Two Berry College students who created software that prints 3-D prosthetic hands recently won a “pitch” contest and are headed to Nashville.
Josh Cutter and Chris Whitmire are creators of Ambedo – a software platform that creates files to print customized hands. The entrepreneurs won first place and $2,000 at the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference Venture Pitch Competition March 4 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Their design allows families or organizations to print a customized hand anywhere with a 3-D printer.
“All you have to know is how to use a tape measure,” says Whitmire, a physics major and creative technologies minor. There is already a Marietta, Ga., boy who is wearing a hand thanks to their designs. (See attached photo.)
Cutter, a business major and creative technologies minor, and Whitmire are in Management Professor Paula Englis’ Advanced Entrepreneurship class. DynamiX CEO Jeff Jahn, who is a Berry alum and advisor to the entrepreneurship program, recently gave $5,000 to start the “Ninja Fund” which allows Englis to offer more opportunities like the conference/pitch trip.
As first place winners, the students head to a major entrepreneurship conference in Nashville (36/86 South.) The conference is the Southeast’s premier technology conference for entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the country. The event showcases the top early- and growth-stage startups that are driving innovation in traditional industries and positioning the region to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship.