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Boyd Venture Challenge Awards $25,000 to UT Student Startups

Boyd Venture Challenge Winners

Spring 2019 Boyd Venture Challenge startup award winners. From left to right: Erica Grant, Ryan Cunningham, Lia Winter, Preston Dishner, and Meg Hutchinson.

The Boyd Venture Challenge is held each year by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business. One of the winners of this year’s competition was Winter Innovations, a product development company founded by Lia Winter, a dual MS-MBA candidate studying biomedical engineering and business administration.

The group’s product, EasyWhip, is a two-part detachable needle designed for use in orthopedic reconstruction surgeries. They have used past funding from the Boyd Venture Challenge to file for EasyWhip’s patent and to hire a mechanical engineering group to optimize the design of the product.

“The next key milestone for EasyWhip is filing for regulatory clearance with the FDA,” said Winter. “This summer we will prepare documentation and conduct necessary testing, which the Boyd Venture Challenge funding will help us accomplish.”

Read more about this year’s Boyd Venture Challenge winners.

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