Westminster Alum Wins $40,000 Grant to Create Jobs

Feb 26, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013 Grant will provide business and computer science internships to Westminster students SALT LAKE CITY - A Westminster alum's company, BreathAdvisor, recently won a $40,000 grant from the Technology Commercialization & Innovation Program (TCIP). Jason Knott created BreathAdvisor while enrolled in an entrepreneurship class at Westminster College. He plans on using a portion of the $40,000 dollar grant to provide internship opportunities to Westminster students studying business and computer science. TCIP is a state funded grant program developed by the Utah legislature to help accelerate the process of taking university-developed cutting-edge technologies to market that will create jobs for Utahns. "Westminster's Center for Entrepreneurship was instrumental in helping me develop a successful business plan," said Knott. "I'm excited to contribute to the opportunities available to students interested in technology and innovation." Knott, who is also a current Westminster staff member, is the CEO of BreathAdvisor. He started the company to help reduce the number of drunk driving incidents in the local community. BreathAdvisor places law-enforcement grade breathalyzer kiosks in local bars and restaurants. The kiosks are offered at no cost to venue owners and charge users a small fee to test their blood alcohol content prior to driving.

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