Cross-College Entrepreneur Team Making Its Mark

by Marty Cook  on Monday, May. 5, 2014 12:00 am  

Carol Reeves of the UA’s Walton College has helped guide a number of teams to business-plan success. | (Photo by Beth Hall)

“This was a cool collaboration,” Amerine said. “This team would have won on the graduate level.”

Reeves said each success story should help with recruiting the next entrepreneurs to campus. Maria Driesel, a co-adviser for the team and an exchange student from Technical University of Munich, said successes such as BioBotic help raise Arkansas’ profile internationally.

“To see what these guys have done is an incredible thing,” Reeves said. “It’s good for the state. The state should be so proud of them.”

Reeves said that after the TCU pitch, she and the team were approached by four investors willing to put money into the project. The team is interested in trying to make a go of BioBotic as a startup, perhaps the next Arkansas success story.

Reeves and Iseman met with Sharma on Tuesday to discuss the dual patents that the team is pursuing. They are also looking for a full-time CEO to run the company while Eoff and Coakley attend medical school; Iseman plans to take a job with a medical technology company in Kansas City after his graduation later this month.

“They need someone with a lot of experience in there,” Reeves said. “This is very serious. This is not a class project.”

 

 

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