The University of Minnesota senior Max Arndt is the founder of Toeopener. The product that he engineered himself is a foot lever that is attached to the bottom of a door so it can be opened without having to use the door handle. Aimed at keeping hands germ free rather than just pure laziness, the Toeopener is suited to places such as public toilets.
A mission statement from one of his classes, entrepreneurship in action, read 'create as many ideas as possible, knowing that most of them will fail. And know that it's ideal to fail fast!'
Having only launched the product in January this year it is yet to be seen whether this will be one of those failures or whether it can be turned into an essential product for doors across the globe.
The company was formed by Max and the rest of the students in his class and it was funded by the professor who put in $15k of his own money to see this project come to life.
Whether it makes it big or ends up being a flop, it is certainly a class that will teach these students the best lessons that they can take with them into the future.
Just shows how you can make a business out of anything!
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