Mesh++ wins Paul Magelli Innovation Prize at Cozad
Daniel Dexter, ECE ILLINOIS
4/27/2017 1:02:15 PM
The Magelli Prize is given to a Cozad finalist that demonstrates potential to grow and create significant value as an entrepreneurial venture. The $10,000 award was presented to the team at the Entrepreneurship Forum on April 26.
Gardner’s startup, Mesh++, looks to use low-cost Wi-Fi transceivers to bring affordable wireless communication to developing countries. He was awarded the top prize at the ECE Senior Design competition and earned a spot in the iVenture Accelerator.
In addition to the Magelli award, Gardner and Ph.D. candidate Olaolu Ajala were named among four finalists for the Illinois Innovation Prize.
The Illinois Innovation Prize, which is presented each year by the College of Engineering and the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC), honors students who have demonstrated a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of world-changing technology.
Gardner and Ajala were awarded $2,500 each for the Illinois Innovation Prize. MBA candidate Lucas Frye won the award and was presented with $12,500.