Two Boise State University student teams were among the winners splitting $100,000 in startup money at the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge last week at Trailhead in Downtown.
One Boise State team, Shaw Mountain Technology, won $13,000 for winning the technology category. Team members Aaron R. Smith, Joe Runyan and Andrew Armstrong pitched a micro pump intended for the pharmaceutical market.
Another Boise State team, Hurd Tracking, won a $13,000 award in the agriculture technology category. Team members Sheena Coles, Joshua Whitworth, Kenneth Lock-Smith and Jared Cooke pitched technology designed to help ranchers keep track of cattle.
A total of 22 Idaho college and university teams competed in the contest, which was organized by Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and sponsored by Zions Bank. Fourteen teams took home seed money prizes.
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University of Idaho’s Safeguard Equipment team earned the top award in the health category for a patentable wristband that alerts personnel working near high-voltage electricity of nearby energized surfaces and conductors.
The Revival Outlet team from Brigham Young University-Idaho won the social impact category with its belts made from used bicycle tires.
Another University of Idaho team, The Feller Pump, won the best demo category for innovations that could increase wildfire fighter safety by creating lighter equipment.