NC State senior Joseph Moster thinks his low-cost aerial drone could help shape the future of aerospace technology. Grad student Andrew Misenheimer wants to make motorcycles both safer and more powerful.
These aren’t idle dreams. The business world is always on the hunt for the next big thing. And NC State students are always full of bright ideas.
The university’s Entrepreneurship Initiative brought the two sides together last week at its annual eGames competition, giving students like Moster and Misenheimer a chance to pitch their innovative products to business leaders and venture capitalists.
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“The future of this state, and the nation, will be driven by individuals who create jobs,” says Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, dean of the College of Engineering. “The Entrepreneurship Initiative is about helping our students become leaders and innovators.”
Only in its third year, eGames has already served as a springboard to success for some NC State students. Sound Around, a team from the last year’s competition, developed a website that allows musicians to design customized iPhone applications that give fans access to video, audio, concert dates and social-media feeds. Within months the start-up was purchased by New York-based ReverbNation for an undisclosed sum.
“The eGames is a celebration of student innovation,” says Dr. Tom Miller, executive director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative. “We’re helping our students provide the seeds for new ideas, new companies and new products to make the world a better place.”
The eGames are sponsored by the Huang Family Foundation.