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KU Site Helps Students With Business Startups

Associated Press - February 1, 2014 12:31 pm

Researchers at the University of Kansas are experimenting with using a blue light to help law enforcement officers nab red-light runners. Here's how the system works: Blue lights come on when traffic signals turns red, providing a visual clue to officers. The university says the blue light is visible from 360 degrees. That way even if officers can't directly see the traffic signal change, they can still know that a motorist ran a red light. Blue confirmation light systems are being installed at two intersections in Lawrence and two in Overland Park. Researchers from the university's School of Engineering will monitor the system's effectiveness during the next six months. Funding for the project comes from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Transportation Center.

Students at the University of Kansas will be able to bring their startup ideas to a new university-run business accelerator.

The new program, KU Catalyst, is a joint project between the School of Business and the Bioscience and Technology Business Center. It will seek to connect students with mentoring, workspace and capital to start new companies.

KU Catalyst will open in the BTBC next month, but its ultimate home will be the new business school building, which is scheduled to open in the 2015-16 school year.

Entrepreneurship faculty offices will also be built near the accelerator workspace so students can have easy access to mentors.

Associated Press information from: the Lawrence Journal-World

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