Two students and an alumnus are among the semi-finalists in a statewide Accelerate Michigan competition. They will present their business plans at an event in Ypsilanti, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17. Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek’s start-up company, AsfalisMed, uses encrypted Quick Response (QR) codes placed on ID cards to give medical first responders and health care personnel instant access to a person’s medical records. Beaulieu, an applied physics major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in mathematics, and Florek, a first-year mechanical engineering major and member of the Pavlis Institute for Global Leadership, are working with the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone’s Entrepreneur Support Center and another student company, Clever Cloud Computing, to develop their business. The students’ projects will be judged on innovativeness, clarity of presentation, value and feasibility of the proposed product or service and market opportunity. Companies will be evaluated on innovation, proof of concept and financial plan. Prizes in the student section range from $10,000 to $25,000. Companies are competing for $10,000 to $500,000.
About 150 people, most not in uniform, gathered on the south lawn outside the ROTC Building Sunday for a service to remember the victims of 9/11. Air Force Cadet Mark Ingram, a fourth-year student in physics from Livonia, was glad to participate. “It’s always a big deal to be a part of something meaningful,” he said.