RUSTON, La. (PRESS RELEASE) – A total of $12,500 in cash and prizes were awarded recently to the most innovative, student-developed product and service ideas at the 2017 TOP DOG New Venture Championship at Louisiana Tech University.
Awards were presented to the top three finishers in the competition with the “Lunch Pad” team of Jon Emas (supply chain), Nathaniel Foster (economics) and Zachary Fussell (accounting) winning first place and a $3,000 prize with a sharing economy style business aimed at connecting hungry people to home cooks. The Louisiana Tech Innovation Enterprise Fund added a $1,000 prize to Lunch Pad’s first place award.
Second place and a $1,500 cash prize were awarded to the “Mallard Hazard” team and Sonny Adams (mechanical engineering), Ethan Dolan (mechanical engineering), David Rowen (mechanical engineering) and Cameron Robertson (entrepreneurship). Mallard Hazard is a duck decoy accessory product that lures ducks and helps hunters take home their limit on the bird.
The “LifeResin” team of Danielle Eschete (mechanical engineering), David Plaisance (mechanical engineering), Andrew LeBlanc (mechanical engineering), Luke Villermin (mechanical engineering) and Ethan Sullivan (nanosystems engineering) earned third place honors for their developing 3-D printable resin for patients suffering from chronic bodily wounds. In addition to the third place prize, Life Resin earned the $2,000 Jones Walker Entrepreneurial Spirit Award which recognizes the team with the most entrepreneurial spirit.
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