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Congratulations to this Year's Innovation Competition Champions: Team L8!!!

   

L8 L8 Team (Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar): Winners of the 2013 CIbM Innovation Competition

L8 is a magnetic-kinetic toy comprised of 8 L-shaped pieces which can be assembled in multiple configurations. The team says the key innovation of the L8 toy are that, unlike other magnetic toys it is not just comprised of building blocks that stack together, but L8 uses the magnetic couplings as pivot points to create moveable mechanisms. This results in a toy which can be as simple or complex as you make it, making it suitable for all ages. The L8 team also has concepts and prototypes for several other magnetic-kinetic toys using the same concepts as the original L8 toy. 

For winning the CIbM Innovation Competition, the L8 team received $5,000, prototyping and manufacturing support from the CIbM, and business start-up support from VT KnowledgWorks. Negar and Alireza have worked with VTIP to acquire a patent and plan to use the award money and resources to help them produce their toys through a joint venture with an existing toy manufacturing company.

If you're interested in developing a new product or starting a business, you can find information about the CIbM's entrepreneur support program here: Entrepreneur Support