Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
According to the State Journal Register, thousands of American soldiers and millions of civilians could avoid Noise Induced Hearing Loss if D-met trial is a success.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s 2013 Technology and Innovation Expo and Saluki Idea competition fostered and honored Saluki innovation and creativity.
The two-part event took place Oct. 25 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center and included the announcement of the 2013 Inventor Award winners.
The winners are:
The event also served as the final round for the Saluki Idea Competition in which students and student-led teams showcased their ideas for new, technology-based, commercially viable products and services.
- Inventor of the Year -- David Lightfoot, professor of plant, soil and agricultural systems, College of Agricultural Sciences, honored for his research primarily focusing on crop productivity and disease resistance. He is co-inventor for seven patents issued since 1999 and also the inventor or co-inventor for eight pending patents.
- Innovator of the Year -- Peter Fadde, associate professor in curriculum and instruction, College of Education and Human Services, honored for work with computer applications used for training expert perceptual skills in sports. A patent is pending and Fadde’s research resulted in a product now being sold commercially nationwide.
- Startup Company of the Year -- Minerals Development Technologies Inc., whose founders include Paul Chugh, mining and mineral resources engineering professor, College of Engineering. The business is initially focusing on dust control technologies for continuous mining machines. One patent has already been approved and two are pending.
- Student Startup of the Year -- orderbolt, an app that is promoted as “the new premier mobile payment platform.” The business is operated by Bryce Morrison, Tom Harness, Jonathan Bening, Geoff Veliz and Aarika Price and others, most of whom are all graduates, students, or former students at SIU Carbondale.
The theme was “Innovating for Impact,” with contestants competing for $1,000 in grant funds from the SIU Sustainability Council. In addition, SalukiTech Computer Store and Help Desk provided a Dell tablet as a door prize. More than 20 campus and community organizations and entities provided support for the Tech Expo and Saluki Idea Competition.
Saluki Idea Competition winners are:
Judges for the competition included Jim Garvey, vice chancellor for research; Dennis Cradit, dean of the College of Business; Robyn Laur Russell, SIU director of business development and international trade; Chester Wilson, associate professor at Louisiana Tech and Lawrence Cruz, chief patent council for Conair Corp.
- First place -- D.scribe, a communication eco-system that provides accurate transcriptions of conversations for the deaf or hearing impaired, by Christopher Faller and Briana Royster, seniors in industrial design.
- Second place -- Radiation Water Pump for Developing Countries or Off-grid Communities, an affordable, solar-powered water pump/irrigation system, by Felipe Paulino Silva, and Abdiel Quetz, mechanical engineering students.
- Honorable mention -- PowerPrice, an e-commerce, online, auction-type website allowing customers to solicit for their desired item and prices, by Azadeh Omrani-Kermani, MBA student.
- Honorable mention -- ReNew, an interactive recycling/sustainability campaign, by senior industrial design students John Leco and Gene Park.
- Honorable mention -- Solar for All, a solar power-sharing concept, by senior technical resource management student David Schau.
For more information about the Tech Expo visit www.tie.siu.edu. To learn more about the Saluki Idea Competition, visit siu.launcht.com/.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues Final Rules to Implement Provisions of the Patent Law Treaty that Change Aspects of U.S. Patent Laws
Thanks to Marshall Gerstein Borun LLP for the info.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Inventor of the Year:
Professor David Lightfoot, Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems, College of Agricultural Sciences, has been a prolific inventor since arriving at SIU. He has been the co-inventor on 7 issued patents since 1999 involving crop productivity and disease resistance primarily focused on soybeans. Three of these patents are licensed to a major US agriculture and plant biotechnology company and the inventions have earned substantial royalties to date. David is also an inventor or co-inventor on 8 pending patents. These inventions could help make a big difference for the productivity of farmers nationwide and beyond.
Innovator of the Year:
Dr. Peter Fadde, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Services, specializes in computer applications for training expert perceptual skills in sports such as tennis, softball, and baseball and other fields requiring perceptual decision making.based upon cognitive recognition. Peter's research has broken new ground in this field, and he has been applying training techniques with numerous baseball and softball organizations, both amateur and professional, as well as the United States Tennis Association. Peter has a patent pending for his invention for baseball and softball applications and his research has already resulted in a product now being sold nationwide by a sports training company, with other products anticipated.
Startup of the Year:
Dr. Paul Chugh, Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering, College of Engineering has been an active researcher and inventor in the fields of mining safety and productivity for decades. Paul, along with a management team involving other current and former SIU staff, has recently formed a company to commercialize a number of his inventions.. Minerals Development Technologies, Inc (MDT) will initially focus on dust control technologies for continuous mining machines. The first dust control-related patent has been approved by the United State patent and Trademark Office with two others pending, and MDT is well on its way to achieving its first commercial sales to coal companies in the region.
Student Startup of the Year:
orderbolt, Inc. - orderbolt has evolved into the premiere mobile application for streamlining rent payments. Bryce Morrison, founder and CEO of orderbolt, was a senior in marketing at SIU when he won the 2011 Collegiate Camp CEO-Saluki Operation Bootstrap. Bryce won $7500 in seed capital and $2500 in resources. The original idea was using smartphones to place orders in bars and restaurants. orderbolt’s team has six Salukis, including two interns.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
More information: http://tie.siu.edu
Questions: email@example.com; (618) 453-4556
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
It's perfect timing too, because as many of us know, the Saluki Idea Competition is underway, where SIU students/teams can win cash and grant money they could put towards further developing their invention and/or filing a patent, among other things. We had a similar outbreak last year around this time if I recall, during last year's competition. If you know someone with a great idea, please do your part in contributing to this HOT virus by sending them to http://siu.launcht.com. Thanks and hope everyone has a great weekend!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
August 29, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. – SIU Carbondale students can show how creative, innovative and entrepreneurial they are by entering the 2013 Saluki Idea Competition.
The competition offers students and student-led teams a chance to showcase their ideas for new products and services. They can win prizes by submitting commercially viable, technology-based ideas that relate to the theme “Innovating for Impact.” All entries should have a positive social or environmental impact.
The competition is open for submissions; entry deadline is Oct. 4.
“We were very pleased with the number, quality and innovative nature of the ideas submitted by our students last year,” said Jeff Myers, senior technology transfer specialist with the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research. “We are working to increase the size and scope of the competition this year.”
All entries will be online and the public can vote via the Internet. Finalists will make three-minute “elevator pitch” presentations to highlight their ideas before a panel of expert judges at the Technology and Innovation Expo on Oct. 25 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center. The finals begin at 3 p.m. with the winning entries announced starting at 4 p.m.
The grand prize is $500. The runner-up prize is $200, and there are three, $50 honorable mention awards.
The 2012 competition drew 13 diverse entries, with the grand prize going to “EcoLight,” a product concept that powers streetlights through a combination of solar energy and kinetic energy acquired through low-profile roadway rumble strips.
For complete contest rules and details, visit http://siu.launcht.com. More information is also available by contacting Amy McMorrow Hunter with the University’s Technology Transfer Office at 618/453-4556.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
New SIU Patent Filed: Glass-ceramics based antioxidants for the oxidation protection of carbon-carbon composites
If you have a great idea, you could win cash! SIU students can compete on their own or as part of a team. Our theme this year is "Innovating for Impact." Your idea needs to be technology-based, for-profit and have measurable social and/or environmental impact.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
New SIU Patent Issued Today: Intermetallic Bonded Diamond Composite Composition and Methods of Forming Articles from Same
Link to the SIU technology page for more information.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Read the Report (pdf).
Visit the Saluki Concept Fund for information about one of SIU's gap funding mechanisms.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Inventors: Bidyut Gupta, Shahram Rahimi (LinkedIn Profile), Sindoora Koneru
Invention: Automated System for Coal Spiral
Inventor: Manoj Mohanty (LinkedIn Profile)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
July 18, 2013
By Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A medical scribe company created by Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumnus Erich Rempel and Dr. Dan Doolittle is the newest tenant in the University’s Small Business Incubator.
ScribeConnect, LLC offers physicians and health administrators medical record documentation and electronic health record integration through the implementation of medical scribe programs and scribe training courses.
ScribeConnect formed in 2012 and is the beneficiary of various services and support through the University. Rempel, a graduate of the University’s aviation management program, has more than five years experience in medical scribing, scribe program implementation, and scribe training and management. He serves as CEO of the business.
Doolittle is a board-certified physician in family and emergency medicine with more than 20 years experience. He serves as the chief medical officer for ScribeConnect. For the past 17 years he has practiced exclusively in emergency medicine, including 10 years as the medical director for various emergency departments. He is currently emergency department medical director and chief of staff at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
The Small Business Development Center assisted the company with its business plan, and the SIU Small Business Incubator is the site of company’s first office location. The incubator and center are components of the University’s Office of Economic and Regional Development.
The Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center (http://www.growsi.com/sbip/index.htm or http://researchpark.siu.edu/about.html) is SIU’s economic development unit and hosts the Small Business Incubator. The center offers office space, a wet laboratory and light industrial space and has attracted a wide variety of growing enterprises as tenants.
The incubator serves as a site where companies can test their innovative and entrepreneurial concepts and launch successful businesses. Since its inception, nearly 60 businesses, including six during the past year, have graduated from the incubator. In addition, 11 new tenants have been accepted into the incubator’s programs within the last year, with ScribeConnect becoming the most recent.
For more information about ScribeConnect, LLC, visit www.scribeconnect.com.
To learn more about the Office of Economic and Regional Development and the many programs and services it offers to businesses, visit http://researchpark.siu.edu/about.html or call 618/536-4451.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
- Get you a coffee
- Answer your questions about patents and inventions
- Listen to your suggestions for themes for the Saluki Idea Competition,
- And so much more!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
This year's keynote speaker is Lawrence Cruz, chief patent council for Conair Corporation and SIU alum.
Our tech presenters will be announced soon! The afternoon panel topic will be "Crowdfunding."
The Saluki Idea Competition elevator pitches will take place in the afternoon following the discussion panel, with winners announced at the reception.
Stay tuned for more info! You can also follow developments on Twitter or Facebook.
Friday, June 7, 2013
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An event this month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will highlight that a person is never too old to become a successful entrepreneur.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Southern Illinois University Start-up Secures International Partnership for Clean Coal-to-Liquids Technology Development
1740 Innovation Drive, Suite 212
Carbondale, IL USA 62903
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thermaquatica Inc. Partners with Greenpower Energy Limited to Develop Coal-to-Liquids Technology
Research agreement will fund development of Thermaquatica’s novel, environmentally friendly OHD processCarbondale, IL, May 30, 2013 – Thermaquatica Inc. of Carbondale, IL, USA announces the signing of a Research and Option agreement with Greenpower Energy Limited at Thermaquatica’s Headquarters on May 24th, 2013. Under terms of the agreement, Greenpower will contribute US$2 million toward further development by Thermaquatica of Oxidative Hydrothermal Dissolution (OHD), a process for conversion of low grade hydrocarbon material to higher grade material, in particular as it applies to conversion of low rank coal to high value liquid products. In return, Greenpower is granted a two-year option to take an exclusive license for the commercial application of this process within Australia and New Zealand.
OHD is a novel, environmentally friendly technology for the conversion of coal, lignocellulosic (woody) biomass, and other organic solids into low molecular weight, water-soluble products, many of which are potentially valuable for making polymers and other hydrocarbon-based products. OHD works by reacting coal or other macromolecular organic solids with small amounts of oxygen in high-temperature, high-pressure liquid water. Professor Ken Anderson and his collaborators discovered and developed the OHD processes at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU), which owns the pending patents for this technology. Professor Anderson, Thermaquatica’s Chief Technical Officer, founded Thermaquatica in late 2010 to commercially exploit this process. Thermaquatica holds the exclusive worldwide license from SIU to the patent rights. Early development of the process and an engineering scale-up Process Development Unit have been funded by a $950,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Coal Institute. Additional assistance has been provided by the SIU Technology Transfer Office and the Southern Illinois Research Park.
Greenpower Energy Limited (www.greenpowerenergy.com.au) is a publicly traded company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:GPP). Greenpower’s mission and focus is to seek practical ways to find realistic, commercial, and effective processes to provide the increasing amounts of energy required to meet the world’s needs – processes that will significantly reduce man’s carbon footprint on our planet. Greenpower holds exploration mining tenements in the Latrobe Valley of Australia containing inferred deposits of lignite estimated at over 500 million tons and has been searching for appropriate processes to convert coal to liquid products in order to produce transportation fuels and other products in an environmentally friendly way.
Commenting on this agreement, Dr. John P. McAlister, Thermaquatica’s CEO stated, “The relationship with Greenpower established through this agreement empowers Thermaquatica to aggressively develop and commercially deploy OHD in a number of application areas. We are delighted to partner with Greenpower in its efforts to exploit the abundant natural resources at its disposal in an unique and environmentally friendly way.” Dr. McAlister continued, “We believe this is the first in a potentially large number of applications for OHD, a process which has been demonstrated to work equally efficiently on a wide variety of biomass including wood chips, corn stover, and sugarcane bagasse, as well as oil shale, tar sands, and many others.”
Mr. Gerard King, board director of Greenpower commented, “We at Greenpower are very impressed with the demonstrated capability of Thermaquatica’s OHD process and with the research and engineering capabilities of the team led by Professor Ken Anderson. We look forward to bringing this technology to bear on our large resource holdings in Australia where we believe it can have a real and positive impact.”
“Thermaquatica is a great example of groundbreaking research by our outstanding faculty and their focus on helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental and economic challenges,” SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng said. “I am pleased that our entrepreneurship programs, which encourage and guide our faculty, helped Dr. Anderson and his team achieve this level of commercial success.”
About Thermaquatica Inc
Founded in November 2010 and located in Carbondale, Illinois, Thermaquatica is dedicated to the scale-up and commercial exploitation of the Oxidative Hydrothermal Dissolution process discovered and pioneered by Professor Ken Anderson of Southern Illinois University. Thermaquatica is merging creative chemistry with engineering to pioneer the development of environmentally friendly means to produce next generation materials and fuels.
About Greenpower Energy Limited
With a long legacy in coal production as Gunnedah Colliery Company before changing its name and mission in 2007 to Greenpower Energy Limited, Greenpower’s mission and current focus is to seek practical ways to find realistic, commercial, and effective processes to create the increasing amounts of energy for today’s world needs – processes that will significantly reduce man’s carbon footprint on our planet. Greenpower has not limited the scope of this search in any way – for example the company is testing methods to produce and use existing fuel sources such as natural gas and coal that are practical and economic and make a real reduction in carbon emissions. Greenpower is also exploring commercially viable renewable energy sources and production methods.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Research Commercialization Introductory Course
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET
twice weekly from May 21 to June 18, 2013
Now on its fifth run, the Research Commercialization Introductory Course is a very popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Over 4000 researchers from across the US take the course each time it is offered.
Research commercialization involves taking articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, which are created during research activities and getting them to users and patients for real societal impacts.
In some cases, commercialization involved taking patents based on the research and licensing them to a company. This usually involves also having the researchers consult to the company. In other cases, commercialization involves forming or creating a startup and applying to federally funded commercialization programs. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
The Research Commercialization Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH COMMERCIALIZATION INTRODUCTORY COURSE
Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs
Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.
There is no cost to attend this course but registration is required by clicking on the GoToWebinar link below.
or go to (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/818109106)
By clicking on the link above you will be registered to all sessions of this course.
Once registered, you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before each session.
Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 4: Employment and Consulting Agreements
Thursday, May 30, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 5: Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 6: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
Thursday, June 06, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 7: Introduction to Early Stage Funding
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 8: Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intensive Company
Thursday, June 13, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 9: Moving from R&D to Manufacturing
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 , 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
REGISTER FOR THE FINAL EXAM AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
A Final Exam will be available to all registered students AFTER the course.
Registering for the Final Exam is separate from the GoToWebinar registration. If you would like to take the Final Exam and be issued a Certificate of Completion register for a free NCET2 account (click here). Once registered, login and click on "Subscribe" at the top of this page.
The Final Exam is an online, multiple-choice test. Subscribed students who achieve 60% or greater on the FinalExam will receive a Certificate of Completion for this course. The Final Exam will be opened after the last session and will remain available for 3 weeks to give you enough time to review and take the exam.
DOWNLOADING COURSE MATERIALS AND VIEWING RECORDED VIDEOS OF PREVIOUS SESSIONS
The materials and recorded video for each session will be uploaded on a separate page before and after each session. Did you miss a session? The video recording will be posted with 24 hours after each session and will be available for you to view until after the Final Exam.
VP Research and CSO
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
former Program Director SBIR/STTR National Cancer Institute, NIH
Sr. Technical Advisor, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
formerly SBIR Program Manager
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
SBIR Program Analyst
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Assistant Manager, SBIR/STTR Programs,
Office of Extramural Research,
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
Deputy Director, Licensing & Entrepreneurship
Office of Technology Transfer
National Institutes of Health
Juan E. Figueroa
Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership
National Science Foundation
National Council Of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
Chief Technology Officer, BRTRC, Inc.
Principal Consultant, DOD SBIR/STTR Programs
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEES:
WEBINAR SCHEDULE: This course is scheduled every Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET starting May 21 through June 18, 2013. Changes in schedules or topics will be posted on this page and sent to you through email.
WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.
COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above. You only need to register once. Your registration is valid for all sessions in this course.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you via email after you register. Once registered you will also receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar.
QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: The Research Commercialization Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months.
SLIDES AND VIDEO: The materials and recorded video for each session will be uploaded on a separate page before and after each session. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.
Friday, May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013
By Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A growing business founded by three former Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and grown through assistance from the University is a winner in the Arch Grants 2013 Global Startup Competition.RoverTown will receive $50,000 in funding and free support services. The business is one of 20 selected this week from 707 applicants from 40 states and 15 countries. The business, Rover Enterprises, LLC., was launched in 2009 by then-SIU Carbondale students Mike Philip, and co-founders Brad Miller and Joshua Freeman.Philip, from Wheaton, was at the time an information systems and applied technologies major. Freeman earned his finance degree in December 2009, while Miller completed his management degree in May 2010. Freeman and Miller are both from Rantoul.“It is very gratifying to witness the evolution of an idea by three former University students into a scalable venture. Their passion and drive is to be commended,” said Kyle Harfst, executive director of the Southern Illinois Research Park and executive director of Economic Development.Initially, Rover Enterprises produced a $20 plastic RoverCard that students could purchase and use to get discounts and special deals at participating area businesses. Businesses could change their deals on a daily basis.Philip, the company’s chief executive officer, is a 2009 graduate of Operation Bootstrap, a collaborative program between the SIU Carbondale Office of Economic and Regional Development and the Delta Regional Authority set up to help new or potential businesses. The company earned $3,000 in start-up funding through the program.They made a small profit their first year and soon moved the company to the Southern Illinois Research Park’s Small Business Incubator at SIU. The company evolved quickly.RoverTown is now a mobile marketing company that allows area businesses in college towns to reach students through mobile devices, which enhances their business traffic by offering students special discounts and deals. Students can also scan table displays to participate in a loyalty program, similar to a paper-punch card. The company motto is “Throwin’ you bones,” and the bones, of course, are discounts.The popular discount program, a client of the Small Business Incubator and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU, has expanded extensively in just a few years. According to Philip, 1.4 million college students on nearly 70 campuses now have access to the RoverTown student discount program in dozens of states from Hawaii to New York. He said more than 2,000 businesses reach college students via smartphones, with 12 businesses gaining exposure to students every 60 seconds on the platform.Participating businesses pay a $50 monthly fee to the company to receive “Roverlink,” software developed by Rovertown that allows businesses to manage their discounts on students’ smartphones, view analytics and track their return on investment.Philip notes that the company has proven successful in a number of ways, as evidenced by the significant growth and expansion and by the fact that it has raised more than $100,000 in capital before winning the Arch grant. In February 2011, RoverTown was Southern Illinois’ only downstate participant for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center’s CAP 20 program, a component of the Cluster Acceleration Program. The program fosters growth by connecting startup businesses with statewide resources over a five-year period.Currently joining Philip as principals in the company are Michael Rzeznik, a 2012 SIU Carbondale graduate in information systems and applied technologies from Lake Zurich who serves as chief technology officer, and Jeffry Harrison, a 2012 SIU Edwardsville business administration finance and entrepreneurship graduate from Red Bud and former student trustee on the SIU Board of Trustees, who serves as chief operating officer. RoverTown officers say SIU Carbondale and the Office of Economic and Regional Development have been instrumental in their success.“The University and its Dunn-Richmond Economic Center programs and staff have been a critical support system that we have relied on as we expanded RoverTown across the United States,” Philip said.In conjunction with the Arch Grants competition, designed to help grow businesses and entrepreneurship in St. Louis, Rover Enterprises will relocate to St. Louis this summer. To learn more about RoverTown, visit the website at www.rovertown.com or follow it on Twitter at twitter@rover_mike.For more information about the Office of Economic and Regional Development and the many programs and services it offers to businesses, visit http://researchpark.siu.edu/about.html.