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April 20, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Erica Grant invited to compete in inaugural “Heartland Challenge” hosted by the University of Arkansas

Erica Grant, Founder of Quantum Lock Technologies LLC, is one of 12 start-ups from around the world invited to compete in the semifinal and final rounds of the inaugural “Heartland Challenge.”

The new collegiate start-up competition is also the first global student start-up competition held in the State of Arkansas. Set for May 27-29 and organized by the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business, it will now be a virtual competition. The invited graduate student entrepreneurial teams are competing for a cash prize pool of $95,000 with $50,000 going to the winner.

Grant is a doctoral student in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who is drawing of her knowledge on quantum computing to develop more secure locking devices.

According to this recent announcement, three teams will compete in each of the four semifinal tracks on May 28 to win a place in the finals on May 29. The final round and the awards ceremony, which includes an elevator pitch competition among all 12 semifinal teams, will be live streamed for the public. The winner of the elevator pitch competition will be determined by a vote of the online audience.

Primary support coming from the Walton Family Foundation.

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