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Updated Aug 22, 2013 - 9:10 am

ASU student up for top entrepreneur award

SafeSIPP in South Africa. (Jared Schoepf Photo)

PHOENIX -- An Arizona State University student has been named a finalist for a top entrepreneur award.

According to ASU News, graduate student Jared Schoepf is among five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine's "College Entrepreneur of the Year" award.

Schoepf is a founding member of SafeSIPP, a water purification system that doubles the amount of water a person can transport while making it clean to drink. The technology could saves thousands of lives in Third World countries.

"The statistics are staggering," said Schoepf. "More than 3,000 children die each day in developing countries because they don't have access to clean, safe-to-consume water. When the SafeSIPP team set out to create our water system, we knew we had to address this issue as well as the transportation issue. So we invented a purification unit that attaches within the system so that, as the barrel is being transported, the water is simultaneously being purified as it moves."

Schoepf developed SafeSIPP with fellow classmates Lindsay Fleming and Taylor Barker while working in ASU's Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative.

To learn more about SafeSIPP, click here.

To vote for Schoepf, click here.

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