Students pitch ideas at E-Day competition

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Three Colorado Mesa University students have come up with an idea they believe will save time, money and lives in a hand sanitizing system for hospitals and other health care facilities.

Kordale Bator presented the winning pitch for the idea in the finals of an elevator pitch competition conducted as part of Entrepreneurship Day at CMU. The team also includes Michael Brennan and Emily Drake.

The misting system sanitizes hands and upper arms in only four seconds — a short time compared to other systems that should prove a key factor in encouraging its use, Bator said.

The sanitizing system also will help, he said, in reducing the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, which by one estimate for the United States totals 1.7 million a year and contributes to nearly $20 billion in health care costs and 100,000 deaths. That’s not to mention $22 million worth of lawsuits related to infections, he added.

Courtney Bell and Tanner Mast placed second in the competition with their pitch for a system to track arrows fired while archery hunting, making it easier to find wounded animals.

Austin Gonsalves took third in pitching a new line of motocross apparel combining performance and protection layers.

Peter Greco and Josh Levy finished fourth for their pitch for a new tool to treat shin splints.

The four teams that competed in the finals during the Entrepreneurship Day luncheon were selected from among teams making 30 business pitches in a preliminary competition.