Motorized Prosthetic pitch wins Blazer Innovation Challenge

Earlier today, the Final Five of the Blazer Innovation Challenge got the chance to present their ideas to a handful of well-respected judges. They shared a new generational perspective of innovative ideas to their peers, UAB mentors, and other attendees.

Blazer Innovation Challenge Final Five
Blazer Innovation Challenge Final Five

From 26 entrants to just 5, the above photoed students were granted the opportunity to move forward in the competition and move one step closer to making their dreams a reality. The Final Five included quite a few diverse ideas and students to match.

Some of the rock-star crowd.

Some of the rock-star attendees included Chineye Asuru, David Former, Matt Chapman and Joe Henson representing their companies Fleetio, Theranest and WAVS.


Matthew Arnwine, a mechanical engineering major, presented an app called “WHENWEARWHAT,” that would give men a new source for finding their personal fashion and style. Rebecca Klang, a business management major, presented a valuable app that would update users on the expiration dates of their perishable items based on their grocery purchases.

Birmingham start-ups, entrepreneur,
Businesses guys enjoying the event.

Jeremy Mock, an economics and international studies major, came up with a two-sided web and app-based that would allow patients to have access to connect with providers on their networks. Darrius Robinson, an information systems major, wanted to bring together people and their passions through creating various interactive events. Last but not least, Forrest Satterfield, a biomedical engineering major with an entrepreneurship minor, wants to combine the traditional production of motors with the addition of 3D printed prosthetic.

Some Participants of the Blazer Innovation Challenge
Some Participants of the Blazer Innovation Challenge

Matthew Arnwine, a mechanical engineering major, presented an app called “WHENWEARWHAT,” that would give men a new source for finding their personal fashion and style. Rebecca Klang, a business management major, presented a valuable app that would update users on the expiration dates of their perishable items based on their grocery purchases. Jeremy Mock, an economics and international studies major, came up with a two-sided web and app-based that would allow patients to have access to connect with providers on their networks. Darrius Robinson, an information systems major, wanted to bring together people and their passions through creating various interactive events. Last but not least, Forrest Satterfield, a biomedical engineering major with an entrepreneurship minor, wants to combine the traditional production of motors with the addition of 3D printed prosthetic.


The last contestant Forrest Satterfield took home the grand prize of $5,000 to help launch  his revolutionary idea. Second Place was awarded to Jeremy Mock and Third was awarded to Rebecca Klang.

 

UAB Blazer Innovation Challenge
Business Owners and Students alike attended this first-year event

The panel of judges included a wide array of innovators themselves. It included Tricia Kirk of The Exceptional Foundation, Alan Dean of Targeted Technology Funds, Frank Davis of The Horizon Group, and Larry Greer, DMD, of Greer Capital.


Watch the entire awards ceremony here, led by Dr. Eric Jack, Dean of UAB’s Collat School of Business.


Author: Vicky Lewis

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