Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Certificate Students Succeed in Several Competitive Opportunities

January 21, 2014

Several Certificate Program students take advantage of opportunities on and around campus as well as nation-wide. Here are a few.


The Wake Forest Innovation Challenge

A novel way for retailers to more efficiently interface with distributors


was the brainchild of two Certificate Program students who won second place at Wake Forest's Retail Innovation Challenge. DSDNet, created by Chris MacPherson (Management) and Andrew Linfoot (Industrial Engineering), is a cloud-based ecommerce system that networks together distributors to give retailers one ordering portal.

The system allows retailers to order from all of their distributors at once, which simplifies the ordering process and increases supply chain efficiency. MacPherson and Linfoot, who met in the Entrepreneurship Learning Community when they were freshman, also founded Kyk Energy, an energy supplement company. 


Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend

Certificate Program students Paul Gemperlein, an Industrial


Engineering undergraduate, and Xiangye Xiao, a doctoral student in Plant Genetics and Breeding, were members of a team that was awarded first prize in Startup Weekend. ValetGo, which allows users to avoid big city parking hassles by making valet parking reservations, earned top honors at the event held in November. The team's concept came from a problem one of the members experienced while trying to park in Chicago. Startup Weekend is based in Seattle and is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. It has held over 325 events around the globe. Thirty-six teams participated in the event at Purdue Research Park.


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