Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Global Victory for our Certificate Program Students

August 10, 2011

Global Victory for our Certificate Program Students

A student-led team from Purdue University comprised of Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation students developing an easy-to-use flower sheet for creating a backyard garden claimed the top prize at the PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge 2011 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University .

RollOut Green, led by Alvin Ang, David Barron, Ankit Gupta and Manaz Taleyarkhan, captured the event 's University Division, which included six teams that had advanced to the finals. More than 190 secondary school and university teams globally entered the contest, and 30 teams from each division reached the semifinals.

"We competed against teams from 27 countries and our education at Purdue, and specifically Purdue's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship , really shined," said Gupta, a Krannert School of Management student from Carmel, Ind. "Purdue provided us with technical and business guidance as well as an environment that fostered creativity and pushed us to do our best."

In February, Rollout Green claimed the $5,000 third prize in the undergraduate division at the 24th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition, a $100,000 event in Discovery Park.

Gupta also claimed the $1,000 top prize in the undergraduate category at our program’s fifth annual Purdue University Elevator Pitch Competition in April for his pitch about Dentural, which is developing an environmentally friendly, biodegradable soy-based denture adhesive.

The same Dentural team of Ang, Barron, Gupta and Taleyarkhan took first place in March at the 2011 Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition sponsored by Indiana Soybean Alliance.

With the momentum from these wins, particularly the global competition in Hong Kong, Gupta said, RollOut Green is working with Purdue officials to patent and license one of its technologies.

"This was our team's fourth win, including three at Purdue-specific competitions, all in the last four months," Gupta said. "Through these, we've been able to take our ideas further. We received critical feedback and attention from venture capitalists who reached out to us as well as companies interested in licensing our technology. Because of this, we're receiving positive feedback from Purdue toward patenting and commercializing our developments with an interested buyer."

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