Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
G3Box, a student-run startup company within ASU’s Edson student entrepreneur initiative, has been selected as a US finalist for the James Dyson Awards competition. The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. The competition is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent. In total, only ten projects were chosen as finalists in the United States.
Addressing the ASU Challenge of leading healthier, more fulfilling lives, G3Box proposes to solve the problem of inadequate medical facilities in rural areas by converting freight shipping containers into medical clinics. G3Box provides engineering design and manufacturing towards the conversion of steel shipping containers into durable, semi-mobile, stand-alone facilities that are ideal for remote environments.
“G3Box is honored to have been selected as one of the 10 U.S. finalists in the Dyson awards. From the start, G3Box has been about solving problems specifically in healthcare provision,” said Susanna Young, Co-founder and CEO of G3Box. “The Dyson awards are, at the core, about solving problems with new and creative ideas. We do that with a commitment to integrity, humility, and collaboration.”
Given that G3Box is a socially-minded business, the founding team has established that for every medical clinic sold, a portion of those profits will go toward providing clinics to health care organizations that work in at-risk communities around the world. G3Box plans on carrying out this social work through the G3Box Foundation (yet to be established), which will be an extension of their for-profit enterprise.
The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university-level students or recent graduates who have studied in countries including the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the UK. The James Dyson Award supports students not only with monetary prizes, but also by promoting and recognizing good quality entries. The US winner will be announced later this year.
G3Box are in their second year of the ASU Edson student entrepreneur accelerator based in ASU SkySong, the Innovation Center in Scottsdale. The Edson accelerator provides funding, mentoring, and office space that enables students to advance their ventures and is part of the Venture Catalyst. The ASU Venture Catalyst is a strategic unit of ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, the research arm of ASU.
About G3Box (http://www.g3box.org)
G3Box converts steel shipping containers into medical clinics. We sell to companies/organizations that work on the social and economic frontlines (e.g. healthcare for developing countries, remote mining camps, firefighters) that often find they have the expertise and the equipment necessary to administer healthcare, but they do not have the medical space. G3Box provides a durable, semi-mobile, stand-alone facility that is ideal for remote environments. We basically provide infrastructure in a box.
About Venture Catalyst at ASU (http://www.asuventurecatalyst.org)
ASU Venture Catalyst equips high potential startups for success. The Catalyst, a joint effort between the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), assists university students, faculty and staff, as well as local and global companies, with launching startups or accelerating existing ventures. Based at ASU SkySong, The Catalyst offers investor connections, technology road maps, go-to-market strategy consulting, mentoring opportunities, and several other programs and services, all designed to identify and develop investment-grade companies.
About the Edson Entrepreneur Initiative (http://studentventures.asu.edu/)
The Edson program provides funding, office space, and guidance to teams of students within all university disciplines. This accelerator gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable businesses. As an integral program of ASU Venture Catalyst, students in the Edson accelerator have access to seasoned entrepreneurs, industry mentors, and other Catalyst programs that allows students to advance their enterprises.