From the Modesto Bee, Noveber 13, 2014
Elias Ruiz of Hughson made the finals of the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge with his idea for a lightweight raft.
The fourth and final regional round took place Wednesday night at the Turlock Chamber of Commerce. Ruiz was chosen by an expert panel and audience voting to advance to the Dec.10 finals in Modesto.
The first-ever contest seeks business ideas from people who live in Stanislaus County, or own companies or attend college here. The winner will get $2,500 in cash and the equivalent value in legal, marketing and accounting services.