The Last Word: OptiMIND Founder on Winning a $40,000 Award for Research Innovation at UTD’s Big Idea Competition

Associate Professor Chandramallika Basak entered UTD's recent Big Idea Competition in the alumni research commercialization category with OptiMIND, a series of brain training games designed to enhance brain and cognition across the lifespan. The games are designed to ensure that people stay sharp and focused at any age. After winning $40,000 in the competition, she recently tweeted that she's ready to start her startup.
Meet the 10 Finalists of the UTD Big Idea Competition, Pitching Live on May 19
by | May 17, 2023
From an automated fish feeder to AI-driven construction to a therapeutic vest and more, the finalists will pitch their innovative concepts on May 19 at Blackstone Launchpad. The original date was rescheduled due to weather.

They'll be competing for $170,000 in cash and scholarship prizes.