Talkitt, is designed to help people with disabilities communicate better with others. The app can be programmed to recognize a user's unintelligible speech and translate it into words that can be broadly understood.
Update: Talkitt won the fourth annual Medica App Competition. Voiceitt also participated in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and was one of 11 startups picked to pitch in the SXSW Interactive Startup Pitch Competition. The company was also accepted into Start-Up NY.