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Finalists named for Innovation Challenge

Teams have been selected as finalists in the NDSU Research and Technology Park’s annual Innovation Challenge. NDSU students presented their business ideas at the midway point through the Innovation Challenge in a showcase Feb. 27 and to judges throughout the day on Feb. 28.

The teams move forward to the final presentations on March 28 in the NDSU Memorial Union. 

Entrepreneurship finalists include:

• Jesse Saxberg, Chase Tozer and Adam Allmer, who developed the BusBoozy Bar app that eliminates waiting at the bar for drinks and fosters a fun, social environment that allows for bar-goers to “Raise a glass to short lines and good times.”

• Grayson Klein developed ElboRoom, which helps remote workers find unique workspaces to pursue their business goals in a space fit for them.

• Colin Schulte, Jordan Thielman, and Kyland Kielger, with Hot Bike, Hot Bike helps cyclists travel more comfortably so they can ride in colder climates.

• Matthew Solem and Kristian Rue with Push Receipts, which eliminates paper receipts to prevent waste and gives you control of your data.

• Megan Skjonsby, Nancy Ngo, Chase Nettum, Noah Moberg, and Megan Schumacher created Shark Card, a virtual stage for business cards to be organized and sustain networking connections.

Graduate research finalists include:

• Ghazal, Vahidi, Amir, Darabi, Jamileh Shojaeiarani and Chad Rhehovsky, with Hydro-Healers, 3D printed hydrogel bandages that can be customized for individual patients.

• Velmanickam Logeeshan the creator of Illuminate, an engineering technique to rescue cancer patients.

• Matthew Confeld and Babak Mamnoon with Natal Notes, allowing expecting mothers to be proactive about their newborn’s health, through genetic screening and counseling.

•Pranothi Multini, with Silk-Cath: coating of a venous catheter tube with a unique fusion protein that can capture heparin present inside the body will provide both anti-coagulant and antimicrobial surface.

Social impact finalists include:

•Mariah Billadeau with EcoTex, an eco-friendly outdoor recreational textile that will reduce the use of microplastics.

• Shelby Grabanski, Ninad Kashyap and Matt Hofman developed Outside In, helping people get rid of useless socks that take up space to create winterwear that will keep them and the homeless population from freezing in the harsh North Dakota weather.

• Ryan Morff, Charlie Carlson, Hayden Teruya and Jeffrey Ostlund are the creators of Reel, which helps young social media users connect with their friends and family in an authentic way so they can feel confident and happy about their real selves without fear of judgement.

• Emma Kangas and Elsie McGuigan with U-Scoop, a way to give college students the tools to earn volunteer hours by clearing snow and ice from public walkways, intersections and around cars to keep students safe, promote healthy activities & build community on campus.

• Ryder Belgrade, Myles Duval, Peyton Beehler and Sam Betty are the Wind-Turbine Guys, creating a compact omnidirectional wind turbine which can be mounted on city buildings to help reduce carbon footprints.

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