Two LSU band students won a business pitch competition with E Flip, which allows band members to mount a smart device on their musical instrument rather than the cumbersome, heavy music flip books that marching bands have used for centuries.

Garrett Kessling and Daniel Wendt operate Tonal Innovations out of the LBTC Student Incubator at LSU and used the Prototyping Center to make their prototypes and to develop their business plan.

They were among students participating in the fourth Annual LSU Elevator Pitch Competition. Competitors had 90 seconds to pitch their ideas to judges followed by 90 seconds to answer questions — imitating the way a young business owner might pitch his or her idea to an investor on an elevator ride. Students could present judges with materials or prototypes, but not use audiovisual or PowerPoint presentations.

The LBTC Student Incubator and the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute sponsored the event.