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Infant head-guard device wins in UTSA student tech venture competition


Invictus team members Israel Gonzalez (left) and Daniel Mendez

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(May 18, 2010)--Invictus, a student team that invented an infant head guard to prevent head deformities, won The University of Texas at San Antonio $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition.

Invictus' Magic Hat is a bonnet, which contains an aqueous gel that distributes the weight of the head, eliminating points of high pressure and reducing the risk of head molding. Team members were UTSA senior mechanical engineering students Nicholas Louis Flores, Israel Gonzalez and Daniel Mendez. The team won $30,000 in services and prize money including prototype cost development, business mentors, office space, legal services and patent costs.

Ten teams competed in this year's competition at the end of the spring semester. Three teams plan to turn their business plans into a reality and start new companies. The biannual competition, hosted by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), promotes student entrepreneurship by pairing engineering students who create viable new technologies with business students who create business plans to market those technologies through a viable start-up.

UTSA's $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition is sponsored by Cox|Smith, the Entrepreneurs Organization, the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, the San Antonio Technology Center, the Small Business Administration and the Texas Research Technology Foundation.

CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and the College of Engineering. The center focuses on fostering the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through a process of education, experiences, resources and support.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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