For an assignment in a business class, junior William Sweet came up with the idea to create a cold compression sleeve for people recovering from ACL injuries. His idea won the fourth annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party, which took place on Nov. 8 as part of the annual Carolina Challenge, a venture competition that gives students and faculty the opportunity to win funding for their idea. Sweet and his group received a $400 award toward the creation of a prototype.
Sweet, an offensive tackle on the football team, has been unable to play this year after suffering a torn ACL in UNC’s third game against Old Dominion.
“Basically everyone in our class was assigned to come up with an idea and essentially form teams and make your pitch to compete for a prize,” Sweet said.
Sweet had the opportunity to recruit three other teammates in the class who did not have ideas but still wanted to take part. Senior Sakile Trowers said she listened to everyone’s ideas in the class and realized she had a personal connection to Sweet’s idea.
“William’s idea, it just seemed like a winner. It made sense to me, and it was personal to me simply because I had also gone through and still am going through the aftermath of an ACL injury,” Trowers said.