CNS students first-round winners in Innovation Challenge
Two CNS students—Peter Tao (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) and Austin Rohlfing (Mathematics & Statistics)—were winners in the Minute Pitch, the first round of the Innovation Challenge competition hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management.
Tao was part of a team that pitched Easy Lock, facial-recognition software that would replace the use of keys for cars, homes, or offices; the idea took both first-place honors and the audience choice award. Rohlfing is a member of the team behind TernAway, an online travel bank that matches customers a percentage of their savings towards travel. TernAway won third place in the Minute Pitch
The next stage of the Innovation Challenge is the Seed Pitch, on Nov. 29, where $15,000 in prizes will be awarded.