Metro-East News

Business Briefing: Entrepreneur awarded for medical pacifier

A local inventor of a pacifier that administers medicine to infants has taken the top prize at this year’s Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge.

The regional business plan competition for entrepreneurs and startup businesses has awarded its $15,000 prize to Agnes Scoville for her patented invention called Pacidose. The infant and baby medicine dispenser functions like a pacifier while providing proper dosage of medicine.

Scoville and her husband Anson Scoville, a business executive, recently received a $50,000 Arch Grant award.

One of two $5,000 runner-up cash prizes was given to Swansea resident Erik Beimfohr and partners Michael Wagner and James Daw for Slurv, a free messaging app that enables players to communicate with each other during fantasy sports league competition. The other runner-up was Monroe County residents Chris and Tammy Rahn for their German-style ales and lagers brewery Stubborn German Brewing Co., which is planning to open in downtown Waterloo by next summer.


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-Will Buss, BND business writer