September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

Features

From left; Idea Center Executive Director Leandro Finol; MDC students Socrate Elie and Felix Puello; Knight Foundation Program Director Matt Haggman.
MDC students Socrate Elie and Felix Puello, center, of Onetown Boards accept the winning prize for their line of technology-infused longboards from Idea Center Executive Director Leandro Finol, far left, and Knight Foundation Program Director Matt Haggman, far right.

Winning Ideas

The Idea Center is embarking on its second Startup Challenge to help cultivate and fund exciting and innovative startup ideas conceived by MDC students.

The inaugural Startup Challenge was hugely successful, with more than 80 teams competing for the top prize – $5,000 in seed money to help their budding ventures.

Socrate Elie and Felix Puello of Onetown Boards took the top prize for their line of technology-infused longboards. Built-in speedometers, GPS and cameras allow skateboarders to capture their rides on video, as well as data on their speed and distances that can be shared via social media and a network that connects all users.

The second place $3,000 prize went to Marketing Connections, a digital multimedia production company focused on small businesses, and third place, also winning $3,000, was Hi Foods, a food cart offering healthy, alternative seafood options.

— AMS


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