Wichita State teams take home award money in K-State entrepreneurship competition

Wichita State University was well represented at the fourth annual Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge held at Kansas State University on Monday, with three Wichita State teams receiving a portion of the $75,000 in awards money.

The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge, open to high school and collegiate teams across the state, allows three entries per college, and all three Wichita State teams brought home award money.

Wichita State freshmen Jared Goering and Spencer Steinert were awarded $12,000 for their second-place pitch for Vytal, a next-generation adhesive wearable that uses biometric information to empower athletes.

Teams that were not chosen to advance to the finals but still showed potential were entered into the Second Chance round, where judges could award an additional $5,000 in prizes for each division. The Wichita State University team of Ernesto Cisneros, Jocelyn Galacia and Jose Cisneros,  received $1,500 for their start-up, Mobile Car Tune. The team of Caylin Wiley, Fanny Ochoa, Gisela Guzman and Maria Valbuena was awarded $1,000 for their pitch for Magica, a hip retractor system that seeks to increase efficiency during hip replacement surgery.

The Wichita State teams will also be competing in the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual Shocker New Venture Competition to be held this Friday, April 21 in Charles Koch Arena. This event is open to the public from 2-6 p.m.

In addition to startup funding, the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge gives students experience in the process of making and pitching a business proposal. The competition is organized by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship and this year was sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation. To see the full list of awardees visit k-state.edu.

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Contact: Nancy Kersenbrock, assistant director, WSU Center for Entrepreneurship, 316-978-3000 or nancy.kersenbrock@wichita.edu