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MBA student Fogleman takes top prize at Riata Center competition

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Oklahoma State University MBA student Trevor Fogleman emerged victorious at the Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Pitch and Poster Competition, showcasing his groundbreaking nail-trimming device, target market and business model.  


The Pitch and Poster Competition brings together aspiring entrepreneurs from across campus to present their innovative ideas and projects, with seed money on the line. The competition aims to celebrate and reward entrepreneurial spirit by providing a platform for students to highlight their business acumen and inventive solutions.  


Fogleman won first place in both the tech category and overall. His entry, a revolutionary nail-trimming device designed for efficiency and precision, captured the attention of judges and fellow competitors alike.  


Fogleman's device, the 10x Nail Trimmer, addresses a common challenge faced by many individuals in maintaining their nail health. The device incorporates technology to streamline the nail-trimming process, offering a quick and easy solution for users who struggle with toenail maintenance. During his pitch presentation, Fogleman highlighted the key features and benefits of the device, emphasizing its user-friendly design, safety features. He also showed the potential for widespread market appeal, as 10 million Americans make podiatry appointment just to get their nails trimmed. The judges were particularly impressed by the device's innovation and its potential impact on the personal care industry.  


The Pitch and Poster Competition is a platform that encourages students to push the boundaries of innovation and entrepreneurship. Fogleman is a member of the Riata Startup Experience, and this is the third company he has introduced at the Pitch and Poster over the last few years.  


Fogleman not only received recognition for his entrepreneurial prowess but also secured a prize that includes seed funding, mentorship opportunities and support from the Riata Center to further develop and market his company.  


"Winning this competition is a tremendous honor," Fogleman said. "I believe in the potential of this device to make a positive impact on people's lives, and I am grateful for the support and encouragement from the Riata Center."  


Fogleman's success at the Pitch and Poster not only reflects his dedication and entrepreneurial spirit but also highlights OSU’s commitment to fostering innovation and empowering students to turn their ideas into reality. As Fogleman’s product gains momentum, he hopes to partner with the Zinc Center for Competitive Innovation at the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, which focuses on bringing product designs in the Riata Center into physical production. 

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