Participants in the Big Idea tournament were nominated by their home campus based on student participation in the tournament on their campus. Richardson won the UW-Parkside Big Ideas tournament and worked with Parkside’s App Factory and the computer software engineering class on a first prototype of LinguaMD.
The first place comes with a prize of $ 2,500 and the potential for additional support to develop the idea.
WiSys President Arjun Sanga called LinguaMD “a fantastic idea”.
“I salute Gabrielle’s entrepreneurial spirit. She saw a difficult problem and worked to find a solution with great business potential, ”Sanga said. “I can’t wait to see how far Gabrielle can push this innovative idea.”
Prior to the event, participating teams benefited from mentorship from business leaders including Darin Driessen of Georgia-Pacific, Aaron Kennedy of Titletown Tech, Monique Quarterman of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, Colleen Merrill of the Small Business Development Center and Kelly Berry of Resourceability.
WiSys is a non-profit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in all the state.