Coolest College Start-ups 2011

Joshua Sobel
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Toepener, University of Minnesota

Founder: Senior Max Arndt's idea for an entrepreneurship class charmed his professor and fellow students, and now they're all working on selling and marketing the Toepener.
Concept: Hands-free door-opening hardware.
Funding: A $15,000 loan from the university, plus sales. The company hopes to break even by the end of the semester.
"Aha" moment: "I knew it was something of an annoyance to go to a public bathroom and touch the door handle. But there was no shock moment," Arndt says. "This class gave me that moment to solve the problem."
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