Ten teams of entrepreneurial Texas A&M undergraduate and graduate students took away $13,000 in prize money to help fund their big ideas during the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship’s fourth annual Ideas Challenge held in May.

Two Mays graduate students in information technology, Mathew Subit and Murthi Raghav, took first prize of $3,000 for their paper-thin notePOD, a lightweight digital notebook that holds electronic copies of texts and books and allows users to compose notes. The 0.6-pound idea, based on emerging E-Paper technology, is projected to be lithe enough to be opened and closed like a notebook — displaying PDF pages of textbooks, newspapers and magazines — and can be read in any light and viewed from any angle.

Ninety expert and industry judges from across the state gathered in a day-long event at Wehner as teams of 40 finalists detailed their ideas and inventions in five-minute “elevator pitch” presentations that mirror real-world venture capitalist pitches.

Students with life-changing improvements and new ideas to streamline business were challenged to put their ideas to the test as they identified consumer markets, competitors and suppliers.

To read more about the top-10 winning ideas, visithttp://www.theeagle.com/aandmnews/051205ebook.php.