May 2017
snvcShocker New Venture competition announces winners
After four months of dedication, six teams made it to the final round of the Shocker New Venture Competition on Friday, April 28, at Wichita State's University main campus. Hosted by WSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, the competition served as an opportunity for college students from across the state, from several different majors, to take key steps in developing and launching a new business venture.
Winners were:
  • 1st place: Pinole Blue; Levi Iseman and Eddie Sandeval
  • 2nd place: Eyas; Tyler O'Briant and Sam Rozell
  • 3rd place: Mobile Car Tune; Jocelyn Galicia and Ernesto Cisneros
  • 4th place: Vytal; Jared Goering and Spencer Steinert
  • People's Choice Award: Pinole Blue
  • Directors Award for Trade Show Excellence: Mobile Car Tune
  • Healthcare Innovation Award: Vytal
illuminateWichita State student biomedical engineering team advances to InnovateHer semi-finals
Three Wichita State University biomedical engineering students will advance to the semi-final round of the national InnovateHer: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The WUman's Group team of Nicole Zimmerman, Gina LeBar and Shauntel Pearson won the first round of the challenge last week for Illuminate, an application designed to assist women in the prevention of postpartum hemorrhaging by encouraging active management methods throughout the third stage of labor.  Read more...

Entrepreneurs, investment professionals and other industry leaders involved or interested in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will converge in Wichita, Kansas, August 30-31, for the 2017 UAS Tech Forum. Regarded as the annual anchor event for the UAS Cluster Initiative for Oklahoma and South Kansas, a collaborative funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum will bring together in one place, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, technology transfer professionals, economic development officials and other service providers .  Read more...
kstateWichita State teams take home award money in K-State entrepreneurship competition

Wichita State University was well represented at the fourth annual Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge held at Kansas State University, with three Wichita State teams receiving a portion of the $75,000 in awards money.  The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge, open to high school and collegiate teams across the state, allows three entries per college, and all three Wichita State teams brought home award money.  Wichita State freshmen  Jared Goering and Spencer Steinert  were awarded $12,000 for their second-place pitch for  Vytal a next-generation adhesive wearable that uses biometric information to empower athletes. Read more...
startupWSU students bring national attention to student-led innovation and entrepreneurship

Many students across Wichita State's campus have heard about Shocker Startup since it started just two years ago, and co-founders LaRissa Lawrie and Hannah Hund continue their efforts to get students of all disciplines involved in innovation and entrepreneurship. But WSU students aren't the only ones taking an interest in this student-led approach; Hund and Lawrie's ideas and success have expanded to the national level. Most recently, the two seniors presented their work at VentureWell's OPEN 2017 conference in Washington, which focuses on spreading ideas on how students and faculty can encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education. Read more... 
mobileStudent run company takes business on the road

Courtesy: The Sunflower
Brothers Jose Cisneros and Ernie Cisneros, along with their cousin Jocelyn Galicia, all Wichita State students, started a car servicing company called Mobile Car Tune in August 2016.  Since its start, Mobile Car Tune has serviced more than 150 vehicles.  This service is in addition to the classes and other jobs they hold.  The company began with Jose who worked on the business plan as a part of the Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas program at his high school. Read more...
gobabyGoBabyGo presents children with modified toy cars  

Wichita State University physical therapy and engineering students participating in the GoBabyGo program spent the last semester modifying toy ride-on cars for four children with disabilities. The modified cars were delivered to the children on Saturday, April 29, in the Heskett Center gymnasium. Read more...
ennovarEnnovar intern creates virtual reality construction game

Courtesy: The Sunflower
Humam Nameer said he worked 36 hours straight in order to put the finishing touches on a virtual reality simulation of a model home for Paul Gray, homebuilder and CEO of Paul Gray Homes, as an intern at GRIT Virtual Construction. 
He was brought onto GRIT through Ennovar, a Wichita State University program which connects students to technology-focused companies in Wichita, in order to put Gray's model home design in a user-friendly virtual environment. Read more...

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