APRIL 28, 2022 — UTSA student team Remedium won first place at the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition for its product, The Hermes. The team includes UTSA biomedical engineering students Jaime Benavides, Felipe Morales, Rich Yi and Isaiah Arredondo.
The Hermes is a muscle fatigue monitoring system built into compression shorts. When an athlete wears the shorts, sensors embedded within the fabric monitor how the quadriceps and hamstrings are functioning and sends signals about the muscles’ performance in real time via Bluetooth to a dashboard. The product is intended to help athletes and coaching staff see when these core muscles have reached their limit and need rest in order to avoid injuries that can result from overfatigue.
The competition, hosted annually by the Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) office, gives students hands-on experience as early-stage entrepreneurs. Interdisciplinary teams work throughout the semester to develop a technology-based product and business plan to successfully develop a new company. Finalists of the competition receive access to a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding and in-kind services to launch their new companies.