Flyer Pitch 2018 winners

Thursday March 29, 2018

Flyer Pitch Winner

A patent-pending bicycle seat designed to eliminate pain took first place and the $25,000 grand prize in the University of Dayton’s Flyer Pitch competition, one of largest business plan contests in the nation at the collegiate level.

The “Physiosaddle” from Edge Cycle Technologies is created for long-range cyclists to reduce pressure and improve comfort. It’s the only seat that is “truly anatomical and accepts our anatomy instead of pressing against it,” said creator Shane Page, a University alumnus who holds a doctor of physical therapy degree.

The seat was selected from more than 200 teams that pitched ideas in Vietnam, China and the United States. The ideas ranged from a patented smart watch designed for Baby Boomers that monitors basic health functions and provides an emergency alert system to a new keyboard design that improves efficiency and reduces repetitive stress injuries.

“This was the 12th year for the competition and we continue to see teams with strong market potential make better progress toward commercialization,” said Vincent Lewis, director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. “I am extremely proud of all the work these teams and their mentors accomplished over the past three months in getting ready for the final round.”

Page said he came up with the idea for the Physiosaddle while sitting in an anatomy lecture after riding his bike to campus.

The idea became reality later at Page’s physical therapy practice. He and a UD student, Evan Price, were able to adjust a bicycle to eliminate the knee pain of a patient, John Massengale.

“And John said, ‘now if only someone could do that for the seat.’ I pitched him my idea and our business was born that day,” Page said.

Along with the cash prize, Page’s team will also receive an additional $25,000 in support from Dayton’s Entrepreneur’s Center, which represents the “first time we are taking a Flyer Pitch winner and handing them off to the next step in the start-up ecosystem in our community,” Lewis said.

Page said the prize and support will allow the company to finalize the patent and have the seat on the market by late summer. It will be manufactured in Centerville and can be pre-ordered on their website.

Their work contributes to Flyer’s Pitch legacy of success. More than 30 new ventures have launched and raised a combined $15 million in capital since the competition was founded.

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