Since 2017, e-Fest has given undergraduate innovators the chance to win money to nurture their business ideas; network with other students, professors and entrepreneurs; learn from their peers; and showcase their business on a national stage. Undergraduates who pitched their ideas at past e-Fests have continued innovating since then. Below are a look at past participants, their journeys since e-Fest, their perspectives on the challenges they’ve faced, and their advice for students hoping to start their own ventures.
LivingWaters System, 2019
Four University of Minnesota students founded the health-tech solutions company Telo to develop innovative devices for mobility-compromised people.
Our 2019 Global Impact Winner, Dr. Brinsley, is attracting new fans among diabetics who want fashionable shoes, and expanding into more sales outlets and parts of the world.
The team at LivingWaters Systems, which won the Social Impact Award at e-Fest2019, believes that clean water is a fundamental human right, but that not every corner of the world shares this right equally.
The Speed Torque, developed by the third-place 2019 e-Fest winner, is helping surgeons increase speed and efficiency at critical moments.
Our 2018 e-Fest winner’s transportation-based idea has evolved from school bus routing, to ride hailing at senior communities, and now to helping seniors stay healthy and safe.
This e-Fest winner wants cold storage workers, asthmatics and others to be as comfortable in the extreme cold as they are inside.
This social impact award winner from e-Fest 2018 is promoting economic and environmental sustainability to help impoverished Haitian communities.
A Bitcoin exchange platform, founded by Auburn University students, is making financial management possible in Africa.