Chemical engineering senior Taylor Hunter indulged his startup spirit to great success this year as part of the UA's yearlong New Venture Development Program. Hunter's team, Exakt Technology, worked on a low-cost, wearable EKG monitor to help diagnose heart arrhythmias with improved patient comfort and more accurate and accessible data.
The team was amply rewarded for their efforts. At the McGuire Innovation Expo on Feb. 14, they received the Booth Appeal Award, worth $500. On April 18, Exakt Technology won first place in the Bear Down & Pitch competition, taking home the $5,000 grand prize. They closed out the semester with the New Venture Competition on April 25, where they received the Startup Stay in Tucson Award.
The Exakt Technology team included Hunter; management information system and entrepreneurship double major Kelly Jiang; optical sciences and engineering major Scott Kottmer; and finance and entrepreneurship double major Mitcheel Torres Marrujo.