Spotlight on e-Fest Ventures
Since 2017, e-Fest has given undergraduate innovators the chance to win money to nurture their business ideas; network with other students, professors and entrepreneurs; learn from their peers; and showcase their business on a national stage. Undergraduates who pitched their ideas at past e-Fests have continued to innovate. Below is a look at past participants, their journeys since e-Fest, their perspectives on the challenges they’ve faced, and their advice for students hoping to start their own ventures.
Four University of Minnesota students founded the health-tech solutions company Telo to develop innovative devices for mobility-compromised people.
The Speed Torque, developed by the third-place 2019 e-Fest winner, is helping surgeons increase speed and efficiency at critical moments.
Past e-Fest Winners Continue Innovating
The undergraduates who pitched their ideas at past e-Fest competitions, and who came away with cash prizes, have continued innovating since then. During the summer of 2020 we caught up…
Yellow Card, 2017
A Bitcoin exchange platform, founded by Auburn University students, is making financial management possible in Africa.
Vetiver Solutions, 2018
This social impact award winner from e-Fest 2018 is promoting economic and environmental sustainability to help impoverished Haitian communities.
Go Goldens, 2018
Our 2018 e-Fest winner’s transportation-based idea has evolved from school bus routing, to ride hailing at senior communities, and now to helping seniors stay healthy and safe.
LivingWaters System, 2019
The team at LivingWaters Systems, which won the Social Impact Award at e-Fest2019, believes that clean water is a fundamental human right, but that not every corner of the world shares this right equally.
Orindi Cold Endurance Mask, 2018
This e-Fest winner wants cold storage workers, asthmatics and others to be as comfortable in the extreme cold as they are inside.