Technology management student a winner at Connecticut Collegiate Business Competition

Joe Bango wins Best Presentation Award for power line sensor created to save lives, prevent massive fires
Joe Bango

A University of Bridgeport graduate student who developed a device aimed at keeping people safe and preventing other major disasters has won the Best Presentation Award at the Connecticut Collegiate Business Competition.

Joe Bango was awarded the $500 prize for Downed Standoff Powerline Sensor. The device helps emergency response and utility crews quickly locate, replace, or repair broken power lines, which have caused billions of dollars in damages and massive fires, including recent deadly conflagrations in Northern California.

The Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Enterprise Foundation. Held semiannually, it provides opportunities for college students to compete for cash grants while learning about entrepreneurship.

Bango is earning a PhD in Technology Management. He competed against teams from Sacred Heart University, Quinnipiac, University of New Haven, UConn, and Housatonic Community College.

The University of Bridgeport is home to the Student Entrepreneur Center, which provides free support for student-entrepreneurs to successfully develop, accelerate, and launch startups. In 2019, the University will open the Innovation Center at Bauer Hall to provide comprehensive resources, programming, and free expert guidance necessary for student-entrepreneurs and members of the community to successfully launch startups. The Innovation Center will be located on campus, in one of the Connecticut’s four Free Trade Zones.


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