JUNE 4, 2021 — The Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHOF) is honoring two UTSA students with prestigious awards for their academic accomplishments in entrepreneurialism and leadership. David Robinson Jr. ’21 is the recipient of the 2021 Harvey Najim Future Texas Business Legend Award. Devanshi Patel ’21 received the AT&T Future Legend First in Family Award.
Robinson Jr. and Patel are among 31 students from Texas universities selected by the TBHOF for this year’s awards. Cecilia Flores ’21 was an award finalist.
“It’s a great honor to have our UTSA students recognized as Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar Award finalists,” said Randolph Quinn, executive director of the Office of Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “David and Devanshi were selected in part for leveraging opportunities offered through our Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. They developed an advanced level of business acumen and leadership skills that will serve them well in their professional careers.”
The TBHOF Foundation recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding Texas business leaders by celebrating their stories and contributions. Additionally, the TBHOF rewards up-and-coming business leaders through our Future Legends Scholar & Veteran Award Program, which provides scholar awards to students at participating Texas universities. Members of the San Antonio business community enshrined as TBHOF Legends include Graham Weston, Carlos Alvarez and Harvey Najim, among others.
As a UTSA graduate student, Robinson Jr. was named a Dwight. D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and was on the winning team for UTSA’s Big Rowdy Idea Competition. He was also a Graduate Dean’s Choice Winner for the COVID-19 Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge for a proposal titled “Life Under COVID-19: Oral Histories of Small Businesses in the Historic Westside of San Antonio.” Robinson Jr. is the son of San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson.
Patel led a team of students who formed Tranquility Therapeutics, a medical device startup. They developed Triple P Relief, a breathing channel designed to help someone overcome hyperventilation when having a panic attack. The device was inspired by Patel’s own struggles with anxiety. The Triple P invention earned Patel and Tranquility Therapeutics the first-place prize at UTSA’s annual $100K Venture Technology Competition. Patel is in the process of evolving Triple P for a potential market release.
Patel, Robinson Jr. and the other Texas Business Hall of Fame Award recipients will be recognized at the organization’s annual induction dinner in October 2021.
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