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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 ...
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...
Clean Energy Generator and Two Biomedical Devices Declared Winners at UTSA CITE Competition
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Clean Energy Generator and Two Biomedical Devices Declared Winners at UTSA CITE Competition

A clean energy generator, a video-aided laryngoscope, and a cooling prosthetic socket caught the attention of judges at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) venture competition Tuesday. EnVault, the student team that created a zero-emissions portable generator, won the top prize at UTSA's $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition.UTSA's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) hosts the annual competition to give students hands-on experience as early-stage entrepreneurs. CITE is an interdisciplinary center in UTSA's Colleges of Business and Engineering formed in 2007 to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and the surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures.  The top three teams will have access to a prize pool of more t...
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, ’...
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...
An Innovative Winch, AR App, and Medical Device Win UTSA CITE Competition
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An Innovative Winch, AR App, and Medical Device Win UTSA CITE Competition

Just outside the entrance to the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Convocation Center, UTSA mechanical engineering students Caleb Lansdale, Kris Carlton, Yannis Routsas, and Marcus Haraway stood next to a truck explaining their innovation to Alamo Angels director Chris Burney.The team of student mechanical engineers devised a vehicle-mounted electric winch with a universal design that can be used with any vehicle. Their patented winch spools the line cleanly onto the drum every single time, preventing costly cable tangles that are the leading cause of expensive winch motor failure.Undergraduate students pitched their innovative prototypes to business leaders for a chance to start their own companies Tuesday at the annual UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneur...
Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition
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Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition

Five Trinity University student entrepreneur teams were each awarded $5,000 in seed funding Tuesday evening in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. This university-wide competition consisted of 10 student venture teams selected from a pool of applicants to present their business concepts before a panel of judges with entrepreneurial expertise.The five winning teams pitched wide-ranging businesses:MONA is an augmented reality (AR) app that enables users to use real-world objects like embroidered patches that can project three-dimensional objects in augmented reality when scanned. InterSourcing provides U.S. businesses access to international production and customized solutions in manufacturing when the business is ready to scale up in growth. PATCH, or  Pill Adm...