Editor’s note: Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute talks about a new U of U student startup winning the 2016 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. 

A student startup from the University of Utah won first place and the $40,000 grand prize at the annual Utah Entrepreneur Challenge tonight for their design of a new endotracheal tube that makes it easier for medical professionals to perform endotracheal intubation, a risky procedure necessary for reopening airways for patients unable to breathe on their own.

“Winning the $40,000 dollars was a shock,” said Mackenzie Hales, one of the students on the winning team,Through the Cords, LLC. “The money will help us refine our product and get through FDA approval. However, more than winning the money, the best part of the competition was the positive feedback we received from judges and other participants. It was an emotional boost because it validated our efforts.”

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