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School of Business Student Venture Featured Among Inc. Magazine’s “Coolest College Start Ups”

March 16, 2012
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School of Business freshman and CEO of EarTop Technologies LLC, Ketan Rahangdale, is catching the attention of entrepreneurial organizations across the country. Inc.com recently featured his venture, which provides a cordless alternative to wired devices, on its 2012 List of Coolest College Start Ups and its 2012 List of Hot Dorm Room Inventions. He beat out 200 other nominations for one of the coveted spots on the lists. The company’s focus is to help simplify people’s lives and promote environmentally friendly practices, according to the entrepreneurship major, who transferred to UM from Babson College.

"To see that EarTop has been recognized at the scale it has been brings me happiness beyond words,” said Rahangdale, who wants to share his passion with others.

Rahangdale was also recently honored by the Kairos Society for being one of the top 50 student entrepreneurs in the country. The organization recognizes university students for business ideas that promote innovation, clean energy and technology - concepts closely aligned with those Rahangdale’s company, which was initiated in 2011 through the University of Miami’s Launch Pad.

“With the jump in the number of entrepreneurial programs and organizations at the university level, schools have become breeding grounds for entrepreneurial pursuits,” said executive director of The Launch Pad at Toppel and lecturer of marketing and management at the School, Susan Amat.

Rahangdale hopes his company will launch 200,000 wireless headset units by the end of this year. The would feature state-of-the-art technology, such as Bluetooth 4.0, which boasts low energy levels and acoustic echo cancellation for the best in premium-quality sound.

“The idea is to help people who are leading lives on the go with products that consume less energy,” he said. “Our plan for the future is to scale EarTop as quickly as we can so we can start impacting the lives of others.”

Rahangdale is among three School of Business student entrepreneurs nominated for Technology Leader of the Year Awards by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Those awards will be presented April 27.

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