Female entrepreneurs take top prizes in latest UTK “Boyd Venture Challenge”

Three start-up businesses owned by female students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville were awarded a total of $25,000 in the fall 2018 “Boyd Venture Challenge.” The seed fund grant competition is hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business.

The three and the amount each received are Qardian Labs ($15,000), Winter Innovations ($5,000), and Quantum Lock ($5,000). Winter Innovations is the parent of EasyWhip, the start-up founded by Lia Winter as described in this recent post, and Quantum Lock captured first place in the most recent “Vol Court Speaker Series & Pitch Competition” also hosted by the Anderson Center. Look for updates on both start-ups in January.

The three winners were selected by a panel of five judges from a group of six finalists.

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