“You should pursue this as a real company”

CWRU alumnus and EveryKey CEO Chris Wentz

At least once a week, between my office and my favorite Little Italy lunch spot, I walk by the office of a true Case Western Reserve University success story. 

The sign out front reads “EveryKey.” The ideas inside came to life in a Weatherhead School of Management entrepreneurship class, when Chris Wentz and his team presented a Bluetooth device that unlocks your phone, laptop, car door and other access-controlled devices when you are nearby. It then locks them down when you walk away.

Watch this video to hear Chris tell his story. 

“The professor loved the idea so much that he came up to us and shook our hands and said, ‘Guys, you should pursue this as a real company. In fact, I’d like to invest my own money to get this off the ground.’ ”

Chris is among the CWRU students, faculty and alumni on display at CES in Las Vegas Jan. 7-10. It’s the seventh straight year the university has displayed at the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Meet our CES entrepreneurs and inventors.

See how your ideas can become something tangible. And if running a business isn’t your dream, a CWRU connection can still take you far—8 of EveryKey’s 10 in-house employees are CWRU grads.