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Inaugural Ed Huizinga Awards Presented to Business Plan Competitors

May 15, 2013

The first Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Awards were presented to four teams that competed in last month's Business Plan Competition.

"My husband was an idea man," said Dorota M. Huizinga, associate vice president for graduate students and research, who created the fund in 2012 in honor of her late husband. "We look at student ideas that are innovative, creative and or involve technology — things that contain the values and interests my husband had."

While the business plans did not have to be innovative, Huizinga said that the products being promoted did. Together she and her daughter, Nicole, presented:

An award of $1,500 to Mai Tran for Luminize, a countertop light fashioned from recycled plastics.

The inspiration for the product came from the campus Student Recycle Club, Tran noted. "In the age of information, people are increasingly aware of innovative ways to recycle, live a 'greener' lifestyle and protect the earth. Our passion drives us to create a product that is sustainable, beautiful, and functional."

Awards of $500 per team to:

Synova Life Sciences, which is developing a stem-cell based service to battle osteoarthritis. Team leader is John Chi of Alhambra, a graduate student in the Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies; Cesar Anchante of Brea, a double major in business-entrepreneurship and music; Bhrugesh "Bryan" Trivedi of Yorba Linda, a psychology major and business administration-entrepreneurship major Thomas Flores of Pomona.

Vic's Fraternity, a food plan and fitness regimen for healthy living. Team members are Victor Nunez of Commerce, a senior business administration major; Robert A. de los Santos of Torrence, a senior business administration major studying both marketing and entrepreneurship; and fellow business administration senior Andreina Delgadillo Rubalcava of Yorba Linda,

OC Thrive, an integrated source of healthy lifestyle information and tools specifically relevant to the Orange County community, created by junior business administration-marketing major Shastina Sarkhosh of Irvine.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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