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University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Awards $112,000 to Promising Student Startups in 30th Annual Business Plan Competition and Dare to Dream Grant Program
Date:2/25/2013

ted their businesses in an interactive session with professional investors and competed for prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.

The Pryor-Hale Award for Best Business for $20,000 went to Focus, a combination device and application for physical therapy and training. "The Michigan Business Challenge has been a comprehensive, varied, and challenging endeavor," said Grant Hughes , MBA '13. "When my business partner, Cavan Canavan , MBA '12, and I started this process we had never pitched Focus to anyone in a formal setting, much less investors. Now that MBC is behind us and we've won, we not only get $20,000 to continue product and business development, but we also take with us the experience and confidence of having won a prestigious competition such as this as we build our concept into a viable company."

Other top winners included:

  • Exo Dynamics - An ergonomic support device that enables healthcare practitioners who experience back problems to perform at their best in the operating room.
    • $10,000 Pryor-Hale Runner up
    • $5,000 Williamson Award for Outstanding Business & Engineering Team
  • Go Tickets - A digital ticketing solution for college and university athletic programs.
    • $2,500 Best Undergraduate Team
    • $2,000 Outstanding Presentation
  • PhasiQ, Inc. - Offering high throughput bioanalysis assays, producing data otherwise not obtainable to life scientists in pharmaceutical industries.
    • $2,000 Outstanding Presentation
  • Password Patterns - Offers a pattern of colored boxes in a matrix that allows one to memorize a design or color pattern other than numbers for a
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SOURCE Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
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