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School of Business Students Sweep Finalist Category in Annual Technology Leader of the Year Awards

March 29, 2012
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Students from the School of Business have swept the three finalist nominations in the “Technology Student Entrepreneur” category in this year’s Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Annual Technology Leader of the Year Awards. Freshman Ketan Rahangdale, CEO of EarTop Technologies, Junior Tyler McIntyre, CEO of Lucid Technologies, and MBA student Mark Slaughter, CEO of Cohealo, all of whom work with The Launch Pad at UM, are the three finalists. The Launch Pad itself is a finalist in the “Technology Organization” category for work done advancing entrepreneurism in the community.

The annual awards honor individuals, teams, organizations and companies that are leaders in the South Florida technology community – guiding the effective use of technology to improve business performance or to develop new markets, products or communities.

Rahangdale’s EarTop Technologies focuses on simplifying the lives of people by providing a wireless alternative to any of their currently wired devices. EarTop uses state-of-the-art technologies, such as Bluetooth 4.0, light-beam forming, and acoustic echo cancellation to produce high quality, unique, wireless, audio-tech products. The company was featured this month on Inc. magazine’s 2012 List of Coolest College Start Ups.

McIntyre’s Lucid Technologies specializes in software development for the exponentially growing mobile application market. The company has launched several applications including LuciD messenger, which allows for cross-platform communication between Blackberry Messenger and iPhone and Android phones. Last year, McIntyre was among student entrepreneurs recognized in the South Florida chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Slaughter’s Cohealo builds collaborative infrastructure that enables hospital systems to function as one organization versus stand-alone facilities. By leveraging inter-connectivity and collaboration of data, assets, and intelligence, Cohealo enables hospitals to deliver high quality care at a lower cost. Slaughter and another co-founder of the company this month won the national “Startup Madness” competition for startup companies.

The Chamber’s Technology Leader of the Year Awards will be presented to the winners of each category Friday April 27, 2012. Registration for the awards ceremony is available through the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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