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Student app eases the frustration of online item exchange

Agora Exchange has attracted 250 users since it’s launch in the Apple Store on Sept. 17. The app developers hope to have a version ready for Androids soon.

Anastazia Vanisko, Director of Print

September 30, 2016

Third-year student Sean Baxley’s girlfriend was struggling to sell clothes on the Facebook page Free & For Sale, which inspired him to design an app free of the flaws he found in the Facebook page. Baxley, a biochemistry major, went to his friend Justin Wang, a third-year computer science m...

Hugs from entrepreneurs: Student’s business creates interactive teddy bears

Anastazia Vanisko, Copy Editor

April 1, 2016

Long-distance relationships are tough, so second-year student Xyla Foxlin created a teddy bear that can send a hug to her boyfriend in Austin. Parihug, a teddy bear that knows when it’s being hugged thanks to a suit of fabric-based sensors, sends the hug to another bear in a different part of the...

New space created to launch businesses out of think[box]

Christopher Gittings, Contributing Reporter

January 22, 2016

LaunchNet isn’t just launching companies this semester. It’s also launching a new collaborative space. Assorted guests, community members and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder came together on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of NEOLaunchNet on the Wyant Collaboration...

Because Laundry Isn’t Your Favorite Class

For students tired of doing laundry themselves, CWRU-backed startup CollegeHamper presents an alternative. Students can sign up online for the new laundry service.

Makela Hayford, Contributing Writer

August 28, 2015

Marc Parnell, sophomore, is launching the laundry service CollegeHamper at Case Western Reserve University on Oct.1. For $17, students can have a basket of laundry washed, folded and delivered. Following in the trails of companies such as Uber, Roadie and InstaCart, CollegeHamper utilizes a “logistics-driven...

New app created by CWRU students gives users deals on-the-go

Savrtooth was created by three CWRU undergraduates who worked with Blackstone LaunchPad and Emerging Marketing.

Gabrielle Buffington, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2015

Savrtooth is taking bargain hunting to a new level. The iOS app and online interface gives users access to exclusive flash sales in their area. Retailers have signed up for Savrtooth accounts to promote their items or services. Creators Billy Littlefield, Nate Leclerc and Fred Li all attend Cas...

CES wrap-up: Hema Imaging

Katie Wieser, Executive Editor

January 24, 2015

The founders of Hema Imaging thought that they were working on a specific product with a specific market. However, while at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January, they found out that there are a number of industries looking for an easy and independent thermal imager which could be appli...

CES wrap-up: SpiroSano

Katie Wieser, Executive Editor

January 24, 2015

Healthcare app SpiroSano came into the International Consumer Electronics Show with a plan. The startup knew that their main goal would be to get more devices oriented and hopefully make some progress in finding a partner to help create their hardware platform. What they came away with was a wealth of...

CES wrap-up: Everykey

Katie Wieser, Executive Editor

January 24, 2015

Everykey's second Las Vegas experience was a completely different one than their first trip last year. “It was a whole different ballgame coming to CES with a product instead of a concept,” said Chris Wentz, the CEO of Everykey. The team expected to be talking primarily to consumers but instead...

CWRU student launches CampusMonkey

Kevin Wang, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015

CampusMonkey, a new app launching soon for iOS and Android, is aiming to help you with your homework. The free app, founded by fifth-year mechanical engineering student Leo Li, allows students to ask for and receive help from their peers by posting tasks that others can complete for pay. Students...

Popping the market disruption bubble

Katie Wieser, Executive Editor

January 16, 2015

For something that’s meant to inspire exciting ideas and unforeseen productivity, the concept of disruptive innovation seems to have gotten a bit stodgy. For those of you who haven’t taken an entrepreneurship class in the past few years, disruptive innovation is all about making products and organizations...

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