Parks College Entrepreneurs Place in Top Five at SLU's Idea-to-Product Competition

November 30, 2012
Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Parks College News

Saint Louis University recently hosted the annual Idea to Product Competition (I2P) at the John Cook School of Business on November 17th. The campus-wide competition received a total of 69 submissions from a wide array of majors.

The following ideas/teams won the top five slots and will continue on to compete in the Missouri-Illinois Regional I2P Competition on April 5-6, 2013 to be held at Saint Louis University:

1st Place

  • Final Element Analysis for SketchUp – Gregory Keogh and Thomas Combs took first place creating an analysis package for SketchUp.  SketchUp is the world’s most popular free computer design software. Keogh and Combes concept is to create analysis software that tells if the model will break or not.

2nd Place

  • DiAT-Diabetic Insulin Athletic Trainer – Patrick Riordan and Patrick Andrus designed DiAT – Diabetic Insulin Athletic Trainer. The DiAT is a smartphone application that recommends insulin doses for diabetics based on diet, activity, and lifestyle.

5th Place

  • Flux – Robert Caruso, Mary K. Jennerjohn, Brittany Kendrick, Kendra Patton, Becky Mitrovich, and Keegan Faudree placed fifth, creating Flux. Flux is a lighting solution designed to bring natural light to every room of a building while automatically balancing incoming sunlight with high efficiency LED’s to keep lighting at the desired level.

“Although we didn’t win, the feedback from the judges was invaluable,” said Caruso, “With their advice in mind we’re ready to tweak our design and come back with confidence at the regional competition in April.”

The annual I2P competition is a unique academic competition looking at ideas at their earliest stage. I2P only requires a two-page submission, done according to a strict format. This approach makes it possible for people across campus to develop and present ideas, obtain feedback, and start the process of invention commercialization and venture creation.

The three-tiered competition includes a campus, regional and global level. Teams that placed in the top five at the Saint Louis University campus competition are qualified to compete in the spring semester Missouri – Illinois Regional Competition April 5-6, 2013 at Saint Louis University. One or more winners of the regional competition may be invited to the 2013 Global I2P Competition to be held in Brazil.

“This competition is especially enjoyable because of the judges feedback,” Gregory Keogh said. “We were fortunate enough to have one judge be from the architecture firm HOK who had programmed similar software to what we’re doing. His input and connections will be very influential to moving forward with this idea.”

I2P sponsors include The Coleman Foundation, The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), Regional Commerce & Growth Association, Wells Fargo/Sycamore Trust and Saint Louis University’s Office of Research Services, Billiken Angel Network and Entrepreneurship Program.

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