Bruce Hicks
Bruce Hicks
June 23, 2019

Combat Innovation


Bruce is an Electrical Engineering major at Florida Polytechnic University with a concentration in Control Systems. As an avid gamer, he had a dream in high school of recreating a fabric that could detect wounds– inspired from the video game Fallout.  He instantly began research and development on this fabric and even conceptualized the added utility of an automated tourniquet to prevent hemorrhaging. When he arrived at Florida Poly for his freshman year, he was provided the opportunity to pursue this dream. He now works with his team of other students to develop Combat Innovation. When he isn’t working on this product, he is training to compete in the 2024 Olympics in archery.

What is your business? It isn’t quite a business yet, but we are working on a military suit that can instantly detect wounds in combat and automatically prevent hemorrhaging.

Who are your clients? We are currently pre-launch, but our market consists of soldiers on the ground, special police units, and perhaps private contractors.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I just like creating things that can be useful to others– the entrepreneurial endeavor is simply a side effect.

What are some business wins? Winning the $2500 micro-grant from Catapult’s Launch program has been hugely helpful in the continued development of our prototype.

What are your short-term goals? Our primary objective in the near future is developing an electronic tourniquet that stops blood flow and integrating it into the wound detecting fabric.

How has Catapult helped you? Aside from the micro-grant we received per Catapult’s Launch program, it provides me a dedicated space to conduct research and meet with my team.

Secret Sauce? If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?! In all seriousness, I am extremely passionate about the things I do and I just don’t give up on them.




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