Demo days to launch student startups

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A few dozen of U of I students hope this is just the beginning of their success as entrepreneurs.

Iventure Accelerator is a group that helps top student innovators get the tools they need to launch their startups.

One example is a phone case that charges your phone using sunlight or indoor light.

This is the third year for the program.

Students say they are looking forward to seeing their products take off.

“We’re looking to make an add-on to the phone. We’re looking to make a two-case design that allows you to join independently, so it’s a solar panel and a battery, and then a protective phone case,” said Paul Couston, who helped design the aforementioned phone case.

“This program has helped over a hundred students, and then hundreds more of their teammates to build companies, to build non-profits, to build products and services that have really changed and had an impact on hundreds of thousands of people,” said Noah Isserman, with Iventure.

After this, the innovators head to Chicago to showcase their startups there.

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