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UTSA undergrads compete for $100K in prizes at technology competition

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(Nov. 19, 2009)--UTSA business and engineering students are competing today for $100,000 in business-related services and prizes at San Antonio's largest business planning competition, the UTSA 100K Student Technology Venture Competition. Hosted by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), the biannual event promotes entrepreneurship by pairing engineering students who create viable new technologies with business students who create business plans to market the technologies through a viable start-up.

Six teams of UTSA business and engineering students are competing in this year's event. Their companies represent a variety of new technologies with applications in transportation, health, fire safety and mining. The teams will be judged by local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts on their business plans, new technology and presentations. At the close of the daylong competition, some of the winning teams will have the opportunity to sell their companies.

"To our knowledge, this is the largest new business competition in San Antonio," said Cory Hallam, CITE director. "Since our first competition two years ago, the business community has really stepped up to help our students launch their companies. With the help of our sponsors, we're now offering students $100,000 in services and prizes including consulting services, marketing services, office space and other benefits."

The competition is sponsored by the Texas Research Technology Foundation, Cox|Smith, Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio and San Antonio Technology Center. UTSA established the competition when faculty observed that UTSA engineering students were developing new technologies and business students were writing business plans, but neither group of students was doing anything with their efforts beyond turning in projects for a grade. With the competition in place, UTSA students now are developing marketable technologies and forming viable new companies based on those technologies, all before they graduate.

"The tech start-up competition is a great experience for our students," said Hallam. "The format gives them a chance to experience what it's like to be an entrepreneur -- before they graduate and before they have mortgages or bills to worry about."

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About the competitors

  • AidPro offers a proprietary skin lesion measurement technology that rapidly quantifies skin injury data and converts the data into electronic medical records. The student team includes Irene Bernal, Angela Collins, Jeremy Joiner, Mitchell Martin and Travis Wilcox.
  • Aqua Sol Inc. offers a solar-thermal water purification device designed to eliminate all contaminants found in dubious water sources. The AquaSol purifier uses solar energy to distill water of questionable quality for drinking and cooking. The student team includes Gabriel Guerrero, Tony Dominguez, Wesley Dunn, Trang Thanh Nguyen, Brandon Ojeda, Claudia Romero, Shane Spencer, Stephen Steger and Frederick Ward.
  • Auto Cam 360 offers video technology to capture accidents involving automobiles while drivers are away from their vehicles. The student team includes Remus Avram, Eddie de la Cruz, Eric Contreras, Christina Mondragon, Kristen Mora, Nguyen Nguyen, Erin Reger, Jonathan Rico and Charles Villarreal.
  • FSD1 offers a product that can be easily activated and tossed into a fire from a safe distance. When activated, the product releases a chemical agent that breaks up the first tetrahedron by eliminating the fire's oxygen, fuel or heat. The student team includes Deborah Bailey, Luis Balderas, Aaron Cano, Angela Chiaro, Courtney Cummings, Ryan May, Samuel Noyola, Luis Sanchez and James Walker.
  • Phoenix Gaze offers motorcycle safety systems design to decrease the number of traffic accidents cause by motorcycle blind spots. The product incorporates a wireless live video feed and ultrasonic sensors. The student team includes Rick Cuellar, Solomon Garcia, Stephanie Garza, Sal Haro, Stephen Ledesma, Robert Maxwell, Theresa McFaul and Matthew Williams.
  • Vor-Techs offers customized connections for the drilling, mining and coring industries to protect their million-dollar investments in equipment with new connector technology. The student team includes Monica Burns, Kayla Gutierrez, Monica Meneses and Rachel Tiemann.

Events

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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