April 14, 2017
The second-place graduate team members – Mark Oblander and Parker Randell – won $10,000 for their concept, ObturaTech, which is developing a device that will help ensure a quality exam and if needed, quality treatment, for every patient undergoing a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy procedure. The team will go on to compete in the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Award Competition in Las Vegas May 30 and 31 against teams that placed in the top two in their respective cup competitions in Arkansas and Nevada.
The third-place undergraduate team members – Ryan Capps and Carely Flack – won $5,000 for their concept, BLOOM, which is language-learning application that empowers communities and descendants to learn or relearn their indigenous language.
In addition to the main presentation awards, three OU Price College undergraduate student teams won three out of the five interview awards for a total of $3,000. 60Days Studios won the Student Generated Technology Design award from i2E; Reactiv won the Material Sciences and Transportation award from the Oklahoma Business Roundtable Manufacturing; and 3DMe won the OCAST Information Technology/Communications award.
“The recent honors achieved at the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup showcase the talent, vision and training our students possess to be the entrepreneurial leaders Oklahoma needs to ensure its enduring global competitiveness,” said Daniel Pullin, dean and Fred E. Brown Chair of Price College. “In these tough economic times, the technology-based businesses ideas emerging from Oklahoma’s colleges and universities capture the increasingly important role higher education plays in growing and diversifying the state’s economy.”
This year’s Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup marks the 13th consecutive year one or more OU Price College teams have placed either first or in the top three of this state-wide competition. This year’s success also comes on the heels of two other case competition wins.
On April 1, MBA students from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma took home first-place in the eleventh-annual Big XII Case Competition, a national case competition hosted at Baylor University. Amir Fard Bahreini, Amanda Curtis, Clark Fisher and Andrea Garcia competed against eight other teams of MBA students, and won $5,000 for their first-place finish.
And on April 13, four undergraduate business students – Fei Ai, Frank Merkt, Daniel Schwarz and Yichi Xie – earned second-place at the Student Case Study Competition sponsored by the APICS Oklahoma City Chapter that was held at the University of Central Oklahoma.