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And the winner is…


MVTRAK is a female-led health and safety monitoring company focused on the concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) problem for sports and the military. Well over 300,000 Young US athletes are affected by concussion every year—many of them girls. Even more alarming, it is estimated that 85% of concussions or TBIs go undetected and undiagnosed. MVTRAK is turning the tide with its patent-pending Tachta™ sensor system—the only sensor available in the world that is accurate (96%) enough to detect head motion and impacts for athletes and soldiers.

Our in-ear sensor system is worn like a hearing aid, tightly coupled to the skull for precise monitoring of head motion, and uploaded to our cloud-based web portal for reporting and immediate alerts for big impacts. The technology spun out of Duke university and has been proven in use with NCAA and high school teams—football, soccer, lacrosse—and in the military with Naval Special Warfare.

With a world-class team of medical professionals, biomedical engineers, and a female Olympic gold medal winning athlete, MVTRAK is positioned to make the critical impact in TBI. Making sports safer, warfighters stronger, and futures brighter—we are MVTRAK.

The runners-up are:

Nolia Wellness

Jennifer Zerda founded Nolia Wellness Education to improve wellness in middle-school aged girls through science-based camps and afterschool programs. Jen holds a M.S. in Health & Wellness, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and has 16 years of manufacturing experience. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading and cooking in her free time. Jen is married to Adam and is the mother two kids (Nolan & Ania) who are the inspiration for Nolia.

While working for a large corporation and raising her family, Jen realized that she didn’t know how to look after her or her family’s health and wellness. Struggling to find a solution, she pursued classes in wellness, ultimately leading her to pursue a M.S. degree. Using herself as a test case, Jen experiments to determine what works best for herself and her family and continues to fine tune these changes. Out of this journey, Nolia Wellness Education was born.

Jen is passionate about engaging others in their health and encouraging more females to enter STEM fields. Building on this passion and her experience in industry, Jen has created Nolia to teach middle-school aged girls wellness skills that will be used throughout their lives.

MoyoMedical Technologies

Preeclampsia and eclampsia are the second leading cause of maternal mortalities worldwide, despite the condition being straightforward to manage if detected early. Symptoms are subtle, often leaving women unaware of the developing complications unless they attend regular prenatal care checkups. Left undiagnosed, the condition becomes eclampsia, which leads to organ failure, seizure activity, and serious or fatal health effects for both mother and unborn child. The ongoing mortality from preeclampsia and eclampsia exemplify the health disparity between high-income countries where women have access to adequate prenatal care and low-income countries where women routinely die from preventable causes.

To address this widespread global health problem, our team is designing the EPED (early preeclampsia detection) strip. The EPED strip is a home-based early detection method similar to a pregnancy test. Expecting mothers can use the EPED strip at home to periodically self-screen for the development of preeclampsia so they know when to seek preventative care. Empowering women to take ownership of their health and increasing individual awareness about developing complications is essential to reducing the burden of preeclampsia and eclampsia, and saving thousands of mothers and babies from preventable harm.

We want to thank all contestants and those who voted in the RTP TrailblazHER contest!


The Contest

RTP wants to:

  • foster a community that is welcoming to women entrepreneurs and business owners
  • build a culture in RTP where women are helping women
  • provide beneficial opportunities to a company that embodies the spirit of RTP and The Frontier community

To do this, we’re announcing the RTP TrailblazHER contest that will reward a deserving, women-owned or women-focused company with a prize package valued at more than $11,000.

The Prize

The winner will receive:

  • 12 months of free office space at The Frontier, located in the heart of Research Triangle Park.
  • A video and blog profile, marketed and promoted via The RTP and The Frontier newsletter and social channels 
  • Free use of The Frontier conference rooms on 1st and 3rd floors.
  • Complimentary access to community events at The Frontier, including RTP180, Community Workshops, 1 Million Cups, and more.
  • 5 hours of Website SEO Optimization Consulting from Oak City Technology
  • 5 hours of Customer Engagement Consulting from Purple Goldfish
  • 5 hours of Branding Consulting from Unity Digital Agency
  • 5 Hours of Crowdfunding Consulting from iFund Women

Contest Rules

  • The Prize is non-transferrable; substitutions by the winner may not be requested.
  • The Prize Winner shall assume responsibility for all other items including, but not limited to, general liability insurance, upon occupying the office space.
  • In accordance with 26 U.S. Code § 74 regarding prizes and awards, a Form 1099-MISC will be issued by Sponsor to the owner of the company chosen as The Prize Winner.
  • All business plans and associated financial information submitted will be kept confidential.
  • A panel of judges selected by The Frontier will judge the competition. They will account for 100% of Stage 2 votes. For the Stage 3 Finals, the panel of judges will account for 50% of the vote with social media voting accounting for the other 50%.
  • By participating in this contest, you agree to these official rules and to all decisions of the judging panel, which are final and binding in all respects.
  • If the prize winner is unreachable after fifteen (15) business days, an alternate prize winner may be selected.
  • The Frontier is not responsible for assistance with or providing businesses start-up capital, operating money, operating losses, etc.
  • The Prize Winner is subject to Davis 54’s standard underwriting, credit check, and background check procedures.
  • The Frontier reserves the right to use the finalist’ name, likeness, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and written submissions and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation.
  • By accepting The Prize, the winner releases and discharges The Frontier, their affiliated companies, participating sponsors, information providers, content providers, subsidiaries, advertisers, advertising agencies, promotional and marketing agencies, and any other companies involved with or otherwise providing services related to this contest, and all their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents from any liability or damage due in whole or in part to the award, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of The Prize or from participation in this contest.