Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 12 Jun 2020,7:42 am

Bennett University student's 'safe key' to fight Covid becomes top-seller

Bennett University student's 'safe key' to fight Covid becomes top-seller
A student at Bennett University has developed a contactless safety tool for use during the COVID-19 epidemic that has become a bestseller at Amazon.

The simple and innovative product, 'C-Safekey', is the brainchild of Zaid Naim, a student of BBA. The tool allows one to do a lot of things such as opening the door, turning the handle, punch the keys in an elevator or an ATM, etc without coming in contact with the surface that could be contaminated.

The simple, yet effective, idea was incubated at the Bennett Hatchery, which is the university's incubator where experienced mentors help take students' ideas to fruition.

Zaid was mentored by faculty members at Bennett University’s (BU) Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Bennett Hatchery.

"At Bennett University, we are blessed to have students with entrepreneurial zeal, which we further nurture at Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) to help them develop meaningful businesses. Zaid is one such student with a family business background who even in the current COVID 19 pandemic, could convert adversity into opportunity”, said, Mr Manish Mathur, Sr. Manager, CIE, Bennett University.

Speaking about his innovation, Zaid said, "It is all about your belief & faith and I was determined to try irrespective of the success or failure for this social cause. My idea of C-Safekey has been powered by Bennett Hatchery and I would especially like to thank Mr Manish Mathur and Dr Vinod Shastri for mentoring me."

Made from a solid brass alloy that has antimicrobial properties due to its 70% copper composition acting as perfect means to avoid cross-contamination C-Safekey is ideal for opening sliding doors, pulling down or up lever-type handles, pressing buttons on elevators and ATMs, and more. In particular, its front-located stylus point is suitable for use on all types of public touchscreens. The ergonomically designed, lightweight, and conveniently small C-Safekey helps in avoiding contact with potentially contaminated surfaces and is easy to carry around on your keychain or inside your bag.

Advanced technology-enabled digital initiatives for effective learning and research engagements adopted by BU enabled Zaid to stay in touch with his mentors as he worked to develop and launch C-Safekey during the nationwide lockdown.

“Choose the cool C-Safekey to overcome frustrations of the no-touch norm and enter the post lockdown world in style. With its ultra-sleek finishing and desirable looks, C-Safekey is arguably the best post-COVID gift to anyone you care for, especially your staff and team members”, said, Dr Vinod Shastri, Head Academics & Research - Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, BU.

Established in 2016 by Times of India Group, Bennett University has a thriving start-up culture under Bennett Hatchery, the in-house business incubation centre. The Hatchery also facilitates participation in national competitions, global boot-camps, visits to Accelerators and talks by Start-ups/VCs for budding entrepreneurs. In a short history of 3 years, two of the students' start-ups from Bennett University have already raised external funding of ~ $3 million and are running commercial operations.


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