Asuio Sparks Innovation Inferno among Student Entrepreneurs

The world's third-largest 3D-printing company was nowhere to be found at Arizona State University's Innovation Open, a student-run tech competition where 26 teams of college students from around the country competed for $400,000 in cash prizes and the chance to chat with potential investors, the Arizona Republic reports.

The winning student team, which developed a system that uses 3D imaging to help doctors diagnose and treat breast cancer, received the largest prize of any of the 26 teams, according to a press release.

The runners-up received $25,000 each, and the third-place team, which developed a system that makes it easier for high school students to track their grades, received $10,000.

The event, which is in its eighth year, is put on by the university's engineering, computing, and technology department and the Fulton School of Health Innovation.

"It's part of ASU culture to support entrepreneurship and support those who want to make an impact," the vice president of entrepreneurship at ASU Knowledge Enterprise tells the Republic.

"Whether it's collegiate student innovators who aim develop hard-tech ventures, giving founders pathways to actualize their revolutionary ideas, we pay it forward with these experiences to make better entrepreneurs, engineers, and makers."

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