Finalists selected for TOP DAWG New Venture Championship
Judges for the preliminary round of Louisiana Tech University’s 2016 TOP DAWG New Venture Championship have selected seven teams to progress to the final round competition which is scheduled for April 22 in the auditorium of University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus. The New Venture Championship is held each spring quarter and provides an opportunity for students to create business investor decks based on ideas presented during the fall quarter TOP DAWG Idea Pitch. During the competition, each team is mentored by business experts and attends training sessions designed to help teams build their investor decks. Teams will begin presenting their product and service ideas at 9:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony taking place at 3:00 p.m. Students, faculty, supporters and interested members of the community are encouraged to attend this free event. Louisiana Tech’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (CEnIT) holds the TOP DAWG Idea Pitch and TOP DAWG New Venture Championship events annually to encourage students to build innovative, creative products and services that create value in the marketplace. Teams selected as finalists for the 2016 TOP DAWG New Venture Championship are as follows:
- “Bike-N-Bright” (Zachary Hanson-nanosystem engineering, Andrew Rigley-nanosystem/industrial engineering, Andrea Harris-management/entrepreneurship, Karen Rispone-nanosystem engineering.) Bike-N-Bright is a lightweight, easy-to-use, minimal-maintenance bike light power supply system incorporating well-known technology into bike lights.
- “EZ Read Monitoring” (Fran Ewing-management/entrepreneurship, Ryan Frick-mechanical engineering, Rhodes Moran-mechanical engineering, Vincent Moore-management/entrepreneurship.) EZ Read Monitors are easy-to-use devices that can wirelessly transmit water level data to customers.
- “GoJoe Brewing Co.” (Maryanne McClure-management/entrepreneurship, Krishna Patel-management/entrepreneurship, Austin Weatherall management/entrepreneurship, Zach Belton-mechanical engineering, Cullen Pearce-mechanical engineering, Tyler Wilk-mechanical engineering.) GoJoe is an internally powered coffee brewing system that will become your highly favored traveling companion through routine commutes or serious adventures.
- “Healing Movement” (Sierra McGraw-management/entrepreneurship, Logan Evans-management/entrepreneurship, Abdullah Nammari-nanosystem/electrical engineering, Dustin Savage-nanosystem/chemical engineering, Seth Doughty-nanosystem/Micromanufacturing.) Healing Movement is a self-powered device designed to be placed inside a dental implant screw to produce electric stimulation to the jaw to promote bone growth around the implant.
- “IntelliPace” (Bharat Karumuri-biomedical engineering.) IntelliPace is an embedded software module that enables programmable implantable brain stimulators to stimulate with high therapeutic efficiency and fewer side effects.
- “Limitless Weight Lifting Rack” (Evan Puckett-management/entrepreneurship, Zach West-mechanical engineering, Seth Anderson-mechanical engineering, Jon Soenksen-mechanical engineering, Giovanni Aviles-mechanical engineering.) Limitless is a system created to allow free range of motion during weightlifting, while providing safety to the user by implementing sensor technology to detect when the user is in trouble and automatically lifts a safety bar to take stress off the user.
- “Oceanergy” (Efuare Okougbo-construction engineering.) Oceanergy is an electrical generation design that generates megawatts of electrical energy through wave turbines.