Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business has announced the winners in the Idea-to-Product Competition.

The event, which took place at SLU Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17, brings together students with innovative ideas for new products and services. Patrick Andrus, one of the second place winners this year and a previous regional I2P winner, was in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 17 for the Global I2P competition where he took second place in the life sciences category.

The presentations were judged by a panel of business, entrepreneurial and academic experts. Cash prizes were awarded to the top five teams as well as the semi-finalists.

The top five teams included 10 students from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and two from SLU's John Cook School of Business. The teams will compete in the spring semester Missouri-Illinois Regional Competition at SLU April 5-6, 2013.

1st Place ($1,000/team)
Finite Element Analysis for SketchUp - Gregory Keogh and Thomas Combs, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

2nd Place ($800/team) Judges determined a tie for second place
• DiAT-Diabetic Insulin Athletic Trainer - Patrick Riordan and Patrick Andrus, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
• Therm Aways - Kevin Erickson, John Cook School of Business, MBA Program

4th Place ($400/team)
Virtual Shoe Market - April Tobben, Cook School of Business, MBA Program

5th Place ($200/team)
Flux - Robert Caruso, Mary K. Jennerjohn, Brittany Kendrick, Kendra Patton, Becky Mitrovich and Keegan Faudree, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

The following teams won $100 each for presenting at the semi-finals Friday, Nov. 16

• Aero Hygieia Air Purifier - Rhys James and Bharath Jada, Biomedical and Mechanical Graduate Programs, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
• FreshEats Wellness Service - Erin Szopiak, John Cook School of Business, MBA Program
• Outside the Circle Mobile Application - Joe Desimone, John Cook School of Business, MBA Program
• Queue$ - Manual Posso, Richard Henry Jr. and Ryan Hughes, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
• St. Louis Success Center - Amanda Henry, John Cook School of Business, MBA Program and Educational Leadership
• Sanitize - Ben Albers, John Cook School of Business, Undergraduate Program
• Sanitize Kleenex - Brittany Kendrick, Mary Jennerjohn, Keegan Faudree, Robert Caruso, Kendra Patton and Becky Mitrovich, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
• SecuriCar Surveillance - Mary Jennerjohn, Brittany Kendrick, Keegan Faudree, Robert Caruso, Kendra Patton and Becky Mitrovich, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
• Smart Cart - James Griffard, University College
• Solar Thermal Electric Panel - Chris Krueger, John Cook School of Business, Undergraduate Program
• Volunteer - Krista Clement, John Cook School of Business, MBA Program

The annual I2P competition is a unique academic competition looking at ideas in their earliest stages. The campus-wide competition received 69 submissions. I2P only requires a two-page submission, written according to a strict format.

The three-tiered competition includes a campus, regional and global level. The teams that placed in the top five at the SLU campus competition are qualified to compete in the Spring Semester Regional Competition in April 2013. One or more winners from the regional competition may be invited to the 2013 I2P  global competition to be held in Brazil.

The I2P competition is sponsored by the Coleman Foundation, KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network), Regional Commerce and Growth Association, Wells Fargo/Sycamore Trust and the Office of Research Services, Billiken Angel Network and the Entrepreneurship Program at Saint Louis University.

For additional information, visit the Center for Entrepreneurship at ecenter.slu.edu or call (314) 977-3850 or contact Nicole Germain at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at (314) 977-7820 or ngermain@slu.edu.

First place winnersGreg Keogh and Thomas Combes Photo by Nicole German