CSE Seniors “Take It All in Stride” with Winning iPhone App

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Sept. 19, 2013

Phil Getzen, Adam Proschek, and Ryan Tempas, computer science and engineering seniors, helped develop a winning iPhone app for runners - and they are “taking it all in stride.”

The fitness app, called TempoRun, took first place at the national Student Startup Madness tournament in March. 

Student Startup Madness is a competition for college students' digital media startups, and an official event of South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive - a set of film, interactive and music festivals that takes place in Austin, Texas.

Getzen, Proschek, and Tempas, along with team members Josh Leider, a senior marketing major, and Benny Ebert-Zavos, a hospitality business senior, won $5,000 from Google Cloud Platform.

The app, which allows runners to sync their footsteps while running to the tempo of their songs in iTunes,sells for $2.99.

TempoRun received support from Spartan Innovations, which provided $5,000 in funding from two MSU endowments; the Lansing Economic Area Partnership; and The Hatch, a student business incubator in East Lansing.

The app also won first place in the 2013 Greenlight Business Model Competition endowment for undergraduates, and the 2012 Broad Business Pitch Competition, which brings together entrepreneurial-minded students from MSU and the Broad College of Business,