Cal State Long Beach has chosen an electric motocross bicycle called the EMXB as the winner of its 2011 Innovation Challenge. Built by mechanical engineering seniors David Pearce, Rogelio Rosas, and Dan Southard, the team will be awarded $10,000 worth of seed funding to attempt to market their invention.
More than 80 students competed for the prize money, but the lightweight electric bicycle beat out the dozen or so other teams due to its practicality and business potential.
The EXMB can be ridden like a standard mountain bike or as a motorcycle, but so far little other details have been released, perhaps because the students are hoping to find real-world investment opportunities in order to turn their college project into a new job. We wish them all the best.