Coolest Products from the 2011 Coolest College Start-up List

Courtesy Company
4 of 5

Innovative germ avoidance.

The Toepener
Put simply, the Toepener is "a nice strong piece of aluminum that essentially allows you to open the door," says its inventor, University of Minnesota senior Max Arndt. After working with manufacturers around the upper Midwest, Arndt and his classmates in Entrepreneurship in Action have created about 20 prototypes, and have been tweaking the design slightly this semester while aggressively pursuing sales. Now the Toepener, which retails for $49.95, can be found in restaurants and bars around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Fifty units have sold so far, and a shipment of 500 is in the works.