CITE competition
At the CITE competition are (from left) Junab Ali, Nick Anthony,
Phillip Hamby, Marcos Bird, Mark Finch, John Collins, Jon Davis,
Chelsey Blake, Greg Perkins and David Clark.

CITE hosts new tech venture start-up contest

By Wendy Frost
Director of Communications, College of Business

(May 8, 2008)--The Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering hosted the New Technology Venture Start-up Competition in April.

The competition, which pairs innovative technologies developed by engineering students with quality business plans developed by business entrepreneurship students, is hosted each semester to give students a hands-on opportunity to develop new technology ventures.

Thirty-three students spent this semester developing companies for the end-of-year competition. Projects developed included a wearable glove-based cursor control device, a low-cost biodiesel manufacturing system, a telemetry system for model rockets, an athletic swimming monitoring device, a wireless electronic coaster, and oil and gas cleaning equipment.

The winner of this year's competition was LiveLynx Enterprises, which developed The Palma, a glove-based cursor control device. Team members were Marcos Bird, Chelsey Blake, John Collins, Jon Davis, Mark Finch and Phillip Hamby.

"Being an entrepreneur is more about action than analysis," said Cory Hallam, CITE director and senior lecturer in information systems. "CITE's programs are focused on using analysis to drive action, and that is the key to launching new business ventures. We are helping to unlock the inner entrepreneur in our students."

The second-place team was Aquafit Company, which developed a wrist device that can measure calories burned, laps and distance during swimming. Team members were Jorge Alonso, Hugo Alvarado, Brad Carney, Kate Cornett, Luis Garcia and Adrian Saenz. The third-place team, Biotex, developed an alternative fuel processor. Team members were Dominic Garcia, Jorge Gonzalez, Ben Hammond, Ross Hosket and Eric Vazquez.

Judges for the competition were local entrepreneurs Junab Ali, president and co-founder of Mobius Partners; Nick Anthony, founder and president of GreekTown Restaurants; Dave Clark, director of enterprise services at the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative; and Greg Perkins, president of In Home Senior Care.

The project was supported by UTSA faculty members Gus Allo, lecturer in engineering; Abigail Erwin, lecturer in management; Hallam; Anita Leffel, senior lecturer in management; and Jack Simonis, senior lecturer in engineering.

Through a process of education, experiences, resources and support, CITE is focused on fostering the growth of new technology-based ventures. The center creates a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and the surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures. CITE works to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit through education and experiential activities. The center also hosts entrepreneurship boot camps for the community and has established the new Roadrunner Business Incubator.

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