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Loopy® Cases Takes First Place
In Two Prestigious Business Competitions

Loopy Cases’ innovative invention of the first smartphone case
with adjustable finger loop awarded First Place in
Purdue and Indiana University business idea competitions


Schererville, IN – April 3, 2013 –Loopy Cases, creator of Loopy®, the first smartphone case design with an adjustable finger loop to help prevent dropping the phone, has been awarded First Place in both the national Purdue University Calumet Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business IDEA Competition.


Purdue University Calumet Big Sell Entrepreneurs in Action Competition, March 23, 2013

The Big Sell is a national competition and for the third annual competition held in Merrillville, Indiana competitors came from Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Connecticut and Maryland. More than 50 competitors had just two minutes to pitch a business idea to 350+ audience members who voted using an electronic device as well as a panel of judges who questioned the competitors about their start-ups. The ideas presented were judged on innovation and feasibility, commercial potential and economic impact, marketability and related financial demands, as well as presentation credibility.

A Purdue Calumet graduate, Loopy Cases CEO JT Wangercyn began his Big Sell presentation pitch by dropping a dummy phone to grab the audience’s attention. He pointed out that the Loopy invention is the first smartphone case designed with a finger loop to help prevent dropping the phone. The innovative case design has a fully adjustable loop on the back to fit any size finger and is interchangeable, allowing the user to customize the color and style.

Explaining some of the benefits of the Loopy, JT Wangercyn said, “If you’re in bed holding up your cell phone checking your emails or text messages, the phone won’t drop on your head. If you’re reading, the loop serves as a kick-stand. And, if you are multitasking on the go or at your desk, the Loopy can free up both your hands.”

Loopy Cases was the First Place winner, taking home prizes include cash, volunteer legal, accounting and marketing services, office space at the Hammond Innovation Center and one year of services and guidance from the Entrepreneurship Center.

“We will use the cash prize from the Big Sell as an investment in the company,” added Wangercyn. “This business competition win is a validation of the Loopy design and an incentive to make our dream a reality – to achieve a strong market position in our industry by showing people how the Loopy is a smarter, more effective and practical way of protecting their phones.”


Indiana University Kelley School of Business IDEA Competition March 29, 2013

The fourth annual IU Kelley School of Business IDEA (Innovations Developed for Entrepreneurial Action) competition was held in Bloomington. The IDEA competition offers students in all disciplines across the Indiana University Bloomington campus to present their innovative ideas in the form of a feasibility study before a panel of judges. Contestants have the opportunity to win up to $7,000.

44 teams applied and 12 were accepted to give a two-minute pitch.  From there they were narrowed down to six final teams and required to give a five-minute pitch followed by a vigorous ten minute Q&A. The judges evaluated the written plan and presentation of each team. They also considered the innovative concept and feasibility of its implementation.

First Place winner was the Loopy Cases team, IU graduate and Loopy Cases co-founder/CCO Jim Wangercyn and his brother JT. They received $5,000 and an offer to help create a short promotional video from Brad Wisler of SproutBox, a local technology incubator, as well as placement in the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (JCEI) student incubator, the Hoosier Hatchery.


About Loopy Cases

Loopy Cases LLC is a start-up company providing an industry first in smartphone cases, the Loopy® Case. The innovative Loopy design is a non-bulky smartphone case with an adjustable finger loop on the back of the case. The Loopy provides a cost-saving solution for smartphone users, helping to prevent them from dropping their phones and giving them greater convenience, security, and freedom of movement while using their phones. The company has applied for a patent and is engaged in further research and development. Committed to excellent customer care and service, Loopy Cases is on a mission to “Stop the Drop.” For more information, please visit the company website, http://www.loopycases.com.



Media Contact:
Colin Trethewey, PRmediaNow

t: (813) 480-1354    e: colin@prmedianow.com


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Hold Your Phone with Your Left Hand?

Not a problem!


Below are some frequently asked questions to help you decide if a lefty model Loopy is for you.  In short, it's all about which hand you predominantly HOLD your phone with :)


If you'd like to purchase a left-handed Loopy, simply type out 'LEFTY' in your order during checkout in the notes section. If you're ordering multiple Loopy Cases, please note which models you'd like a LEFTY version of as well.


(Please click any question to expand the answer)

Do I need a left-handed model Loopy?

The best way to decide whether you need a left-handed version is answered by this question: which hand do you hold your phone with MOST of the time? If the left hand, please request a LEFTY model via the instructions above. If the right hand, no note is needed since this is the default orientation for Loopy :)


What is the difference between a lefty and righty Loopy?

The loop angle. We set the loop at a specific angle for the most comfort and best performance of your case. You can see the loop angle below:


LEFTY Loopy Example

LEFTY Loopy Example

RIGHTY Loopy Example

RIGHTY Loopy Example

Can I still use my phone with my right hand if I get a lefty model?

Absolutely. Most of us here at Loopy HQ use our cases with both hands with EASE. Our loops are made to be comfortable and versatile for use with both of your hands. The loop angle is simply there to give you maximum comfort with your dominant hand, but does not hinder your ability to use it with the other.


I'm right-handed but use my phone with my left hand. Should I get a lefty?

Think about the question within the first FAQ question written here. This should help you determine what is best for you!


Anything else I should know?

Keep in mind that you will be able to use your phone one-handed with a Loopy. This is a game changer! Using your phone one-handed is awesome. Select your dominant hand based on the info above and you shouldn't have a problem at all :)