Volume 44 | Number 1 | Spring 2014

BIG Business Comes to Idaho State

Spring 2014 Issue

A simple invention for homeowners to prevent their washer hoses from bursting, and a gizmo for winding up cords, straps and other items were both winners of the second annual 2014 BIG (Business, Innovation and Growth) Competition held this spring at Idaho State University.

In the collegiate track, Brent Singley of Inkom won the $2,000 first prize for his StopFlood Systems invention that takes pressure off washer hoses by regulating flow to hoses outside the washer. The winner in the community track was Craig Jorgensen of Pocatello for his MultiWinder invention that helps people wind up straps, cords, ropes, cables and more.

The BIG Competition, designed to educate eastern Idaho entrepreneurs, inventors and students about early-stage financing, was sponsored by Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, Grow Idaho Falls, Bannock Development Corporation, the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council and Riverbend Communications.

The contest featured more than $5,000 in prizes for winners in two tracks, collegiate and community.

Second place in the collegiate track, with a prize of $500, went to Tsunami, a team of ISU students who promoted its idea for creating and marketing wireless ear-buds with built-in mp3 storage. Students involved in this project were Jacob Hall, Hye Joon Lee, Kolton Woodbury and Michael Hahn.