Published by John Holland, Modesto Bee, 4/14/16
Agustin Roldan of Merced won a business startup contest with a device that could help keep food processors humming.
His idea for predicting electronic motor failure impressed an expert panel and audience voters at the seventh annual San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge. The finals of the eight-county event Wednesday night in Stockton offered a total of $16,500 in cash and professional services for the winner and runner-up.
Roldan is an engineering student at UC Merced.
“He is targeting the food-processing industry, where minimizing equipment downtime is critical,” said Kurt Clark, director of the Alliance Small Business Development Center, one of the sponsors.