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Han Zhang, Emmanuel IgodanEngineering student Han Zhang and international relations student Emmanuel Igodan have teamed up to found Landerz backpack and luggage company.

High-tech backpack goal of student start-up

If you’re going on an adventure, the founders of Landerz hope you’ll keep them in mind.

UWindsor students Emmanuel Igodan and Han Zhang are hoping to use their creative talents to solve a problem they have observed — a lack of innovation in luggage.

The pair have signed on with the RBC Summer Founders Program to commercialize their ideas.

“I like technology and anything that is creative,” says Zhang, a third-year industrial engineering student minoring in business. “We want to develop a product that will serve persons requiring a high technological backpack.”

Igodan says that partnering with the University’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) made sense for their new company just starting out.

“We will meet different people with advanced experience who can help us develop our ideas and turn them into reality,” he says. “We believe with their expertise we will be able to learn a lot more and become professional businessmen.”

This is the fifth in a series of articles introducing participants in the RBC Summer Founders Program, leading up to a showcase of their prototypes on August 1 at EPICentre. Learn more on the centre’s website.