Thursday, August 27, 2015

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

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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.

 

 

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