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Day One Response is a Chivas Award Finalist and Needs Your Vote!

- Posted on May 11, 2017

[Source: DayOneResponse] DayOne Response won the USA final of the Chivas Regal "The Venture" global search for social startups!  “We are now in fierce competition with 29 global entrepreneurs for a $1M fund for businesses making positive change.  As the USA finalist, we were selected for our ability to change the world by providing clean drinking through the DayOne Waterbag.”

  The next phase -- You be the judge!

Chivas has launched a "people's choice" award as part of the competition. We need your help to vote and spread the word!  Once you click this link , you will be directed to connect with Facebook to vote, then select “Confirm your vote”.  Each person can vote once a week to help us access up to $50,000 per week for a total of 5 weeks.  Each vote you submit equals funding.  Now is your chance to help us continue to make the world a better place by doing good business!

UConn: Innovation Quest Tops Participation Record; Winners Present Vastly Different, Creative Start

- Posted on May 09, 2017

The UConn winners of this year’s Innovation Quest (iQ) competition had a unique set of people to credit for inspiring their success, including:

* A friend with a teddy bear tattoo, emblazoned with his ex-girlfriend’s name;

* A waitress who was trying to handle a mad-house of customers during a blizzard, when the rest of the wait staff didn’t show up;

* A little brother who leaves his EpiPen home because it is too bulky to carry;

* Americans who have very polarized beliefs about political events, depending on which news source they follow.

“The iQ competition, now in its sixth year, broke another...for the complete inspiring article - CLICK HERE

iQ Cal Poly Startup Connector Silicon Valley, Thursday, June 1st 2017

- Posted on May 05, 2017

The premier startup networking event for all Cal Poly Alumni

Who should attend:

Entrepreneurs with new Startups

Angel Investors to finance Startups

Mentors and Advisors to help Startups


Job Seekers to work for Startups


CPSU Alumni interested in Cal Poly Startups

IQ/CIE Company Founders

Thursday June 1, 2017

Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alto

Special Keynote Presentations by:

Brian Riley - Co-Founder/CEO SURESTOP –– BS Finance/Entrepreneurship, 2010

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS on “Shark Tank” and Catching One!

Recent encounter with the sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank – aired April 14, 2017

Marc van den Berg

Partner, DBL Partners –– VC Insights and Q&A


As a Venture Capitalist “What am I looking for?” and “How do I end up finding it?”

Schedule:

4:30 Networking and socializing hour – drinks and snacks


5:30 Welcome –– Carson Chen, Laura Pickering, Rich Boberg, & Sponsors


5:40 SWIMMING WITH SHARKS on “Shark Tank” and Catching One! – Brian Riley


6:25 As a Venture Capitalist “What am I looking for?” – Marc van den Berg


6:55 Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professors Tod Nelson and Tom Katona An overview of the CIE and the 2017 Innovation Quest contest winners


7:05 New Startup Pitches – 5 minute pitches from 2-4 experienced Cal Poly alumni (3 slides max) Led by successful Shark Tank participants from SURESTOP and GRINDS: Brian Riley, Pat Pezet, Matt Canepa

7:30 Cal Poly Startups – Key Lessons Learned / Q&A – Professor Jon York, moderator Panel Discussion with DayOneResponse, IO Turbine, Startup Digest, Thimble Bioelectronics, Applied Silver

8:30 Breakout, Networking, Mentoring: Led by Cameron Wiese & Eli Burch, CPEC

Cal Poly Startups that are looking for Investors, Mentors and Advisors, New Employees or Co-founders

9:15 Conclusion

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Brought to you by: Innovation Quest www.innovationquest.org

In partnership with

- Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)


- Cal Poly Alumni Association (CPAA) - Cal Poly Advancement


- Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alto - Cal Poly Entrepreneurs Club (CPEC)

Don’t miss it!!!: Register via Eventbrite at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-poly-startup-connector-silicon-valley-tickets-34058714532

Admission is free. A $25 donation is encouraged.

UConn 6th Anniversary Innovation Quest Competition 2017 Winners Announced

- Posted on May 05, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of UConn’s 2017 Innovation Quest, Campus-wide, Competition!

Following are the Award Winners and Finalists going into the iQ Incubator

1st Place $15,000 Award went to Apployment, Jaclyn Paride, Team Lead

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to LOKI - Live Media, Andrew Ginzberg, Team Lead

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Dermatat-X, Faizan Khan, Team Lead

Judges' $5,000 Award went to EpiGo, John Brindisi, Team Lead

Finalist Flux Forcefield, Hima Patel, Team Lead

Finalist Life Light, Jerry Reyes-Rivera, Team Lead

Finalist Northern Frontier, David Daly, Team Lead

Finalist Podcampus, Alexandra L Oshinskie, Team Lead

Finalist Targeted gene therapy for cancer utilizing CRISPR/Cas9, Matthew Lin, Team Lead

Finalist The Middle Man, Christopher Kovach, Team Lead

Cal Poly 14th Anniversary Innovation Quest Competition 2017 Winners Announced

- Posted on May 04, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of Cal Poly’s 2017 Innovation Quest, Campus-wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Award went to Pashion, Haley Pavone, Team Lead

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Current, Maxwell Fong, Team Lead

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Brandplug, Sam Betesh, Team Lead

Judges' $1,600 Award went to Atsa, Rafael Pintor, Team Lead

Don’t Miss Shark Tank on April 14th 2017! Cal Poly - Innovation Quest 2008 Competition Winner

- Posted on April 14, 2017
Tonight at 9:00PM PST on ABC. Watch Brian Riley swim with the sharks! Brian and Andrew founded FlipBrake-->SlidePad-->SureStop in 2009 after winning the Cal Poly Innovation Quest Competition.. Brian and Kyle have created a competitive company that can swim with the sharks. Watch it;;;;;;;;;;;

Cal Poly - iQ Announces the 13 finalist teams for the 2017 Innovation Quest Competition

- Posted on April 11, 2017

From your Cal Poly - iQ Team: Over 150 students, composed of 44 teams, with students from all six colleges entered this year’s competition.

A hardy congratulations to the 13 Innovation Quest finalists that will be making “Live Presentations” in front of a panel off judges from industry and academia. The top prize winners will be announced at the Cal Poly - iQ awards dinner on Saturday, April 29th 2017. In alphabetical order the finalists are:

Alfa Grey Technologies researches and develops technologies which protect the first-responders and servicemen and women who keep our families safe.

Archer Components is developing a bicycle add-on that transforms any cable-driven shifting mechanism into a high precision, cable-free, Bluetooth operated, shifting system.

Atsá Foods LLC is an innovative foods company that incorporates Native American superfoods into everyday snacks.

Brandplug allows marketers to lower their social media celebrity marketing costs by more than 50% by using our novel pay-per-impression social media celebrity marketing platform.

Current Solutions is the first comprehensive personal security solution for college-aged women who feel unsafe walking alone at night and parents who are worried for their children’s safety that integrates all four layers of security: deter, defend, respond, and record; It does this by automatically dispatching police to a user’s exact GPS location, notifying loved ones of the user’s situation, alerting the nearby Current community, and recording audio and video.

DTE Materials manufactures high performing hemp building insulation sustainably from plant to home.

Fitmi is a smart mirror that provides a quick, holistic review of health and progress.

Grow Nodes is a wifi connected automated cannabis growing system that makes growing easy for anyone by constantly monitoring and adjusting the plants environment and notifying the user through the mobile app whenever the plant needs tending.

Pashion Footwear is an innovative fashion startup working to create a "practical and fashionable" approach to the classic stiletto heel - an adaptable shoe that can fully convert from a pump into a sandal.

PCkit helps people build their own powerful, affordable gaming computers optimized to the specific video games they want to play.

PolyRents simplifies the housing rental process for landlords, property managers, and tenants.

SharedElements is a platform that vertically integrates solutions for entrepreneurship.

SpotDrop is creating an adaptable smart irrigation system for vineyard managers who want to save water and increase the quality and yield of their crop by enabling vine-by-vine control and eliminating irrigation inefficiencies.

UConn - iQ Announces the 20 finalist teams for the 2017 Innovation Quest Competition

- Posted on April 11, 2017

From your UConn - iQ Team: 2017 was another record year for UConn Innovation Quest participation. Eighty-one (81) teams submitted applications, proving that creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship is very strong at UConn. After a thorough judging process using 30 mentor evaluators, the 2017 UConn Innovation Quest Competition Finalists have been chosen and are listed below by iQ Application Entry Number. Again, because of the extremely competitive nature of the competition, an additional 5 teams have been added to the list of Finalists (20).

  The next phase of the competition is the Live Presentations Phase on Saturday, April 22nd and the prize winners announced the the awards dinner, Tuesday, April 25th 2017.

Again, thank you all for your continued support of the UConn Innovation Quest Program. Our students benefit greatly by your involvement.

Entry# Project Name

12 High Stress Scenario VR Simulator

14 The Middle Man

15 Augmented Reality meets Google Glass

17 Reloadable Epinephrine Autoinjector

25 Apployment

26 Allergy Aid 911

27 BABY SAVING BED

30 A live video streaming application that democratizes the live media industry

32 VR Cycling Experience

39 SwiftRevu

48 EFFE

52 ZephAir

57 Life Light

62 Rowing Sensor Glove

64 EpiGo

76 Flux Forcefield

77 Targeted gene therapy for cancer utilizing CRISPR/Cas9

78 Dermatat-X

83 Podcampus

84 Northern Frontier

Don’t Miss Shark Tank CNBC on April 14th 2017! Cal Poly - Innovation Quest 2008 Competition Winner

- Posted on March 28, 2017

Cal Poly - Innovation Quest 2008 2nd Place Competition Winner SureStop swims with the Sharks on Shark Tank, April 14th 2017. Will they cut a deal with one, all or none of the Sharks. Tune in to find out!

In 2009, Brian Riley, then a 3rd-year student at Cal Poly SLO, met Andrew Ouellet, a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student at an Innovation Quest competition. Andrew won 2nd Place in the 2008 Innovation Quest Competition by presenting a prototype of a brake component he built that prevented people from pitching over the handlebars. Brian immediately walked up to Andrew after the pitch and told him about the accident his grandfather had suffered several years before.

  The two decided to start a company and continue to develop the brake system into a commercializable technology. Over the next few years of iterations, the product developed from a bulky, yet functional, piece of metal, into a simple solution that could be brought to the masses. The birth of the SURESTOP braking system was created.

Cal Poly Innovation Quest 2017 Competition Schedule

- Posted on March 11, 2017

Info Session #1

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00 — 7:30p.m., Building 2, Room 206/210

Info Session #2

Tuesday, January 17th, 6:00 — 7:30p.m., Building 2, Room 210

Info Session #3

Thursday, February 16th, 6:00 — 7:30p.m., Building 2, Room 210

Applications Due

Friday, March 3rd at 11:59p.m.

Finalists Announced

Tuesday, March 21st

Final Judging and Banquet

Saturday, April 29th , Building 2, Room 206/210 & SLO Country Club

UConn Innovation Quest 2017 Competition - Key Dates

- Posted on March 10, 2017

February 13     iQ Kick-Off Reception – Monday 5:30PM - 6:30PM

  IQ Workshop 1 Monday – 7:00 PM - Storrs Campus: ITE C80

  February 20     iQ Workshop 2 Monday – 6:30PM Storrs Campus: School of Business Student Lounge

  March 6 iQ Workshop 3 Monday – 6:30PM Storrs Campus: School of Business Student Lounge

  March 20        iQ Workshop 4 Monday – 6:30PM Storrs Campus: School of Business Student Lounge

  March 29        Application Deadline -- 11:59pm Eastern Wednesday

  April 10        Finalists announced Monday

  April 22        Finalists present to judges Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Storrs Campus: School of Business Room #106

  April 24        Top three winners announced Monday

  April 25        Awards Dinner (Tuesday)

6:00 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Dinner and Program Announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners & iQ InQbator invitations Storrs Campus: UConn Foundation Board Room

  May 10 – June 16        iQ InQbator business incubator/accelerator program

  InQbator Dates (All Wednesdays except Session #7)

  Storrs Campus: School of Business Room 211 for all 7 sessions

  Session #1: May 10th 

Session #2: May 17th

Session #3: May 24th

Session #4: May 31st

Session #5: June 7th

Session #6: June 14th -- Investor Presentation Prep Session (If Necessary)

Session #7: June 16th -- Investor Presentation Day (Friday)

iQ Kicks Off Inaugural - Cal Poly Startup Connector - Silicon Valley - November 17, 2016

- Posted on November 04, 2016

Cal Poly Startup Connector Silicon Valley

The premier startup networking event for all Cal Poly Alumni and Annual iQ/CIE Company Founder's Reunion, November 17, 2015.

Brought to you by Innovation Quest, in partnership with Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) - Cal Poly Entrepreneurs Club - Cal Poly Alumni Association (CPAA) - Cal Poly Advancement - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Who should attend:

Entrepreneurs with new Startups

Angel Investors to finance Startups

iQ/CIE Company Founders

Mentors and Advisors to help Startups

Job Seekers to work for Startups

CPSU Alumni interested in Cal Poly Startups

Schedule:

5:30 Networking and socializing hour – drinks and snacks

6:30 Welcome and Keynote

7:00 A New Generation of Cal Poly Companies: An overview of the 2016 contest winners and new Cal Poly companies from IQ and CIE

7:30 Cal Poly Startups – Key Lessons Learned / Q&A: Moderated Panel Discussion with iQ/CIE Cal Poly companies in industry today

8:15 Networking and breakout sessions: Cal Poly Startups that are looking for - Area A: Investors; Area B: Mentors and Advisors; Area C: New Employees or Co-founders

9:30 Conclusion

For more information contact: iQ@InnovationQ.org

UConn iQ 2016 Winner “I Was Surprised That Someone Hadn’t Invented This Yet”

- Posted on July 13, 2016

UConn senior Stephen Hawes’ debuted as an entrepreneur several years ago, working diligently to perfect his...to read more - CLICK HERE

Cal Poly's Innovation Quest Competition Awards $30,000 to Student Starups

- Posted on June 15, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary team of four Cal Poly students earned the $15,000 first-place prize in Cal Poly’s 13th annual Innovation Quest (iQ) Competition for their startup Mantis Composites, a company that is developing carbon fiber 3-D printing technology to provide full service design-to-manufacturing of high performance...for the complete intriguing article - CLICK HERE

Cal Poly's 13th Annual Innovation Quest Competition 2016 Winners Announced

- Posted on May 01, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of Cal Poly’s 2016 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Award went to Mantis Composites, Michael Chapiro, Team Lead

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to DroneFox, Luke Fox, Team Lead

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to ObserVR, Jason Cheng, Team Lead

UConn 2016 Innovation Quest Competition Winners Announced - Celebrating UConn-iQ's 5th Anniversary

- Posted on May 01, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of UConn’s 2016 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Award went to Protectiscope, Elizabeth Pouya, Team Lead

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Atlas Arm, Stephen Hawes, Team Lead

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to mBiotics, Stephanie Knowlton, Team Lead

UConn 2016 Innovation Quest Competition Winners Announced - Celebrating UConn-iQ's 5th Anniversary

- Posted on April 28, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of Cal Poly’s 2016 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Award went to Protectiscope, Elizabeth Pouya, Team Lead

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Atlas Arm, Stephen Hawes, Team Lead

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to mBiotics, Stephanie Knowlton, Team Lead

UConn - Innovation Quest Announces 2016 Finalists

- Posted on April 11, 2016

After a thorough judging process using 31 mentor evaluators, the 2016 UConn Innovation Quest Competition Finalists have been chosen and are listed below by iQ Application Entry Number. Because of the extremely competitive nature of the competition, an additional 5 teams have been added to the list of Finalists, now 20.

The next phase of the competition is the Live Presentations Phase on Saturday, April 23rd.

2016 UConn-iQ FINALISTS

Entry # Entry Project Name

2 Photo-sensing Electroluminescent Necklace

4 Venyou, LLC

5 Smart Glove

10 SquareOne

16 #D Printer For Creating Domestic Utilities

19 Invasive Plant Solutions

20 mBiotics: rapid, on-site disease diagnostics usingmagnets

21 Golf Sand Bunker Training Mat

22 Low Cost Audiometric Device for Hearing Loss Screening

29 Wearable phonocardiograph for real-time, continuous heart monitoring

31 The Storyteller Society

32 FutureMail

33 Atlas Arm

52 Stethoscope Hygiene

55 Exchange

59 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Monitoring System

68 Incentivized Sports

72 Low cost imaging system for early detection of the most common cancer among women (breast cancer)

73 Smart Scrubs

74 ShrimpBright

Cal Poly - Innovation Quest Announces 2016 Finalists

- Posted on March 19, 2016

Cal Poly announces the finalists for the 2016 Innovation Quest Competition. With 155 applicants representing 433 teams from across the colleges at Cal Poly, the Innovation Quest Competition continues to inspire students to dream, create, and innovate. After a difficult review process from alumni, friends, and faculty/staff of Cal Poly, twelve finalists have been chosen. The finalist teams, which truly represent the variety and interdisciplinary nature of a polytechnic university, are:

Brandplug: Software that allows marketers to pay social media celebrities for promotion in content on their social media accounts based on the amount of impressions or engagements their promotional content generates.

Bubble: A mobile app that aims to provide quick, once a day exercises to help users increase real interactions with family, friends, and strangers as well as develop a healthier state of mind.

Current: To prevent sexual assault on college campuses, Current has developed a phone case with a built-in stun gun that automatically calls the police, texts a user’s emergency contacts, and activates the phone's video camera to identify suspects afterward.

DroneFox: Employing a hierarchy of countermeasures, DroneFox detects, identifies, and intercepts unauthorized drones.

Hemp-Shiv Nanoparticle Composite Insulating Material: We are creating a hemp-shiv nanoparticle insulating material that is both carbon-negative and carbon sequestering, that can replace current insulation in commercial and residential projects.

Mantis Composites: Provides a full service design-to-testing platform that allows our customers to create a new era of high performance machines and devices with stronger, lighter, and more intricate composite parts than current technologies allow.

ObserVR: A virtual reality application that allows a user to stream multiple 2D videos in a 3D environment, creating an immersive experience by allowing them to self-producing gameplay and increasing their interaction with what they’re watching.

Pivot: We are helping independent sustainable waste management firms lower fuel costs and increase operational efficiency with a smart network of dumpster volume sensors paired with GIS-powered route optimization software.

Quench: The only company that keeps customers fully hydrated without adding any contaminants to your water, we track hydration with our smartphone app and a revolutionary water displacement disc that measures the amount of water leaving your bottle

Saffron: A mobile app regional marketplace that allows experienced and qualified chefs to connect and sell their specialty, homemade creations with foodies looking for the most delicious and exciting food trends.

Smart Irrigation: We are revolutionizing wine-grape growing by reducing water consumption and simultaneously improving crop quality by providing growers with a smart network of soil moisture probes and precision valves all in pursuit of making the best bottle of wine.

U-Farm: The U-Farm is a fully-automated and sustainable vertical farm for urban environments.

Dr. Thomas M. Katona Director Cal Poly - Innovation Quest, Asst. Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Biomedical and General Engineering Dept.

UConn Launches 5th Innovation Quest

- Posted on March 10, 2016

Students, Teams, Ideas Soaring to New Levels, Mentors Say

Graduate nursing student Samantha Nesbeth wants to find a way to use genetics, instead of hair transplants, to help men and women regrow thinning hair. “When you lose your hair, you see yourself as a read more

Are YOU Ready? UConn iQ Kicks Off its 5th Anniversary Competition.

- Posted on January 06, 2016

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to the start of our 5th year. The iQ buzz on campus has already started. We are expecting another exceptional year of innovation. Our success is driven by your dedication to our students and the help, advice, and mentoring that you provide them. Thanks for all that you have done in the past and thanks for your commitment to their future!

Best regards,

Rich, Keith and the UConn iQ Team

2016 Innovation Quest Key Dates

February 15 iQ Kick-Off Reception – Monday 5:30PM - 6:30PM Alumni House

IQ Workshop 1 Monday – 7:00 PM Storrs Campus ITE C180

February 22 iQ Workshop 2 Monday – 6:30PM School of Business Student Lounge

March 7 iQ Workshop 3 Monday – 6:30PM School of Business Student Lounge

March 21 iQ Workshop 4 Monday – 6:30PM School of Business Student Lounge

March 30 Application Deadline -- 11:59pm Eastern Wednesday

April 11 Finalists announced Monday

April 23 Finalists present to judges Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Storrs Campus Laurel Hall 101

April 25 Top three winners announced Monday

April 26 Awards Dinner (Tuesday) 6:00 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Dinner and Program Announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners & iQ InQbator invitations UConn Foundation Board Room

May 11 – June 17 iQ InQbator business incubator/accelerator program

InQbator Dates (All Wednesdays except Session #6) (School of Business Room #203 for all 6)

Session #1: May 11th

Session #2: May 18th

Session #3: May 25th

Session #4: June 1st

Session #5: June 8th

Session #6: June 17th -- Investor Presentation Day (Friday)

Cal Poly iQ DayOne Response Wins Honored Silicon Valley Laureate Tech Award 2015

- Posted on November 22, 2015

According to the American Red Cross, providing clean drinking water is the number one challenge in disaster zones. Each year more than 255 million people are affected by natural disasters, and without access to clean water they face potentially life-threatening waterborne illnesses....

DayOne Response developed a lightweight, family-scale water treatment device with an all-in-one design for collection, transport, treatment and storage of local water to create safe drinking water...Working with domestic and international partners, including CARE International, the U.S. Marine Corps, and WorldVision International among others, the Waterbag has been deployed to more than 20 countries, providing 7 million liters of clean water for disaster relief...more - CLICK HERE

How it works and, at the end of the video, the smiling faces it helps in stressful times of worldwide disaster relief. video - CLICK HERE

Cal Poly iQ SureStop Brian Riley Wins (Under 35) U35 BRAIN Award

- Posted on November 22, 2015
Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN) Awards Brian Riley as a 2015 U35 (under 35) innovator. for the complete intriguing article Page 2 & Page 5 - CLICK HERE

See Brian describe the many evolutions it takes to get from an idea to a prototype and then to viably selling a quality product in industry. video clip

UConn iQ Companies Winning additional Awards-Funding

- Posted on November 22, 2015

Smpl Bio is creating a bioinformatics platform technology that enables researchers to gain insights into the nature of genes and proteins, thereby expediting creation of new diagnostics, better drugs, and superior therapeutics. The investment was approved for up to $500,000 in funding. full story

Parrot MD received a "silver" division award.full story

Innovation Quest 2016: Are you Ready?

- Posted on October 06, 2015

The Cal Poly 2016 Innovation Quest Competition Begins!

Get ready and tune up with all the Cal Poly CIE events.

Why not...YOU!

CLICK HERE for a short video clip of last year's highlights.

We Believe in the Possibilities of...YOU!

UConn iQ 2015 1st Prize Winner Dan Dvoskin of Autobeacon Wins another Award

- Posted on September 15, 2015

Rocky Hill, Conn., Sept.14, 2015 – CTNext, Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem managed by Connecticut Innovations, today announced the award winners of the most recent Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA), which were held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Infinity Music Hall, located in Hartford, Conn.

The finalists, who are Connecticut-based companies and entrepreneurs, presented their innovative project ideas at a Shark-Tank-style event for an opportunity to secure awards of up to $10,000. Winners included:

Imperium Technologies (West Hartford): Developing Autobeacon, an electromechanical device to ensure responsible driving by teens and young adults by providing preventative technologies to promote safe driving...

UConn iQ 2015: What's the Big Deal? What's the Big Idea?

- Posted on August 11, 2015

Kyle Mahoney '18 just finished his freshman year at UConn, but already he has created a therapeutic massage device that he believes will be a retail blockbuster.

Mahoney and his business partner, Chris Brown '15, were among six teams recognized as the best entrepreneurial ventures in UConn's highly competitive Innovation Quest. On June 19, they presented their ideas and prototypes to more than a dozen angel investors, who will now track their products' development and potentially fund their companies.

"I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur," said Mahoney, an exercise science major. "I've never wanted to work for someone else...for the complete intriguing article and VIDEO - CLICK HERE

Cal Poly 2015 Innovation Quest Winners Announced - Celebrating Cal Poly-iQ's 12th Anniversary

- Posted on May 05, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of Cal Poly's 2015 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 "Innovation Quest" Award went to LiftGator Removable

2nd Place $10,000 Rich & Jackie Boberg Award went to App Scrolls

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to SENCE - Smart Water Meter

The Parsons $10,000 Award went to Higea Inc - ferrofluid oil spill clean up method

The QL+ $5,000 Award went to U-Turner Ergonomic Patient Turning Device

UConn 2015 Innovation Quest Competition Winners Announced - Celebrating UConn-iQ's 4th Anniversary

- Posted on May 04, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of UConn's 2015 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Auran J. Fox Award went to Autobeacon

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to SoulStones

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Picaptcha

Judges' Special $5000 Award went to StoryLine

Parsons to Support Cal Poly 2015 Innovation Quest Competition

- Posted on April 29, 2015

PASADENA, CA (February 5, 2015) – Parsons is pleased to announce that it will contribute $10,000 to support Cal Poly’s 2015 Innovation Quest (iQ) Competition. Now in its 12th year, this campuswide competition is designed to encourage student innovators to pursue their ideas and get them funded. Parsons, in coordination with iQ, has also created a special award for the 2015 competition. The award—another $10,000 contribution—is geared toward innovative concepts that lead to an entrepreneurial venture in the architectural, engineering, and construction market.

“Innovation is a core value at Parsons, and Cal Poly’s iQ Competition represents innovation at its best,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO. “This competition offers university students an opportunity to get their ideas, projects, and programming noticed, rewarded, and potentially introduced to the venture capital industry.”

In order to enter the iQ Competition, student innovators are required to complete an application form outlining the innovative concept being proposed. Applicants are mentored through several workshops to learn entrepreneurial and presentation skills and fine-tune their ideas. Concepts that make it to the final stage will feature a high potential for commercialization, a demonstrable prototype validating the novel concept, and a business plan on how to take the product to market. These requirements provide the teams with a strong framework for continued pursuit of their endeavors beyond the iQ Competition. Parsons will be involved in judging as well as in selecting the finalists.

“Historically, student participation in the AEC area has been underrepresented. The Parsons award will incentivize students to not only generate innovations in architecture, engineering, and construction, but to also consider the market value of those ideas,” said Tom Katona, Cal Poly’s iQ Faculty Director.

He added, “It’s also wonderful to have corporate support for all our efforts to promote entrepreneurship across campus. Parsons’ support of our iQ operations will help Cal Poly inspire a generation of can-do innovative and entrepreneurial leaders.”

In addition to supporting Cal Poly’s iQ Competition, Parsons is involved in Cal Poly’s initiative to become the leading supplier of cybersecurity professionals and has committed $100,000 to this effort over a 2-year period, which began in 2014.

UConn - iQ Announces 2015 Award Candidate Finalists

- Posted on April 27, 2015

Rich Dino, Unniversity of Conneticut:

"The Top 4 2015 UConn Innovation Quest Finalists have been selected by the UConn iQ Panel of Judges. They are (in alphabetical order): Autobeacon, Picapcha, Soulstones, and StoryLine.

Congratulations to these teams and to all of the Finalists for your hard work and commitment to Innovation. And thanks to all the Mentors/Judges for your invaluable contributions to the success of all the iQ teams.

We will announce the placement of these Teams/Projects at the 2015 iQ Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening, April 29th. We will also be announcing the Team invitations to participate in the 2015 Summer iQ InQbator. At the dinner, we will be recognizing the achievements of ALL of the 15 iQ Finalists who presented their ideas this past Saturday.

...We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening to celebrate the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship of our outstanding students."

Cal Poly - iQ Announces 2015 Award Candidate Finalists

- Posted on April 27, 2015

Tom Katona, California Polytechnic State University:

"2015 iQers, Thank you all for the effort you put into making today an amazing success. On behalf of the entire Cal Poly Innovation Quest Team, we would like to humbly express our thanks for letting us be a part of your innovation process. The judges and outside observers were extremely impressed with your creativity, passion, and dedication to your projects/innovations. You made the judging process extremely difficult, and we expect great things from many of you in the future.

After reviewing the 18 finalist presentations, the judges have decided to not only award the first place (Carson Chen Innovation Award), second place (Rich and Jackie Boberg Innovation Award), and third place prizes, but our corporate sponsors, Parsons and QL+, have also chosen teams within their domain of interest which they would like to recognize for their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Announcement of the specific awards will occur at the iQ Awards Dinner on May 2nd...Even if you are not receiving an award, please join us to celebrate all that you have accomplished during this year. The banquet is intended to celebrate the achievement you all have accomplished just to get to today's presentation.

Without further adieu, the five award winners are listed below IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

- App Scrolls

- Higea Technologies

- LiftGator Removable Lift Gate

- SENCE - Smart Water Meter

- U-Turner: Ergonomic Patient Turning Device

Again, we were extremely impressed with all of the finalist teams this year and we encourage you to research, fine-tune, and continue to pursue the commercial potential of your projects utilizing the full range of resources that are offered to you through the Cal Poly CIE. It's interesting to note that one of the award winners above has previously applied to iQ two times without receiving an award, and their ability to stay focused on continuing, and pursuing their ideas has resulted in receiving funding through this years competition. Over the next 1-2 weeks I will be reaching out by phone to each of the finalist team leaders to provide feedback and recommendations from the judges. I can't express enough how proud the Cal Poly community was of the collective body of work that was displayed today. "

Congratulations to the 2015 UConn iQ 16 Finalists!

- Posted on April 15, 2015

After a thorough judging process using 31 mentor evaluators, the 2015 UConn Innovation Quest Competition Finalists have been chosen.

Good Luck in iQ Finalist "Live Judging" Presentation Day!

In no particular order, the 16 Finalists are listed below:

1) Active Wearable Enabler (AWE)

2) PentaVac: An Innovative Multivalent Spray Vaccine against a Costly Poultry Disease

3) Picaptcha

4) SoulStones

5) Fantasy Invest

6) 360 SMR

7) Summit Music Application

8) StoryLine

9) Homejourney

10) Orunje-Healthcare on Demand

11) Parrot MD

12) Autobeacon

13) Nursing Innovation Project

14) Gigapixel Microscopy for Digital Pathology

15) Crime Scan

16) Last Filter

Congratulations to the 2015 Cal Poly iQ 18 Finalists!

- Posted on March 25, 2015

The following teams are the 18 Finalists for the 2015 12th Anniversary Cal Poly Innovation Quest Competition. They will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes and a special QL+ and Parsons award. Good Luck in iQ Finalist "Live Judging" Presentation Day!

(in no particular order)

1) 3DHOTFIX.com (3DHF)

2) App Scrolls

3) Dingbot

4) Higea inc.

5) High Spirits Distillery

6) LiftGator Removable Lift Gate

7) Mantis Aerospace

8) Mantis Composites

9) Pinventory

10) SENCE - Smart Water Meter

11) Sole Good

12) Stakeout

13) Superhive

14) The BigFoot Crutch

15) The Bottlefly, Inc.

16) The ThermoCore

17) U-Turner: Ergonomic Patient Turning Device

18) WhichWay

Cal Poly Innovation Quest 2014-15 Information - Facebook page

- Posted on December 18, 2014

For the latest Innovation Quest buzz keep tuned to - https://www.facebook.com/CalPolyInnovationQuest2014 or CLICK HERE

Cal Poly Innovation Quest Info Session #1 - Meet Student Entrepreneurs

- Posted on November 19, 2014

As Cal Poly - iQ kicks off its 12th year, see student entrepreneurs that learned to believe in themselves and started their careers owning their own destiny.

Hear them speak about their successes and how it can be "YOU!!!" video clip - CLICK HERE

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

WHERE: Advanced Technologies Lab (ATL Bldg 7) Cal Poly Campus

iQ...Empowering Young Leaders to Discover their Own Possibilities...

Cal Poly Kicks-off 2014-15 Innovation Quest Info Session #1

- Posted on November 18, 2014

"From Idea to Prototype to Company"

Why not? Why not...YOU!

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Where: Advanced Technologies Lab (ATL Bldg 7) Cal Poly Campus

For more information CLICK HERE

UConn-iQ: No better app for the weekend than ‘Sobrio’

- Posted on September 09, 2014

Imagine this: you drive to your friend’s house on a weekend night to hang out for a few hours and catch up. You don’t intend to drink that much because you know your limits, but it was a very stressful week and you want to let loose a bit. After a while you realize it’s getting late, or perhaps you are out of beer and decide a midnight pickup from a convenience store down the road sounds like a good idea.

You think you can handle the drive; after all you’re not that drunk. You’ll just... read more - click here

From Contest to Success: Following iQ Startups

- Posted on August 18, 2014

The prize money is only the beginning…

Something that gives me an immense amount of enjoyment is the advising that I do with student startups from the UCONN Innovation Quest program. This program is a contest with real cash awards as well as a six week incubator program that puts the student teams directly in touch with startup experts as well as investors. Just having a cool or innovative idea isn’t enough to compete. The purpose of the iQ program is to create real businesses that have the potential to Read More...

Cal Poly 2013 Innovation Quest Competition Winners Announced - Celebrating iQ's 11th Anniversary

- Posted on May 18, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of Cal Poly's 2014 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition! This year we celebrate Innovation Quest's 11th year anniversary at Cal Poly!

1st Place $15,000 Award went to AccuSpine by Sarthak Patel

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Hydrex by Zoie Engman

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Tandemech by Tobias Reaper

UConn 2014 Innovation Quest Competition Winners Announced - Celebrating UConn-iQ's 3rd Anniversary

- Posted on May 09, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of UConn's 2014 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Auran J. Fox Award went to HAPTITUDE by Morad Behandish

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Reknown by Mai Hamdalla

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Reflective Gestures by Mikhail Rudinskiy

Congratulations 2014 Cal Poly iQ 17 Finalists!

- Posted on April 27, 2014

Congratulations! The following teams are Finalists for the 2014 11th Anniversary Cal Poly Innovation Quest Competition. They will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes and a special QL+ award. Good Luck!

(in no particular order)

AccuSpine

Beatstream

DeCigs

Ease of Gait

Home2o (pronounced “Home 2 Oh”)

Hydrex: Wearable Hydration Monitor

iCHIP-it

Lock N Load Liftgates

Milk Pro Tubeless Sealant

Music Putty

PIGEON

PISCIS (Pneumatic In-situ Soil Caving Index Sampler)

Pocket Preschool

Restroom Rater

Sole Good

Tandemech Engineering

WineSav

Congratulations to the 2014 UConn-iQ 16 Finalists!

- Posted on April 16, 2014

Congratulations! The following teams are Finalists for the 2014 UConn Innovation Quest Competition. They will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to participate in the iQ InQbator. Good Luck!

(in no particular order)

Salve

Visualization of Complex Equations

STEMbuds

Suspended Ceiling Spider Lock (SCSL)

Smart Guns - Geosync Hunting Rifles

Reflective Gestures

Personalized fitness and education plans, and social network based on genes

Minimally Activated Knee Brace

Flashplan

Reknown

Eco-inspired and Hydrodynamic Underwater Energy Harvesting in Underwater Sensor Networks

WalkOn

Large-scale fabrication of lamellar scaffolds for bone repair

EPIC Brew: Making Awesome

Crowdsurf Mobile Launch

HAPTITUDE: Haptics Software Development Kit

Cal Poly-iQ 2013 Winners Common Fibers Launches their Company!

- Posted on March 19, 2014

Ann Livingston-Peters, Gabriel Mountjoy, Tim Brophy and Myles Bradwell, 2nd Place Prize Winners in the Cal Poly Innovation Quest 2013 Competition, launches Common Fibers with an initial product line of three carbon fiber products using their patent pending technology. Congratulations!

To see a short video clip of the team, company and products… click here

…to learn more, click on the “KICKSTARTER” menu tab to view a short video history.

iQ…We Believe in the Possibilities of…YOU!

Mothers of Invention - Toyota 2014 Award Tricia Compas-Markman founder DayOne Response

- Posted on March 18, 2014

Women in the World - Tricia Compas-Markman, founder of DayOne Response, is one of the 2014 Mothers of Invention awardees.

The DayOne Water Bag is their premiere product — a product she invented to allow water to be collected, cleaned, and quickly available for drinking, after natural disasters strike.

As a civil engineering student at Cal Polytechnic State University, she started the group Engineers Without Borders and began work building water treatment systems in Thailand.

See the video... read more

“That’s when I first recognized the need for clean water and what the access to clean water can do,” she said.

Below is a video of the water bag being used in Haiti, where clean water was much needed after a 7.0 earthquake struck in...read more... Forbes article - click here

CONGRATULATIONS to UConn iQ Start-up "Secor Water!"

- Posted on February 28, 2014
Secor Water, a 2013 UConn iQ Start-up was awarded a $10,000 grant from Connecticut Innovation’s new CTNext's Entrepreneur Innovation Award (EIA) Program! The Secor Water team superbly and powerfully delivered their company pitch “on stage & under the lights” at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, CT last night to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors. Secor Water was also named the “Judge’s Favorite” and received an additional $2,000. Congratulations to co-founders Matt Cremins and Yanbing Guo and the Secor Team.

Cal Poly iQ: Innovation Quest kicks off with the first 2014 workshop for student creators

- Posted on February 26, 2014

The Cal Poly Entrepreneurship Ideation Lab (EIL) was buzzing with excitement last Thursday, February 20th, as students gathered for Innovation Quest’s first workshop of the year. Young innovators from across the university came together to learn more about the application process and hear from past winners about how iQ allowed them to launch the business of their dreams. Oh, and did we mention there was free pizza?

video clip

Past winners Andrew and Nicole Macaluso of SanTasti (now Evo Revitalizing Water), as well as Arlin Krigel of Spongecrete (now MegaMatter), spoke to the audience of roughly 75 students about their journey through Innovation Quest, and how it sparked their path to success.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without iQ,” said Nicole. She and her partner, Andrew Macaluso, won the $15,000 first place prize back in 2008. She credits the competition with giving SanTasti the “push” it needed to turn the product into a tangible, profitable business. She hopes that other students will find similar success, and encouraged everyone in the room to apply.

“I wasn’t even sure that I was going to enter,” said Arlin Krigel, who won the $5,000 third-place prize in last year’s competition. Since winning Innovation Quest, Krigel’s business has evolved from its original plan for a more lightweight concrete material into a chemical solution for fire protection. A year ago, Krigel says he had no idea where he was going to be, and now looks back at the competition fondly. “This is the fun part!” he said.

read about a successful student company

This meeting was the first in a series of three information sessions/workshops designed to prepare students for the application process and help them build a team to further their ideas. The next workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 5th from 6-8pm in the ATL, Building 7, with the final workshop taking place on Monday, April 7th from 6-8pm in Building 180, Room 114.

For more information, please visit the Cal Poly Innovation Quest Facebook page (facebook.com/CalPolyInnovationQuest2014), or sign up for the mailing list through this link: http://bit.ly/1euhOLA

UConn Daily: Innovation Quest Kickoff Provides Unique Opportunity to Students

- Posted on February 12, 2014

...iQ sponsors a $15 Thousand grand-prize contest to see who has the best, brightest and most marketable idea. The winner of this contest will gain recognition and seed money, both vital assets for a startup in any field. Second and third place will receive $10 and $5 thousand, respectively. In preparation for the contest, there will be four developmental workshops as well as a six day “start-up boot camp” in the summer, where students will hone the marketability of their products and refine their understandings of their models, as explained by Dr. Robert Dino, the director of UConn’s Innovation Quest and associate professor at the School of Business. “Nobody has control over ideas. They come from everywhere,” Dino said...

For the full article: read more

Feb 11th UConn Innovation Quest (iQ) Competition Kickoff

- Posted on February 08, 2014

As we all know, fostering and encouraging innovation in today's young entrepreneurs is imperative in driving economic development. As the state's flagship university, it is our responsibility to develop programs and opportunities that support and encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as a way to help all of our students and faculty enhance their capabilities and, in turn, boost Connecticut's economy.

With that in mind, we are pleased to announce UConn's 3rd annual Innovation Quest (iQ) Competition. The kickoff event is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00PM in Gentry Room 131.

The diverse portfolio of submissions over the past two years underscored the fact that ideas and innovation can come anytime, anywhere, and from anyone. Last year, more than 100 Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students across all campuses and 23 different academic disciplines, ranging from business and engineering students to others in the liberal arts, GeoScience, medicine, pharmacy, media, communications, and the humanities brought creative ideas forward. Therefore, getting the word out across the entire University is critical in ensuring equal access and opportunity.

The iQ Program was brought to UConn at the encouragement of Keith R. Fox '80 (BUS), a longtime entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist who offered to sponsor the program here at UConn after seeing its success at Cal Poly.

The iQ kickoff event on February 11th will feature a team of current students, faculty and UConn alumni explaining the competition guidelines and instructions on how to enter and win up to $15,000 in cash prizes. For more information about iQ and to RSVP for the kickoff, students can search "Innovation Quest-UConn" on Facebook or go to www.innovationquest.org/uconn.

UConn to Kick-off the 3rd Annual Innovation Quest Competition

- Posted on February 04, 2014

You’re invited to attend the kickoff event on Tuesday, February 11th, at 7:00 pm in Gentry, Room 131. The iQ kickoff event will feature pizza along with a team of current students, faculty, and UConn alumni explaining the competition guidelines and instructions on how to enter and win up to $15,000 in cash prizes.

The diverse portfolio of submissions over the past two years underscored the fact that ideas and innovation can come anytime, anywhere, and from anyone. Last year, iQ students came from 23 different academic disciplines, ranging from business, engineering, the liberal arts, GeoScience, medicine, pharmacy, media, communications, and the humanities.

Creative ideas from your own domain knowledge.

Why Not? Why Not...YOU!

Cal Poly Kicks-off the 2014 Innovation Quest Competition, iQ's 11th Anniversary

- Posted on January 29, 2014

The Cal Poly 2014 Innovation Quest Competition Begins!

February 20, Thursday - Workshop 1: Introduction & Team Building 6- 8 PM – Location EIL BLD 2 RM 206

March 05, Wednesday - Workshop 2: Motivation & Team Building 6- 8 PM – Location TBD

April 07, Monday - Workshop 3: “Roll up the sleeves” Application Review 6- 8 PM – Location TBD

April 11, Friday - Application Deadline -- 11:59pm Pacific

April 25, Friday - Finalists announced

May 3, Saturday - Finalists present to judges

May 5, Monday - Top three winners announced

May 17, Saturday - Cal Poly-iQ Awards & iQer Annual Reunion Dinner: Announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and accelerator invitations. Get to know your fellow iQers as they come back each year for a reunion of ideas, advice, mentoring and just have fun getting to meet you!

UConn 2014 Innovation Quest Competition Key Dates

- Posted on November 15, 2013

February 11 - Kickoff IQ Workshop 1 Tuesday – 7:00 PM

February 25 - iQ Workshop 2 Tuesday – 6:30PM

March 11 - iQ Workshop 3 Tuesday – 6:30PM

March 25 - iQ Workshop 4 Tuesday – 6:30PM

April 1 - Application Deadline -- 11:59pm Eastern Tuesday

April 14 - Finalists announced Monday

April 26 - Finalists present to judges Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

April 28 - Top three winners announced Monday

April 29 - Awards Dinner (Tuesday) 6:00 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Dinner and Program Announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners & iQ InQbator invitations Tuesday

May 14 – iQ InQbator business incubator/accelerator program June 22

InQbator Dates (All Wednesdays except Session #6)

Session #1: May 14th

Session #2: May 21st

Session #3: May 28th

Session #4: June 4th

Session #5: June 11th

Session #6: June 20th -- Investor Presentation Day (Friday)

UConn: Embracing Entrepreneurship

- Posted on October 06, 2013

Innovation Quest (iQ) program teaches aspiring entrepreneurs what it takes to launch a company, drawing attention to the value of business skills regardless of academic discipline.

An idea can come from anywhere.

That is the message behind UConn’s Innovation Quest program, which recognizes aspiring student entrepreneurs—regardless of major or business experience—with monetary awards and a training program to help take their business ideas to the next level and beyond. The second annual program drew in more than 100 students across all disciplines and campuses this past spring—from music majors to bioengineers to business students—each hoping to take their proposal from “idea to prototype to company.”

The energy and excitement surrounding Innovation Quest is apparent among the UConn community. Adam Boyajian ’12 (BUS), one of the program’s first “entrepreneurs-in-residence” last year, returned as an alumni mentor for 2013. “I love the startup world and the pulse around people who have that entrepreneurial spirit,” he says. Hugh Tansey (ENG), also a program mentor, agrees. “It’s both satisfying to give something back to the university and also energizing and fun to participate with all the great new ideas being proposed.”

Making Connections to Drive Innovation

UConn’s vice president for economic development, Mary Holz-Clause, stresses that Innovation Quest is an important asset to the University of Connecticut to spur innovation, which is enhanced by bringing diverse thoughts and ideas together. “Through iQ we are able to connect an engineering student to work with a liberal arts major. This diversity of experiences and thought can help thrust a powerful idea or concept into a new product or service,” she says.

Robert McCarthy, dean emeritus of pharmacy, echoes this sentiment: “In my view, iQ accomplishes a number of goals beyond providing support for student entrepreneurs. One of these is bringing together individuals of varying backgrounds, something that we are focusing on in health care.”

“We have creative students across the university that have brilliant ideas. Innovation Quest gives these students an opportunity to capitalize on those ideas, to learn from their peers, and to receive guidance and inspiration from alumni with the business acumen, entrepreneurial experience, and passion required to fuel a successful startup,” says John Elliott, School of Business dean. “Our alumni dedication to iQ is remarkable,” he adds. “Without their support this program wouldn’t exist at UConn.”

Idea to Prototype to Company: The Journey

Innovation Quest is supported by alumni mentors and “entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs)” who work closely with participants in two phases of the program – the Innovation Stage and the Summer InQbator.

Alumni Mentorship and Support

“Innovation Quest is about giving students the confidence to follow their dreams and ideas…to coaching them in the process of breakthrough innovations through the hard work of creating prototypes…to then inspiring the passion and mental toughness to create a successful company,” says Keith Fox ’80 (BUS). Fox, a longtime entrepreneur, executive and philanthropist, brought Innovation Quest to UConn after seeing its success at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly). In addition to serving as a mentor, Keith provides financial support for the program and is integral to its success.

“My wife and I have been blessed and believe in giving back. We have set up our family foundation, focused on children’s health and education. Our giving is focused on children’s hospitals as well as educational opportunities to give young people an opportunity to follow their dreams,” says Fox.

Mike Parelli ’12 (BUS) adds, “It is crucial for students to have mentors, and the mentor network that Innovation Quest is building will be invaluable for everyone involved moving forward.” Parelli, a former entrepreneur-in-residence, is now an active alumni mentor for iQ. “It was a great experience as a student and I was very appreciative of the successful alumni sacrificing their valuable time, which in turn has motivated me to give back my time. I think the commitment of the first wave of mentors has set the tone and inspired future mentors to come.”

“Working with the mentors was a pleasure,” shares Eross Guadalupe ’13 (ENG), one of this year’s participants. “They genuinely wanted us to succeed and I cannot stress enough how much I appreciated them for taking time to help us learn what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur.”

Peer Guidance: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs) serve as a peer resource for the prospective startups, organize Phase One workshops, and help judge the Phase One competition. “As EIRs, we are required to have already completed the incubator program, so we understand the position that the other companies are in. We use this experience to put ourselves in their shoes and share what we learned throughout the process,” shares Tom Bachant ’13 (ENG). Bachant and Nadav Ullman ’12 (CLAS) are the founders of Sobrio, a mobile application that connects college students who need safe rides to designated drivers at their university. Last year, they participated in both phases of the inaugural Innovation Quest program at UConn. “As participants, we learned a lot about what it takes to start a company. In the inQbator, we had lawyers, accountants, and industry experts come and help us work through some of the challenges we were facing. This type of hands-on experience helped us with some essential aspects of building a startup,” says Ullman. Sobrio was named among the Connecticut Technology Council’s “2012 Tech Companies to Watch,” and is currently expanding to college campuses across the country.

Phase One – Innovation

Phase One of Innovation Quest is about ideas, prototyping, and invention. Over the course of several workshops, teams work on prototypes, receive help with and submit their competition application, and discuss marketing plans. Of thirty-one teams that entered the 2013 competition, twelve finalists were chosen and presented their proposals for a chance to participate in the coveted Phase Two inQbator training program. Eight teams out of the twelve were selected, with the top three winners receiving cash prizes of $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 to put towards the start of their business.

First place winner Mark Smith ’13 MS has developed an inexpensive, portable, and easy to use 3-D imaging solution that produces high resolution macroscopic images that can be enlarged to any size without degradation in the quality of the image. “I (like all scientists) have thousands of ideas but I lacked the business know-how and money to get started. Conversely, business-minded students needed a program to help with the idea. iQ brings all of these powerful minds together,” says Smith. “Our company, Macroscopic Solutions, was founded and was operating in under six months.”

Phase Two – “InQbation”

Workshops

Innovation Quest winners and select runners-up have the opportunity to build their business as part of an accelerated training program called the inQbator. “Being in the inQbator was like learning a year’s worth of business courses in six weeks,” shares Alicia Echevarria ’13 MS. “The sessions were long and demanding but also extremely informative and beneficial.”

The inQbator has also drawn UConn alumni who are specialists in fields ranging from entrepreneurship to patent law, who have donated their time and expertise to guide the students. “That is the beauty of iQ; we have mentors with expertise in a wide range of fields that can provide suggestions for the new companies. For example, I am an attorney and can provide legal advice and there are other members of iQ that can provide more specific information about financing, prototypes, or marketing,” says Jason Dodge ’80 (CLAS), ’83 JD. “I have participated in iQ for two years and I am amazed at the quality of business proposals that have come through the program,” he adds.

Seeking Investment

For the final inQbator workshop session, teams are given the option to present their business and funding needs live to local investors. “At this stage of Innovation Quest, we want to see these businesses and ideas starting to make their way from innovation to commercialization,” says Rich Dino, director of the UConn Innovation Quest program. This year, seven entrepreneurial student teams pitched business ideas and funding requests to investors on Friday, June 21 at the UConn School of Business. Seeking financing for startup costs including patents, licensing agreements, product development, and funding go-to-market strategies, the teams eagerly presented their product pitches, business plans, financial projections, and investment needs to a group of enthusiastic supporters.

Among the audience of investors, alumni mentors, EIRs, and program administrators was UConn Provost Mun Choi, a proponent of the program since it came to campus last year. “The iQ program enables our students to pursue creative and innovative concepts to develop breakthrough companies. We’re grateful to the alumni who provide mentorship and practical advice to our student teams that will lead to higher likelihood of market success,” says Choi.

Among the supporting data to convince investors that their companies will generate positive returns, students presented proofs of concept, market analyses, financial statements and projections, cash flow estimates, pricing structures, revenue models, timelines, distribution plans, and exit strategies. “All of the teams and their business plans were excellent. I was impressed with the depth of thought that went into the business strategies and also with their presentation skills,” says Nat Brinn, a partner at Vital Financial LLC venture capital investment group. “UConn has great talent. I say this in comparison to all of the groups and universities that we interact with across the country... The intellectual property coming out of UConn is top notch and this program also allows the university to capitalize on the IP and develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

“I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the students, their ideas, work ethic and dedication. Being an entrepreneur requires a great deal of brain power, willingness to take risk, and dedication to their idea. It is not for the ‘faint of heart,’” says Dave Pepin ’66 (BUS), ’70 MBA.

Life after iQ

“The [iQ] experience was invaluable,” says Matt Cremins, an MS candidate in the School of Engineering. Cremins’ company, Secor Water, came out of an idea he developed with fellow engineering students Yanbing Guo, Joseph Mummert, Jeffrey Peterson, and Thuy Pham, providing clean, green, customizable water delivered to customers through a network of commercial water dispensing stations. “iQ has given us the confidence to push through and develop the prototype,” he adds. The company is set to launch on the UConn campus this fall.

A Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

When asked what advice they would give to budding entrepreneurs, three common themes emerged from mentors, investors, and iQ participants:

Trust in yourself and put in the hours.

“There is no room for doubt. And there is no substitute for hard work,” says Pepin. “Trust yourself and when starting your venture surround yourself with people that see the same opportunity as you and are willing to work just as hard to achieve success,” adds Frank Milone ’92 (BUS), a founding partner in FML, a full service accounting firm located in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Network, network, network.

“…Get out of the classroom, dorm, office, and talk to as many subject matter experts and potential customers as you can (not 10 people but 100+ people), says Mike Wisniewski ’06 (BGS), ’10 MBA, an investment analyst at Connecticut Innovations.

Focus on the potential customer.

“See if people want what you’re creating,” suggests Boyajian. “Capital providers are interested in funding companies that are focused on serving a market that has well-defined unmet needs and the potential to gain customers and revenue rapidly,” adds Brinn.

“IQ requires teamwork. It takes leadership and involvement of the university staff and faculty, as well as the volunteer mentoring from talented and interested alumni, and the risk taking from angel investors…to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship…as well as a culture of giving back from successful alumni. I hope this program and process becomes engrained into the UConn culture for decades to come,” concludes Fox.

Cal Poly 2013 Innovation Quest Competition Winners Announced - Celebrating iQ's 10th Anniversary

- Posted on May 25, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of Cal Poly's 2013 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition! This year we celebrate Innovation Quest's 10th year anniversary at Cal Poly!

1st Place $15,000 Rich and Jackie Boberg award went to Monster Creative by Jacob Johannesen

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Fiber Flex by Ann Livingston-Peters

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Spongecrete by Arlin Krigel

UConn Geoscience Student Wins 1st Prize in Innovation Quest Competition

- Posted on May 25, 2013

The words ‘scientist’ and ‘entrepreneur’ may not evoke the same mental image, but in the case of Mark Smith, they are a perfect fit.

Smith, who will finish his Master of Science degree in geoscience later this summer, is the winner of this year’s Innovation Quest competition which recognizes aspiring UConn student entrepreneurs read more

UConn-Innovation Quest 2013 Winners Announced

- Posted on May 25, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of UConn's 2013 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Auran J. Fox Award went to Macropod Imaging by Mark Smith

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to PartsTech by Gregory Kirber

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to Seaweed Fertilizer by Timothy Hidu

Cal Poly iQ 10th Anniversary 2013 Competition Finalists Chosen

- Posted on May 25, 2013

Congratulations! In Cal Poly’s 10th Anniversary of Innovation Quest, the following teams are Finalists for the 2013 Innovation Quest Competition. They will compete for $30,000 in cash prize. Good Luck!

(in no particular order)

MODMYMEAL - A Meal Modification App - Caitlin Hughes

Protocases - Chris Polis

Removable Lift Gate - Justin Russo

PickMeUp - Daniel Lee

Tweetonomics - Sunjay Dhama

LunaLight - Daniel Patrick

Idle Eyes – Vehicle Idle Monitor - Dayton Pickering

StrengthPortal - Matt McGunagle

Mezmr - Dallas Brown

Veg This Way - Kaitlin Munoz

SeatWizz - Luke Bayard

Reqi: Wiki-based requirement tracking - Tayler Jones

Magnetic Chello - David Levi

Passing Through – An Urban Exploration App - Brett Irwin

VeriWash - Maxwell Kellogg

UConn iQ 2013 Competition Finalists Chosen

- Posted on May 25, 2013

Congratulations! The following teams are Finalists for the 2013 UConn Innovation Quest Competition. They will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to participate in the iQ InQbator. Good Luck!

(in no particular order)

Cinch

Spin University

Skin Barrier

SAM Structural Assessment Monitor

ARCHIMEDI

Scope World

LoveMauh

PartsTech

DuraBioTech Heart valve

Rehabilitation Knee Brace

SECOR Water LL

Adv Structural

Seaweed Fertilizer

LUDUSPRO Sports

MACROPOD

Speaking at TEDx, our own Trica Compas Markman of DayOneResponse

- Posted on March 05, 2013
See Tricia Compas Markman speak about world water issues to be solved and personal resilience. Click Here to see Tricia's TEDx talk:

Pat and Matt of GRINDS 'tame' the Sharks! NOT!

- Posted on February 16, 2013
There is no taming of the sharks in 'Shark Tank', aired February 8, 2013 on ABC. What Pat and Matt truly demonstrated was that good entrepreneurship is really about knowing your business, understanding how to generate cash from your product offering, being honest about your strengths and short comings, and, most importantly, having a clear vision and sense of where you want to take your business. Pat and Matt, did NOT tame any sharks at all! What they actually did, regardless of scale, was gain the mutual respect of the sharks as independent and successful business people competing and succeeding in an open market. The jubilant hand shake and final comments were a testament to a common vision of respect by all parties involved. CONGRATULATIONS Pat and Matt! Enjoy the 'Shark Tank' video clip of the GRINDS team: CLICK HERE

UCONN's "Husky" seeks his Innovation Quest!

- Posted on February 07, 2013
It's time to apply for the UConn Innovation Quest 2013 Competition! Watch Jonathan! Click Here: Jonathan Husky UConn_iQ video

“GRINDS goes Shark Hunting!”

- Posted on January 26, 2013
Watch your fellow iQers Matt Canepa and Pat Pezet, founders of Grinds Coffee Pouches, get in the tank and hunt for sharks on Shark Tank. The episode airs Friday, February 8th at 9pm on ABC.

The 2013 Innovation Quest Competitions at Cal Poly and UConn begins Now!

- Posted on January 25, 2013
This is all about discovering the innovative ingenuity within YOU! Take your ideas and turn them into a prototype and then into a company. Yes, YOU can do it! We've seen so many students 'just like you' do it year after year. We believe in the ingenuity of your own domain knowledge. Under the 'iQ COMPETITION' menu tab, click on 'Competition Flyer and Schedule' for all the details. Attend the iQ Workshops and meet other innovators of like mind with a desire, drive and passion to do something great with their ideas! iQ...We Believe in...YOU!

Alums Share Business Expertise with Aspiring Husky Entrepreneurs

- Posted on August 03, 2012
Perhaps there’s something special in the water at UConn’s Windham Hall. More likely, the business success of many onetime occupants of that North Campus residence hall is a pleasant coincidence – and, for many of today’s Huskies being mentored by those alumni, it’s fortuitous as well. Several graduates who once called Windham Hall their home are among business founders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other alumni volunteering their time and expertise to help winners and runners-up in UConn’s inaugural Innovation Quest contest. Those UConn students and recent graduates received cash prizes to help launch their new businesses, and the equivalent of master classes through a business accelerator program called the InQbator. The weekly training sessions this summer introduced the students to details ranging from intellectual property to niche marketing, with successful alumni returning to Storrs to share their expertise at no charge. “It was a way for me to give back to the University,” says Jason M. Dodge ’80 (CLAS), ’83 JD, an attorney with the Glastonbury firm of Pomeranz, Drayton, and Stabnick. He gave the budding entrepreneurs a crash course in patent law, trademarks, managing risks, and other logistics. “They were incredibly intelligent and motivated, and I was very impressed and proud of them,” Dodge says of the InQbator participants, who are currently honing their business plans and talking with ...full article and pictures

"2012 Innovative Companies for Middle America" 26 July 2012

- Posted on July 12, 2012
iQ Presents: “Giving Back to America” “Innovative Companies for Middle America” Award Winners of the Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University, SLO) Innovation Quest Contest

Sponsored by: Cooley LLP and Cisco Systems, Inc / WebEx

3175 Hanover Street Palo Alto, CA 94304‐1130

8:30AM – 12:30PM Thursday 26 July 2012

An RSVP is kindly requested: iq@InnovationQ.org

Obtain an agenda flyer by clicking "download" at:

Agenda Flyer

From Patenting Inventions to Persuading Investors, Student Entrepreneurs Getting Hands-on Help

- Posted on June 23, 2012
Over the past several weeks, more than a dozen UConn students and newly minted graduates have returned to campus equipped with notebooks, business plans, and entrepreneurial ambitions. As winners and selected runners-up in this year’s inaugural Innovation Quest challenge at UConn, they’re now getting the equivalent of master classes from experts to help them build their businesses. The training program, known as the inQbator, has also drawn UConn alumni who are specialists in fields ranging from entrepreneurship to patent law, who have donated their time and expertise to guide the Innovation Quest participants. It’s not a lecture series or one-sided discussions on theoretical business practices, though – quite the opposite, says...full article and pictures

Cal Poly Innovation Quest 2012 Winners Announced

- Posted on May 28, 2012
Congratulations to the winners of the Cal Poly 2012 Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 went to ThimblE by Shaun Rahimi

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to E2O by Adam Tackitt

3rd Place $5,000 Award went Genicell by Amin Mirzaaghaeian

Cal Poly iQ 2012 Contest Finalists Chosen

- Posted on May 09, 2012
Congratulations! The following teams are Finalists for the 2012 Cal Poly Innovation Quest Competition. On May 12th, they will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to participate in the iQ InQbator. Good Luck!

(in no particular order

SphereLink

E2O

FM Venue

Agua Sol

In Vitro Blood-Brain Barrier

Magnetic Cello

New NOFDM/SEFDM/OvFDM modems

Harakati

ThimblE

Hydra Launch Vehicle

Point Oh Wait!

Tell A Story

Make it Rain 3D

pHenOH

Terratech

Powometer

GRAPPPLE

Ceiling Firefighter (TM)

UConn-iQ: A Big Boost for Budding Entrepreneurs

- Posted on May 01, 2012
Jolina Li won’t need to look for a job when she graduates this year with her bachelor’s degree in finance. The 23-year-old entrepreneur and UConn senior has already created one for herself as the founder of See article

UConn-Innovation Quest 2012 Winners Announced

- Posted on April 27, 2012
Congratulation to the winners of UConn's inaugural Innovation Quest, Campus-Wide, Competition!

1st Place $15,000 Auran J. Fox Award went to YumZing by Jolina Li

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to Situational Input Biomarker Output Pipeline by James Lindsay

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to SymbolHound by David Crane

Judges' Award, $5,000 went to Turning Individuals into Philanthropists by Maximilian Lekhtman

UConn-iQ 2012 Contest Finalists Chosen

- Posted on April 11, 2012
Congratulations! The following teams are Finalists for the 2012 UConn-iQ contest. On April 21st, they will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to participate in the iQ InQbator. Good Luck!

(in no particular order)

Ikebana: Academic Aggregator

Automated IV Insertion Device

Canvass Advisory System

Sobrio

Dual Solar Hybrid System/Tess

YumZing.com

Slingrun

Rethinking Urban Neighborhoods through Cooperative Development

Turning Individuals Into Philanthropists

Affordable Voltage Regulator for Rural Farmers

LiveIT!

Situational Input Biomarker Output Pipeline

Distributed Bio-Gas Production System

Bandwave.tv

SymbolHound

The Best Risk They'll Ever Take

- Posted on March 02, 2012

Innovation Quest Spurs Cal Poly Students’ Entrepreneurial Spirits By Galen Ricard

Cal Poly has quite an IQ – and not just in how bright its students are. It also has Innovation Quest – or IQ, as it's known – which is getting students and faculty to think like entrepreneurs. “Entrepreneurialism is a natural extension of the real-world orientation for which Cal Poly is known,” said Susan Opava, dean of research and graduate programs, “and IQ has been a catalyst for the creation of an entrepreneurial culture on campus.”

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Innovation Quest Contest a Springboard for UConn Ideas

- Posted on March 01, 2012

Nation's Governors Meet in Washington: Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture

- Posted on February 26, 2012

Washington D.C., February 25, 2012 Governors from across the country gather in the nations capital this weekend for the National Governors Association 2012 annual winter meeting. One key topic of interest is on 'Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture.' Some key video clips attached. [Source: C-SPAN]

About the U.S. Governors Conference: Link text

CREATING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE: Link text

UConn-iQ Contest kick-off Information Workshop

- Posted on February 14, 2012
UConn-Innovation Quest, for You, the Student...the Future...! Video clip of the UConn kick-off information meeting February 1st 2012:

Innovation Quest 2012 Contest, West to East: OPEN! Apply Now!

- Posted on January 22, 2012
From West to East, the iQ 2012 Innovation Contest is now open for all students at Cal Poly and UConn universities. To apply now, just click the orange [Apply Now] button on the home page.

For more information or to attend the iQ Contest Workshop #1 download the flyer for your university.

Cal Poly: http://iq.innovationq.org/contest/contest_flyer?huid=1

UConn: http://iq.innovationq.org/contest/contest_flyer?huid=2

- Posted on January 22, 2012

Innovation Quest comes to UConn in 2012! For Students Nationwide from West to East!

- Posted on January 09, 2012
The University of Connecticut, kicks-off its first campus wide 'UConn - Innovation Quest Contest' starting February 1st 2012.

Cooley LLP hosts Ten iQ 2011 Incubator Companies in Silicon Valley

- Posted on July 28, 2011
Ten iQ companies presented to a panel of Silicon Valley executives and investors. The companies ranged from medical devices, social networking soapbox speaker forums, mobile phone airport navigation apps, franchising iPhone repair services, novel beverage pallet cleansers, instant electronic advertising, one button computer virus repair, energy pouches, disaster relief water purifiers and web design artists for everyone. When a few companies get immediate interest and offers to invest it gets quite exciting.

2011 iQ Incubator Companies presenting in Silicon Valley

- Posted on July 14, 2011
Award Winners of the Cal Poly Innovation Quest Contest present in Silicon Valley, 8:30AM-12:30PM, Tuesday, 26 July 2011. Please contact us at iq@InnovationQ.org for time, location and details.

2011 Innovation Quest Incubator Companies Complete Program

- Posted on July 14, 2011
AirAssist o Finding what you need in airports

InPress o Saving new Mom’s lives

SoapBox o Having a voice in your Community and the World

LookupLink o On line advertising without borders

RepairTech o Fast and easy computer repair for the everyday user

iCracked o The fastest iPhone repair network in the world

2011 Innovation Quest Contest Winners!

- Posted on May 08, 2011
1st Place $15,000 Award went to Tech USB by Ian Alexander

2nd Place $10,000 Award went to InPress Postpartum Hemorrhage Treatment Device by Alex Norred

3rd Place $5,000 Award went to iCracked Inc. by AJ Forsythe

QL+ Award, $5,000 went to Radar for the Blind by Jeffrey Leung

Application DEADLINE Approaching : FRIDAY, APRIL 1st

- Posted on March 28, 2011
The online application deadline for entering Innovation Quest 2011 is coming up quickly! Be sure you have entered your idea before the FRIDAY, APRIL 1st Deadline!

Your Own Workshop: Tuesday, March 29th

- Posted on March 28, 2011
Want to get help finishing up your application, find great new mentors and get on-the-spot feedback? Come to our workshop hosted by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cal Poly Entrepreneurs, and Innovation Quest 2011 on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 pm in the Math and Science Building 38, Room 133. If you want advice, a great place to network or just some time to work on your IQ Application (due April 1st !), plan on coming to this workshop!

Innovation Quest 2011 Contest: OPEN! Apply Now!

- Posted on March 07, 2011
CONTEST DATES: April 1 Contest deadline date to submit application; April 15 Finalist notification date; April 30 Pitch Day (Live presentations); May 4th Notification of 3 top winners; May 7th Awards Ceremony and Dinner

IQ: Third and final Workshop

- Posted on February 28, 2011
IQ 2011 Third Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 pm in the EIL, Math and Science Building 38, room 133. Find out how to be successful in Innovation Quest and ask our panel of special guests (all previous winners of IQ) anything and everything! Pizza will be provided!

Innovation Quest: Second Workshop

- Posted on February 13, 2011
IQ 2011 Second Workshop will be held Tuesday, February 15th at 6:30 pm in the ATL, Building 007. The topic of conversation will include how to protect your inventions and intellectual property, as well as how to enter and win Innovation Quest. Carson Chen and Jim Dunning will host this workshop and pizza will be provided!

2011 Innovation Quest Begins!

- Posted on January 18, 2011
Carson Chen will host the first workshop "How to Enter and Win Innovation Quest" The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 26th at 6:30 pm in the Math and Science Building 38, room 133. Come learn what it takes to win $15,000!

2010 Innovation Quest Contest Winners!

- Posted on September 04, 2010
1st Place, NetApp Award: Negative Conductance RF Power Amplifier by Cody Neslen

2nd Place Award: PolyGrasp Prosthetic Hand by Max Maloney

3rd Place Award: Gamers Portal by Miguel Gaeta

QL+ Award: Mobility Powered Wheelchair by Kimberly Todd

2010 Innovation Contest is now OPEN!!

- Posted on January 09, 2010
Enter your Project by March 1, 2010 at www.innovationq.org – It’s EASY!

Bob Biddinger, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 26, 2009
Bob Biddinger, founder of Seagate, liked what Innovation Quest was doing and dropped by to speak about entrepreneurship, its joys, as well as its trials. More importantly, he imparted his raw experience and nuggets-of-wisdom of successful entrepreneurs.

Nathaniel P. Gallon, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 26, 2009
Nate Gallon, a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati law firm, clears the foggy mist and speaks to the IQueue founding companies about legal entities, LLCs, S and C corporations, tax liabilities and stock implications. He also describes intellectual property rights and laws governing patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. Nate wound up the discussion with a round of Q&A from each company, each of which expressed deep appreciation for his succienct and clarifying answers.

Laura Pickering, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 25, 2009
Laura Pickering, Vice President of NetApp and Advisor to Innovation Quest, eloquently demonstrates how to present a business proposition by using one of the student's company as an example. A straightforward, powerful and heartfelt delivery all in one. Laura then speaks and provides a framework from which each of the company founders can prepare for their investor presentation. The voice of experience imparted excellent guidelines for each team

Rich Boberg, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 25, 2009
Rich Boberg, employee #6 of the now multi-billion dollar NetApp Corporation and co-founder of Innovation Quest, shares his experiences at a hyper-growth company. He detailed the diverse, complex and strategic role of Business Development and how it shapes the success and growth of a company. Rich's wisdom and experiences demonstrated how flexible one must remain in thinking and yet steadfast in process to assure success for all parties of a partnership.

Yvonne Hanlon, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 22, 2009
Guest Speaker at IQuest-to-IQueue Workshop Session #3 Yvonne Hanlon of YCH Consulting, a 25 year veteran of the accounting and controller world, presented the essentials of startup financial analysis. Exercises were handed out to test the theories learned. A model spreadsheet was also provided as a reference model for the attendees new businesses.

Russ Bik, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 11, 2009
Russ Bik, founding shareholder of Sun MicroSystems, shared his "rocket ship" ride experience helping to grow Sun from 30 people to $1 Billion in revenue. His amazing testimonials and raw tips for managing expectations, people and goals were invaluable for any aspiring entrepreneur, management or executive in any medium or large sized company. Russ is now incubating another interesting project. If you live in the San Luis Obispo area and are interested, contact us at iq@InnovationQ.org and we'll forward it on to Russ.

Jo Anne Miller, IQuest-to-IQueue Guest Speaker

- Posted on July 08, 2009
Jo Anne Miller, Partner, Milk Street Ventures, was the guest speaker at IQuest-to-IQueue Entrepreneur Workshop Session #1. She delivered a powerful and insightful view of what venture capitalists seek in entrepreneurs and deals to successfully get funded. She also spoke of the relevance in adapting to today's market conditions. Golden nuggets of wisdom for all the attendees.

IQuest-to-IQueue Summer Entrepreneur Workshops

- Posted on July 05, 2009
Session #1: 03 July 2009 IQueue and You, Comprehensive Business Overview

Session #2: 10 July 2009 Executive Summary and In Depth Market Analysis

Session #3: 18 July 2009 Financials, IPR and Legal

Session #4: 24 July 2009 Sales, Marketing, BizDev and Social Responsibility

Session #5: 31 July 2009 Business Plan

Session #6: 07 Aug 2009 Due Diligence Judging and Investors

Winners of the 2009 Innovation Contest

- Posted on July 05, 2009
1st Place, NetApp Award, Grinds Coffee — “Coffee in your pocket” $15,000 Award went to Patrick Pezet & Matt Canepa

2nd Place, Electric Motor — Unique design for high performance electric cars, $10,000 Award went to Robert Ramm Mechanical Engineering & team

3rd Place, Renewable Electronics Packaging — Renewable electronics shipment packing system, $5,000 Award went to Alan Tepe Mechanical Engineering with Adam Stephen

IQuest-to-IQueue Summer Entrepreneur Workshops

- Posted on July 04, 2009
Session #1: 03 July 2009 IQueue and You, Comprehensive Business Overview Session #2: 10 July 2009 Executive Summary and In Depth Market Analysis Session #3: 18 July 2009 Financials, IPR and Legal Session #4: 24 July 2009 Sales, Marketing, BizDev and Social Responsibility Session #5: 31 July 2009 Business Plan Session #6: 07 Aug 2009 Due Diligence Judging and Investors

2009 Innovation Contest Accepting Applications

- Posted on February 06, 2009
Innovation Quest is currently accepting entries for the 2009 Innovation Contest. For details go to "HOME" above, then click on "2009 Innovation Contest Details" in the left menu. To go directly to the contest entry form, at HOME click on step #3 "Get Funded", and then select "ENTER NOW".

Winners of the 2008 Innovation Contest

- Posted on February 06, 2009
1st Place, the NetApp Award, $15,000 went to ANDREW MACALUSO for "SanTasti - The Palate Cleansing Beverage." 2nd Place, $10,000 was awarded to ANDREW OUELLET for the project "Advanced Brake System for Bicycles." And 3rd Place, $5,000 went to DAVE PATIERNO for the project "How to Fix Anything."