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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
Duke University 55 MBright
Digital display technology for projectors
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 118 Smartcells
Once-a-day insulin shot for diabetics
University of Michigan 25 Mobius Microsystems
Integrates timing device onto a computer chip
University of Pennsylvania 151 Paws Pet Health Insurance
Health insurance for pets
University of Texas at Austin 30 Kidsmart
Talking fire alarm designed for children

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