A device that will help provide a more sanitary restroom experience for females took first place April 7 in the second annual Innovation Pitch competition, a partnership between Florida Blue and the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship.
The program was created to encourage early-stage health care innovation and entrepreneurship in the state of Florida. The April 7 event focused on innovative ideas that could potentially make huge impacts in the Florida health care industry.
The grand-prize winners were University of Central Florida students Taylor Cheely and Nicole Enterlein of Entourage Red, LLC. Their innovative tool is aimed at making women’s public restrooms less scary when it comes to sanitation.
The panel of judges came from various private industries and academia that awarded monetary prizes to three of the eight universities participating. The schools will use this seed money to further develop their health care-focused ideas.
Florida Blue’s collaboration with USF in supporting efforts to harness the power of digital health aligns with our mission of helping people and communities achieve better health.
“Florida Blue was honored to partner with the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship on this innovative program,” said David Pizzo, West Region Local Market president. “Florida Blue and USF joined together to encourage early-stage health care innovation and entrepreneurship between the colleges and the business community, and this program has enabled students to develop the critical skills necessary to envision creative solutions and transform those ideas into successful endeavors.”
“Presenting in front of reputable professionals from the most respected organization in the medical industry was a huge milestone for us,” the grand-prize winners said, “and winning the competition puts us one step closer to placement in medical facilities.”
“We are very excited about second place in the Florida Blue Healthcare Innovation Competition,” said Kaustubh Kale, Founder and CEO of AventuSoft. “It is a prestigious competition and an unbelievable opportunity to meet many extraordinary innovators, investors and potential partners.”
Simon Antonio Bello stated “This competition has given me the opportunity, for the second year in a row, to present my work and obtain feedback from important people in the industry and the field in general. I plan to keep doing research in the field of biomedical engineering, especially in dealing with ocular diseases. I must also thank and acknowledge the other members of the Ocular Neuroscience and Neuro engineering Laboratory at USF, especially Dr.Christopher Passaglia who has been my mentor in my development as a researcher.
As a spectator of this great event, I was thoroughly impressed by all teams that presented and am definitely looking forward to the future of digital health!