The List: From Classroom to Boardroom

Kevin Joy
Business Week
June 30 2003


College business-plan contests are in full swing. Winners get cash and exposure to industry pros. In recent years, student ideas such as contact lens supplier 1-800-CONTACTS, the 1996 champ at Brigham Young University, have become successful ventures. Some of this year`s winners:

Institution Number of Teams Winning Team Cash Grand Prize
Brigham Young University 39 Property Solutions
Web software for property management
$25,000
Duke University 55 MBright
Digital display technology for projectors
$50,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 118 Smartcells
Once-a-day insulin shot for diabetics
$30,000
University of Michigan 25 Mobius Microsystems
Integrates timing device onto a computer chip
$10,000
University of Pennsylvania 151 Paws Pet Health Insurance
Health insurance for pets
$20,000
University of Texas at Austin 30 Kidsmart
Talking fire alarm designed for children
$100,000

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