Each year, the Carlson School of Management offers Entrepreneurship in Action, a year-long course in which students create and launch new businesses.
This year, some of the student entrepreneurs in the class saw a common problem and came up with a simple solution. The problem: People do not like to touch public restroom door handles and will use paper towels, their elbows, or anything else in to avoid receiving germs. The solution: a device that allows people to open the door with their foot.
The product, known as the Toepener, is becoming a hit at bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities. I don't think it will be long until this simply genius device pops up in establishments across the nation!
Check out this video from WCCO to hear the story of the Toepener and see how it works: