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Prototype prosthetic cooling system wins UTSA entrepreneurship competition

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Winning team Leto Solutions

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(May 1, 2013) -- Leto Solutions, a team comprised of eight undergraduates, triumphed at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, presented by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). The UTSA students developed a prototype thermoelectric cooling system that adds comfort and improves hygiene for prostheses and wrote a business plan to market the technology.

UTSA competitors Cyclosa and PLaCR I.T., respectively, placed second and third in the business planning competition, held Tuesday, April 30 in conjunction with the university's first Technology Symposium at the UTSA Main Campus.

Amputees who wear prosthetic limbs frequently experience discomfort. Heat builds up in the space where their residual limb meets the prostheses, leading to the accumulation of sweat. In addition to the discomfort this causes, serious medical problems can result, such as infection, skin breakdown, ulcers and painful friction blisters.

Leto Solutions produced the Aquilonix Prosthetic Cooling System, which uses thermoelectric technology integrated into a prosthetic socket worn by the patient to regulate the temperature and reduce sweating. Leto Solutions includes undergraduate engineering majors Austin Darius, Jake Montez, David Schultz and Gary Walters, and undergraduate business majors Nam Do, Eric Michael Garza, Enrique Medrano and Justin Stultz.

"It's been six years since my leg was amputated, and for six years I've been searching for a solution to the discomfort that I feel from heat every day wearing a prosthetic," said Gary Walters, senior mechanical engineering major. "This competition allowed for the perfect time and opportunity to create a solution."

During the competition, local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts judge the teams on their technology, business plan and presentation. In all, 10 student teams competed for $100,000 in cash and business-related services.

"What made this group unique is that they were so competitive with one another," said Anita Leffel, UTSA entrepreneurship professor and associate director of CITE. "They really learned from each other and fed off each others' energy and motivation to make their companies better and better leading up to this competition. I'm proud of all of them."

Established in 2007 and held semi-annually, the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition at UTSA offers the largest award of all undergraduate business planning competitions in the nation. It offers UTSA's undergraduate senior business and engineering students the opportunity to build a technology, patent it, create a business and launch it in a rigorous incubator program.

Winners receive $100,000 in cash and business-related services including consulting, marketing and legal services, office space and other benefits.

The UTSA CITE $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition is sponsored by the Texas Research & Technology Foundation, Cox | Smith, Rackspace, the San Antonio Technology Center and Startech, and is supported by the UTSA College of Business, College of Engineering and Office of the Vice President for Research.

For more information, visit the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship website.


Spring 2013 CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition teams

  • Artemis Care, developed an indoor tracking system called Apollo's Eye that safeguards special needs individuals while respecting their freedom and privacy
  • Circa-Invention, created a machine that launches Frisbees and tennis balls with a touch of a button, designed to help children and others develop hand-eye coordination
  • Cyclosa, invented a gear shifter that works on both chain and belt-driven bicycles that is lighter, quieter, stronger, more efficient and requires less maintenance than traditional shifters
  • ELD Energy Loss Detection Software, detects energy leaks in a building and determines the fiscal losses caused by these leaks, also will cost out the building improvements necessary to get rid of these problems
  • Jack N' Slide, wheelchair accessory that aids patients in wheelchair-to-bed transfers, product replaces the canvas seat of a wheelchair with a mechanical lift seat that easily bolts to the frame of a standard wheelchair
  • Leto Solutions, developed the Aquilonix, a thermoelectric cooling system that adds comfort and improves hygiene for prostheses users to create a cooled environment in the socket portion of a prosthesis, while dissipating heat from the area
  • PLaCR I.T., provides a fast, accurate and easily repeated method of centering a gamma radiation source for small-batch Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and inspection of pipe welds in the 36-60-inch diameter range
  • Reddo Communication System, created a portable device for translating sign language into voice
  • Smart Car Seat System, developed the NannyPad, a vibrating pad built into a car seat to comfort a child and detect harmful cabin temperature
  • Smart Steer, developed a steering wheel cover that manages the infotainment system of the vehicle without requiring the driver to look away from traffic thus decreasing distractions and unexpected accidents



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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