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UT Student Entrepreneurs Win Recent Pitch Competitions

Three companies operated by students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, won recent pitch competitions across the country.

UT graduate student Lia Winter won first place and about $16,000 in prize money last week at an international pitch competition in Manitoba, Canada, for her patent-pending surgical device, EasyWhip.

Quantum Lock, founded by UT graduate student Erica Grant, won top prize in “What’s the Big Idea? 48-hour Launch” hosted by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center competition on March 3.

Qardian Labs, founded by Sofia Tomov, won first place and $1,500 in the inaugural Scots Innovation Challenge hosted February 28 by Maryville College.

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