Two companies operated by UT graduate students won local and international competitions recently. Lia Winter is a dual MS–MBA candidate studying biomedical engineering and business administration in the Tickle College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business. Winter’s company, Winter Innovations, won first place and about $16,000 in prize money last week at an international pitch competition in Manitoba, Canada, for her patent-pending surgical device, EasyWhip.
Erica Grant, from Richmond, Virginia, is a doctoral candidate studying quantum computing in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. The company she founded, Quantum Lock, won top prize in “What’s the Big Idea? 48-hour Launch” competition on March 3 in Knoxville. The company uses a quantum property found in light to increase the security of smart locks.
Read more about these two companies, as well as a company started by undergraduate Sofia Tomov, which won a competition in Maryville.