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Trinity University Virtual Stumberg Venture Competition Selects 5 Finalists
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Trinity University Virtual Stumberg Venture Competition Selects 5 Finalists

Ten Trinity University student entrepreneur teams pitched business ideas to judges via a Zoom video call Monday evening in the seed round of the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. Trinity University president Danny Anderson said the venture competition enables "students to thrive as they express their creativity" while building new businesses. The five finalists pitched "Shark Tank-style" their ideas for wide-ranging businesses, from social justice to bioscience, art, and esports. Commuv founders Jalen White ‘23 and Michael Marquez ‘22 came up with the idea to develop software that connects police officers and drivers during low-level traffic stops via short-range technology and a mobile application. Using an app can help reduce the need for direct contact during traffic sto...
Smart Water-Bottle Lid Company Sapphire Wins Stumberg Competition $25,000 Prize at Trinity University
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Smart Water-Bottle Lid Company Sapphire Wins Stumberg Competition $25,000 Prize at Trinity University

Trinity University student entrepreneur team Sapphire won the $25,000 grand prize in equity-free funding in the final virtual round of the Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition Thursday evening. Sophomores Tara Lujan and alumnus Zachary Taylor developed the first-to-market smart lid that tracks water consumption and replaces the standard lid found on most water bottles. Thoughtfull, a company offering a line of healthy snacks, came in the runner-up position. Sophomores Cannon Wilson and Amy Platter will receive $5,000 in funding. The six finalist teams have wide-ranging businesses: Sapphire was co-founded by sophomore Tara Lujan and Zachary Taylor who graduated in May. Sapphire is a smart replacement lid that fits most bottle brands. The lid automatically records fluid intake to...
Trinity University Adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Virtual Stumberg Competition
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Trinity University Adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Virtual Stumberg Competition

Instead of pitching to the usually packed audience of students, entrepreneurs, and judges, 10 Trinity University student entrepreneur teams presented their business ideas to judges via a Zoom video call Thursday evening in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. Of the 10 competitors, six Trinity University student entrepreneur teams each won $5,000 in seed funding. Since its launch in the spring of 2015, this two-part university-wide competition typically features 10 venture teams pitching their business concepts before a panel of judges with entrepreneurial expertise. The six winning teams have wide-ranging businesses: Chiropack was founded by sophomore Neha Kapur who is majoring in business analytics and technology. Her idea is to reengineer the daily-wear backpack ...
Trinity University Students+Startups Internship Program Moves to San Antonio Area Foundation
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Trinity University Students+Startups Internship Program Moves to San Antonio Area Foundation

Trinity University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the nonprofit 80/20 Foundation announced the transfer of operations of the Students+Startups internship program to the San Antonio Area Foundation Thursday. Trinity University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship developed and lead, in collaboration with Geekdom and the 80/20 Foundation the internship program. The internship program that started by placing Trinity students at local startups expanded its local reach to college students nationwide in 2019. The 10-week internship program was managed collaboratively between Trinity and the 80/20 Foundation and funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation. In its first three years, the pilot program was solely offered to Trinity University students and had experie...
Cycling Safety Tech Startup Wins Trinity University’s Stumberg Venture Competition
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Cycling Safety Tech Startup Wins Trinity University’s Stumberg Venture Competition

LuxTurn Technologies, a device motorcyclists use to make their turn and brake signals more visible to motorists, garnered the top prize of $20,000 at Trinity University's Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition Wednesday. In a departure from past practice, the judges decided to split the $25,000 prize into two checks. Runner up StorySpread, a software that gives give young adults the opportunity to create stories and comics, received a check for $5,000. "The judges wanted to recognize two strong startup teams this year and gave them both an amount that would enable them to move forward with their innovative products," said Luis Martinez, director of Trinity's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Even more evidence of a strong showing in the finalist entrepreneur teams in this ye...
Trinity Student Teams Win $5K in Stumberg Seed-Round Venture Competition
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Trinity Student Teams Win $5K in Stumberg Seed-Round Venture Competition

Five Trinity University student startup teams each received $5,000 checks Tuesday evening in a venture competition that will culminate in a $25,000 investment for one of the groups this fall. The winning teams ranged from a school to strengthen mariachi culture and community to a proposed technology to make motorcycle riding safer. Seven teams competed in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, which is in its fifth year. "Every year the teams are stronger," said Luis Martinez, who oversees the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the university. "We had teams who prepared and did their homework even before applying to the seed round of this competition." The winning student teams included: ProjecTech, a device motorcyclists and bicyclists can use to increase ...
Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials—PATCH
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Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials—PATCH

Conducting clinical drug trials data can be challenging and gets expensive when it comes to collecting enough verified data on patients taking medicine correctly. Two Trinity University students are launching a smart pill bottle that could revolutionize clinical trials and possibly help prevent drug abuse of potentially addicting pain medication. PATCH, or Pill Administering Technology for Compliant Healthcare, is an internet-connected pill bottle that gives clinical trial researchers the ability to track a patient remotely. Two student co-founders submitted the PATCH concept to Trinity University’s annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, a two-part pitch competition hosted each spring and the fall. PATCH’s Andrew Aertker ’19 is majoring in computer science while Gavin Buchanan, ’...
Trinity $25,000 Stumberg Competition Yields A Winner AND Runner-Up
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Trinity $25,000 Stumberg Competition Yields A Winner AND Runner-Up

Trinity University student entrepreneur team Quick Sip, producer of a specialty cold brew bottled coffee, won the $25,000 grand prize in funding Thursday in the final round of the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. But that is not the entire story. The competition was fierce among the four finalist teams. The Stumberg competition is a two-part pitch event hosted each spring and the fall. This year’s finalists emerged out of 10 original teams that competed in the seed round last fall and included the grand winner of the $25,000, Quick Sip cold brew bottled coffee. The four finalists each won $5,000 in seed funding in March and participated in Trinity’s accelerator program over the summer. Read more: Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition Of the r...
Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019
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Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019

One San Antonio university internship program placing students at local startups is expanding its local reach to college students nationwide. Students+Startups, run collaboratively between Trinity University, the nonprofit 80/20 Foundation, and San Antonio co-working community Geekdom announced the program's expansion Monday. The internship program is funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation, established by the co-founder and former Rackspace chairman Graham Weston. The 80/20 Foundation had planned on opening the application process beyond Trinity University to students at all San Antonio colleges starting in 2019, according to Weston. In its first three years, the pilot program was solely offered to Trinity University students and had experienced three years of steady growth. In 201...
Startups Share Best Practices for Hiring Interns
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Startups Share Best Practices for Hiring Interns

Memorial Day isn’t just the unofficial start of the summer season. It signals the beginning of summer internships for many college students, especially entrepreneurially minded ones. One source of interns for San Antonio companies comes from Trinity University’s Students + Startups program. Various startup companies in downtown San Antonio are in the process of onboarding interns for the summer. Thanks to a grant from the 80/20 Foundation and in partnership with Geekdom, a downtown co-working space, students receive a $4,000 stipend and one hour of class credit in exchange for 10 weeks of full-time experience working at a startup. Programs like Students + Startups makes using subsidized interns an attractive option for cash-strapped startup founders. Many early-stage companies, howev...