(Dec. 13, 2011) -- UTSA business and engineering students responsible for developing and marketing a high-efficiency, low-emission internal combustion engine took first place Dec. 3 at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Organized by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), the high-tech business-planning competition offers UTSA engineering and business students the chance to test their entrepreneurial skills by launching new companies. They also receive coaching from the Venture Mentor Network organized by the Harvard Business Club of San Antonio.
The winning team, Logicorp, included undergraduate engineering majors Chris Noriega, Deezy Loving and Jeff Lujan and undergraduate business majors Stephen Gonzalez, Albert Casillas and Don Huynh.
UTSA start-up teams Auto Turn and AutoView took second and third place in the competition, respectively. Auto Turn developed and marketed an electronic page-turner for musicians. AutoView developed and marketed visual recognition control software and an application to help drivers find parking spaces in busy lots using their smart phones. The three winning teams will split more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Additional competitors included entrepreneurs UmberMech, which offered a motorized umbrella for electric wheelchairs; Mbrace, which offered a wireless theft-prevention device for iPads, cell phones and laptops; Tommy, which offered a robot with built-in GPS and a camera for use in land surveys; and Rod Mount, which offered an integrated mount for telescopes.
UTSA's biannual $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition 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 start-up. The event is sponsored by the Texas Research & Technology Foundation, Cox | Smith, the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, San Antonio Technology Center, the UTSA College of Business, the UTSA College of Engineering and the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research.
The competition was established by CITE, when it was noted that UTSA engineering students were developing new technologies and business students were writing business plans, but neither group cultivated projects together with the intention of going to market. With the competition, UTSA students now are developing before they graduate these marketable technologies and launching viable new companies based on those technologies.
Judges at the competition included Nancy Kudla, founder and former president and CEO of dNovus RDI; Ann Bohl Deacon, founder and CEO Deacon Recruiting; Teryn Grater of Teryn Grater, ATKG CPAs LLP; Lorenzo Gomez, III of Weston Properties (Rackspace/Geekdom); Rudy W. De La Garza, CFO of Idea Finishing School Inc.; Kristopher Hochart, broker-owner of Red Wagon Realty and Derrick Pizarro, attorney at Cox | Smith.
The Center for Innovate and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering. The center fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support. Faculty involved in the $100,000 Tech Competition includes Gus Allow, Anita Leffel and Jim Johnson.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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