ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University students Michael Kelly, Gregory Keogh and Dominique Turk took second place honors and a $1,500 team prize at the finals of the Missouri-llinois Idea to Product (I2P) regional competition Saturday, March 5, at SLU's John Cook School of Business.
|(from left) Michael Kelly, Jerome Katz, Ph.D., Dominique Turk, George Keogh|
The team of seniors from the University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology presented the R-Pen Marker System, which provides a solution to the problems of current whiteboard markers by using a docking station to refill the markers.
Jeremy Pollock, a part-time MBA student, received fifth place recognition and a $500 prize for his Visual Search, an image-based search technology deployed as a service on the Internet or available through licensing agreements.
Presentations by individual students and teams were judged by a panel of small business and entrepreneurial experts.
Three SLU business students also earned honors and a $250 cash prize in the semi-finals Friday, March 4.
- John Boysha, SEADS (Sustainment Encapsulated Airdrop Distribution System): SEADS is a method of safely lowering a load of life-saving aid to disaster victims anywhere in the world in hours rather than days.
- Shelley Hintmann, Nonpareil Bridal: A high-end dress design salon focused on providing clients with unparalleled quality, design, fit and customer service.
- Mike Golomb, Hotelrate.com: Offers a hotel room rate tracking service that watches current hotel rates and compares them to a person's reservation rate. If a lower rate is found, they will rebook it for the customer.
Jerome Katz, Ph.D., Coleman Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of SLU's Billiken Angel Network, said the Idea to Product program is an important component in the development of tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders.
"I2P represents the future of entrepreneurship - for SLU, St. Louis and the bi-state region," Katz said. "I2P participants are tomorrow's entrepreneurs and SLU is fortunate to get the see the best ideas from Missouri and Illinois first."
Additional I2P winners in the regional competition came from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University.
Regional first-place I2P winners are eligible to participate in the global competition in Stockholm, Sweden in November.
The Idea to Product sponsors include the Coleman Foundation, Innovate St. Louis, Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), Sigma Aldrich and Saint Louis University's Billiken Angel Network, Research Administration and Entrepreneurship Program.