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 with several of these teams and their companies. We’ve learned that e-Fest gave them not only capital to nurture their businesses, but also connections, confidence and valuable experience.
In these articles they share their journeys since e-Fest, their perspectives on the challenges they’ve faced and the people who have helped them the most, and advice for students hoping to start their own ventures.
Student Entrepreneurs Tackle Clean Water Challenge
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.
How Yellow Card Crypto Exchange Serves the Underserved
A Bitcoin exchange platform, founded by Auburn University students, is making financial management possible in Africa.
Vetiver Solutions Brings Practical Solutions to Sustainability in Haiti
This social impact award winner from e-Fest 2018 is promoting economic and environmental sustainability to help impoverished Haitian communities.
Go Goldens Drives Home the Importance of Pivoting
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.
Breathing Easier with the Orindi Cold Endurance Mask
This e-Fest winner wants cold storage workers, asthmatics and others to be as comfortable in the extreme cold as they are inside.
Helping Diabetics be Comfortable in Their Own Shoes
Our 2019 Global Impact Winner, Dr. Brinsley, is attracting new fans among diabetics who want fashionable shoes, and expanding into more sales outlets and parts of the world.
Vascugenix Assists Cardiovascular Surgeons in the Operating Room
The Speed Torque, developed by the third-place 2019 e-Fest winner, is helping surgeons increase speed and efficiency at critical moments.