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University of Oregon Business Idea Competition




Katherine Harmon 

Program Manager 

Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship 

QuackHatch is a cross-campus business idea competition open to University of Oregon undergraduate students of all majors. Pitch your business idea or concept for a chance to win $3,000 in seed funding.

Additionally, teams with the best physical product idea can win $500 from Invent Oregon to develop their product further and represent the university at the statewide Invent Oregon competition in June.




With PopMemories, an innovative new business competing in this year's Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge and created by Saim Mohammed, a rising sophomore at the University of Oregon, you will be able to revisit those memories with a creative flair: a three-dimensional popup card that you can personalize with the photos you take abroad or wherever your memories are made.

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Basking Filter


Basking Filter, a new filter designed by University of Oregon architecture graduate student Alex Balog and Ben Cooper, a recent MBA graduate, is an anti-clogging skeleton that could make wastewater treatment cheaper, less wasteful and easier to maintain. The team will compete in this year’s Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge. Learn More

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Squishy Time


The Squishy Time team members Jackson Houdek, Jerry Jiang,  Drew Lemke, and Hai Wang connected through a love of mountain biking. So it’s no surprise that these students got together to work on something that would improve the sport. The Squishy Time bike tire insert improves the performance of mountain bike tires while protecting the wheel rims.



Algotek took on the problem of single-use plastics with the development of a 100% biodegradable algae-based polymer. The UO team was made up of David Crinnion, sustainability, Tyler Young, economics and business, Tanner Stickling, product design and business and Justin Lebuhn, environmental science. 

Feros Freight Innovation


Feros Freight Innovation developed batteries and electric power train to provide power-assist to diesel semi-trucks, essentially turning them into big hybrids and facilitating the eventual transition to fully electric fleets. The team was made up of UO MBA students Michael Chisolm, Jedidiah Womack and Nha Ha, along with Jordan Ford, a doctorate student studying robotics at Carnegie Mellon University

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