BIZ BUZZ: Stetson student wins $10,000 Cairns Foundation Innovation Challenge

Also in Biz Buzz: The Trails, Flapjack Johnny's, Adventist Health, Halifax Health

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Thomas Oltorik took home $10,000 as the winner of the Cairns Foundation Innovation Challenge on April 19 at the Advanced Technology College in Daytona Beach. The event was hosted by the Volusia County Business Incubator, powered by the UCF Business Incubation Program.

The Stetson University student pitched the Quick Clip, which protects and secures valuables while driving. Made from elasticized fabric network and placed around the passenger seat, the product allows the driver to prevent purses, tablets and notebooks from moving while the vehicle is in motion.

Second place and a check for $5,000 from the Paul B. Hunter and Constance D. Hunter Charitable Foundation went to fellow Hatter Jilissa Zoltko. Her Smart Sleeve serves as a fishing rod guide (eyelet) replacement, allowing anglers a simple on-the-water repair. In addition to the money, Oltorik received one year’s enrollment in the Volusia County Business Incubator at Daytona Beach International Airport. Zoltko was awarded a year enrollment in the business pre-incubation program.

“This is an example of how a successful inventor/entrepreneur can contribute to the development of our local innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Connie Bernal, associate director and site manager of the Volusia County Business Incubator.

In its fifth year, the challenge spotlights technologies created by students at six area colleges and universities. Finalists pitched ideas to a group of businesspeople and entrepreneurs. The prize money and incubator programs allow the winning student teams to advance and protect their technologies while preparing to launch new companies. The Innovation Challenge also offers students a chance to partner with local investors.


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Dr. William F. Kendall Jr.
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Dr. Meetesh Desai celebrates with colleagues.
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