Lassonde Institute sends U startups to CES.

U of Utah, Lassonde Institute Send Startups to CES 2015

The University of Utah and its Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute are making a great showing at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show starting today in Las Vegas. The international tradeshow attracts several thousand exhibitors showcasing their new products to tens of thousands of spectators and media.

Eight diverse startups with ties to the university will demonstrate their products at CES. Their technologies range from “smart insoles” and bomb detection to camping and child safety.

Seven of the eight companies have participated in programs provided by the Lassonde Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business.

Here’s a closer look at the companies with ties to the University of Utah:

  • Power Practical (booth 75611) – A University of Utah student startup selling charging devices for personal electronics devices. Among their products is a thermoelectric camp stove for charging devices on the go. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including mentoring and prize money from the Utah Entrepreneur Series.
  • Navillum (booth 75388) – A University of Utah faculty and student startup developing new methods for producing quantum nanocrystals (or “quantum dots”), which can be used in TV and computer displays and lighting. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including help winning more than $100,000 in prize money for early-stage development.
  • Solan (booth 75285) – A University of Utah faculty startup formed to commercialize grapheme-based devices for a multitude of applications.
  • Vaporsens (booth 75391) – A University of Utah faculty startup developing new methods for detecting bombs and drugs. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including mentoring and student business analysis in the Lassonde New Venture Development Center.
  • Xandem (booth 72038) – A University of Utah faculty and student startup selling radio-based surveillance technology that can detect people and objects through walls. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including mentoring and student business analysis in the Lassonde New Venture Development Center.
  • Veristride (booth 75388) – A University of Utah faculty startup developing “smart insoles” for shoes for monitoring walking patterns for therapeutic applications. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including mentoring and student business analysis in the Lassonde New Venture Development Center.
  • Kiband (booth 75311) – A Brigham Young University student startup developing a bracelet and software for keeping children safe. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including prize money from the Utah Entrepreneur Series.
  • Owlet Baby Care (booth 75083) – A Brigham Young University student startup with a device for monitoring infant health without troublesome cords. The company received assistance from the Lassonde Institute, including a $40,000 grand prize from the Utah Entrepreneur Series.

Learn more about CES at www.cesweb.org.

 

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