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Florida-Based e-Fest Team in the Spotlight

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With E-Fest 2022 less than a week away, excitement is building as the 25 finalist teams, all undergraduate innovators, gear up for a chance to win part of the $215,000 prize purse.

This will be the first time since before the pandemic that e-Fest has been an in-person event. Set for April 28-30 at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, e-Fest will give the 25 finalist teams the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of judges who will pick the winners, to win other prizes through several on-site competitions, and to gain new connections and inspiration.

In the meantime,  individual teams are attracting attention close to home. On April 26 Tallahassee-based WCTV interviewed Charlie Edbrooke and Patrick Manser, the Florida State University team that has developed a device that can craft high-quality metal items at home...a boon for startups trying to develop prototype products on a shoestring.

You can watch WCTV's feature here:

E-Fest is sponsored by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas, and EIX. Check out EIX's own roundup of videos from each of the 25 finalist teams, including Edbrooke and Manser. 




David Deeds
David Deeds
Schulze Professor of Entrepreneurship / Schulze School of Entrepreneurship / University of St. Thomas
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DOI: 10.32617/771-62684c72b4721
Deeds, D. (2022, April 26). Florida-based e-fest team in the spotlight. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. Retrieved June 25, 2024, from
Deeds, David. "Florida-Based e-Fest Team in the Spotlight" Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. 26 Apr. 2022. Web 25 Jun. 2024 <>.