Previous Winners

2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

2015 Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $25,000
TIRE – Harding University
Team Members: Cody Veteto, Andrew Brackins, Zachary Clevinger, Austin Yates, Bradley Wheeler
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allen Frazier
TIRE’s tire-inflation regulatory system gives riders full dynamic control over tire pressure at their fingertips, maximizing traction to provide a more efficient and safer riding experience.

Second Place – $15,000
Charlie’s Choices – John Brown University
Team Members: Jeffrey Ewing, Erin Morningstar, Andrew Sauer, Abby Wilson, Nick Carson
Faculty Advisor: Eva Fast
Charlie’s Choices transforms disruptive sleep routines into an opportunity for parents to teach their children about the importance of rest. The flagship product is Charge-Me-Charlie, a patent-pending visual sleep timer that shows kids how long they need to stay in bed.

Third Place – $10,000
Opt-In – John Brown University
Team Members: Tayler Insuaste, Rachel Kyles, Travis White, Danielle Lochala
Faculty Advisor: Eva Fast
Web-based service Opt-In unifies the work and home lives of professional women while providing qualified talent to partnering companies.

2015 Graduate Winners

First Place – $25,000
Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University
Team Members: Joshua Baker, Kenneth Rains, Dirk Tanner, Justin Bagley, Franklin Kelley
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erick Chang
Agricultural Innovations’ WellsVision is a sensor-driven, solar-powered automated irrigation system that allows farmers to remotely monitor and control the watering of their fields.

Second Place – $15,000
Kordate Solutions Inc. – University of Arkansas
Team Members: Kenny Bierman, Phillip Turner, Rob Ekwerekwu, Joseph Post, Vincent Audo, Michael O’Brien
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Kordate Solutions focuses on developing a therapeutic, peptoid-based drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease from early on-set to severe dementia.

Third Place – $10,000
Baby Booster – University of Arkansas
Team Members: Kyle Oshman, Jonathan Marshall, Darren Quinn
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Baby Booster is a 3-in-1 prenatal protein supplement that includes prenatal vitamins, DHA, and protein.

2015 Arkansas Farm Bureau Award, First Place  $5,000

Baby Booster – University of Arkansas

2015 Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award, Second Place  $3,000

Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University

2015 Delta Plastics Innovation Award, Undergraduate – $5,000

Conner Innovation – University of Arkansas
Team Members: Grant Conner, Thomas Lynch, Olivia Dyer, Jack Guo
Faculty Advisor: Larry Brian
The Crew’s Missile device clears debris and sediment from low-water bridges and culverts. Its simple design allows it to be used with virtually any piece of heavy equipment such as tractors, backhoes, excavators, and skid steers. With its multiple, interchangeable collapsing scoops and extending main shaft, it can be adapted to any culvert drain or bridge size.

2015 Delta Plastics Innovation Award, Graduate – $5,000

Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University

2015 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award, Undergraduate  $2,000

TIRE – Harding University

2015 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award, Graduate  $2,000

Saf-Tech – Arkansas State University

2015 C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award Winners

$2,500 awarded to two educators and to their academic institutions ($10,000 total, granted by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation)

Eva Fast – John Brown University
Bryan McKinney, J.D. – Ouachita Baptist University


 

2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

2014 Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $25,000
Arleesa – John Brown University
Team Members: Andrea Good, Jeremy Enders, Chase Skelton, Jake Wilson
Faculty Advisor: Eva Fast
Arlessa allows families to customize dolls with their children by providing a variety of skin tones, body shapes, and ethnically accurate facial features, while centering on the companies core values: Character, self-esteem, diversity, imagination, and fun.

Second Place – $15,000
BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College
Team Members: Michael Iseman, Kelley Coakley, Rachel Zweig
Faculty Advisors: Jeff Amerine, Dr. Carol Reeves
BioBotic Solutions proposes using a robotic arm and conveyor system to replace the tedious task of “grossing” that pathologist assistants perform, reducing risk of human error.

Third Place – $10,000
Funding Fathers – John Brown University
Team Members: Christopher Hembree, Timothy Luff, Jacob Moore
Faculty Advisor: Eva Fast
Funding Fathers seeks to provide an alternative form of financing for new venture small businesses through a crowdfunding platform.

2014 Graduate Winners

First Place – $25,000
LumaDrop – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Brad Phelan, Neil Bora, Randy Cabrera, Joe Huff
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
LumaDrop is an alternative treatment for Wet-Type Age-Related Macular Degeneration (wet AMD). Rather than be doctor-administered by repeated injections directly into the eye, LumaDrop eye drops can be applied by the patient at home.

Second Place – $15,000
Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Justin Urso, Michael Finan, Jason Kohrig
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Datavis provides image-recognition inventory management software to replace the barcode
scanner. This technology identifies products on-shelf, in real time; therefore accelerating the retail audit and improving shelf compliance.

Third Place – $10,000
HemaNotics – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Scott Andrews, Andrew Boehm, Jackie Frentz
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Determining the correct dosing for prescription anticoagulant drug Coumadin is extremely challenging, requiring monthly, semimonthly, and even weekly blood tests for patients. HemaNotics removes this inconvenience for Coumadin users and improves the
accuracy at which doctors can assign dosages – saving both lives and money.

2014 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award, Undergraduate – $2,000

BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College

2014 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award, Graduate – $2,000

Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2014 Delta Plastics Innovation Award, Undergraduate  $5,000

BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College

2014 Delta Plastics Innovation Award, Graduate  $5,000

Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2014 C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award Winners

$2,500 awarded to two educators and to their academic institutions ($10,000 total, granted by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation)

Carol Reeves, Ph.D. – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Allen Frazier, Ph.D. – Harding University


2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

2013 Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $25,000  
Catch-22 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Team Members: James Rutherford, Ryan Guinee, Robert Grasby, Brandon Burroughs
Faculty Advisor: Richard Crane
Catch-22 will creative a liquid organic fertilizer from an undesirable fish that has invaded the Mississippi River Basin.

Second Place – $15,000
eScout – Ouachita Baptist University
Team Members: Connor Burke, Jason Cantwell, Sarah McKimmey
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Phil Rice
eScout is a video scouting service that aims to provide collegiate soccer coaches with quality footage of college showcase tournaments across the country.

Third Place – $10,000
Innovative Medical Sensor Tech. – Harding University
Team Members: Jeremiah Vivio, Paula Morales, Cory Miller, Hayden Shirley
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allen Frazier
Innovative Medical Sensor Tech. is a medical device tracking system utilizing RFID tagging.

2013 Graduate Winners

First Place – $25,000  
Picasolar – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Trish Flanagan, Matthew Young, Michael Miller, Seth Shumate
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Picasolar has developed a game-changing technology for the solar industry that will increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to 15 percent, while reducing silver costs by $20 million annually for an average manufacturer.

Second Place – $15,000
HomeDx – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Calvin Smith, Will Swearingen, Max Mahler, Daniel Cherry, Audra Mazzeo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
HomeDX provides rapid over-the-counter in-vitro diagnostic tests for food intolerances, sexually transmitted diseases, and other infectious diseases directly to the consumer.

Third Place – $10,000
EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Corey Thompson, Bill Ryan, Manish Phogat
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
EverClean Coating Solutions has developed a self-cleaning and anti-reflective coating that is low cast, easy to apply, and results in a solar cell efficiency improvement of 4 percent, and can prevent efficiency losses of up to 30 percent.

2013 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award – Undergraduate

TrustedWills.com – Ouachita Baptist University

2013 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award – Graduate

IsoLabs – Harding University

2013 Delta Plastics Innovation Award – Undergraduate

LifeB – Harding University

2013 Delta Plastics Innovation Award – Graduate

EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2013 Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award – Undergraduate

Catch-22 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Smart Soil – John Brown University


2012 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

2012 Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $25,000 
Simpler Solutions – John Brown University
Team Members: Shantelle Overby, Brandon Knight, Jamison Hofer
Faculty Advisor: Eva Fast
Simpler Solutions strives to be recognized by paint manufacturers as the leading company for paint sampling innovation, bridging the gap between consumer demands and market offerings.

Second Place – $15,000 
Hydrovate – John Brown University
Team Members: Tina Funk, Amanda Abramovitz, Josh Garrett, Rolando Ochoa
Faculty Advisor: Eva Fast
Hydrovate equips animal caretakers with efficient products that maximize animal health through the development of innovative hydration solutions.

Third Place – $10,000  
Vita “Intelligent” Labels – Harding University
Team Members: Daniela Hernandez, Davy Martinez, Taylor Barnett
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allen Frazier
Vita “Intelligent” Labels is a small label that changes color based on the pH balance of the food.

2012 Graduate Winners

First Place – $25,000 
Boston Mountain Biotech – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Ellen Brune, Stuart Brune
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Boston Mountain Biotech provides custom E. coli cell lines that allow pharmaceutical manufacturers to make their current products faster, with fewer losses, and more cost effectively.

Second Place – $15,000 
SpatiaLink Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Steve Fortner, John Miller, Aaron Huffaker, Nate Allen, Bethany Haefner
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
SpatiaLink Solutions develops software enabling category managers to break the mold of traditional business practices optimizing the shelf-design process whereby on-shelf availability is maximized and total supply chain costs are minimized.

Third Place – $10,000  
Learning DifferentiatED – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Barry James, Senthil Raman, Brandon Wright, Brandon Hill
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Learning DifferentiatED’s software program, manaGED Prep program, provides a curriculum geared toward the adult learner and aims to increase student retention rates. Shorter completion times will also reduce long student waiting lists at adult education programs, and increase profits for its customers – adult education schools.

2012 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award, Undergraduate

Hydrovate – John Brown University

2012 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award, Graduate

SpatiaLink Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2012 Delta Plastics Innovation Award, Undergraduate

Vita “Intelligent” Labels – Harding University

2012 Delta Plastics Innovation Award, Graduate

Innovative Athletic Solutions – John Brown University

2012 Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award, Undergraduate

Hydrovate – John Brown University

2012 Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award, Graduate

Cam Ah Co – Arkansas State University


 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

2011 Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $20,000
Agricultural Food Systems – John Brown University
Team Members: Kirk Dennison, Lawson Hembree, Lauren Kessler, David Andrade
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mike Kennelley
Agricultural Food Systems seeks to innovate systems for measuring food quality by providing pioneering technologies that increase value and build trust among agricultural food producers, processors and consumers. AFS’s flagship product, the TenderID, enables meat processors to measure tenderness in raw beef carcasses quickly and accurately on the production line.

Second Place – $10,000
Craftistas – John Brown University
Team Members: Zac Freeman, Troy Zellers, Camille Malkiewicz
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mike Kennelley
Direct sales company Craftistas will make crafting a more feasible and desirable reality by selling craft kits complete with the materials and instructions,

Third Place – $5,000
GardenCraft – John Brown University

Team Members: Bethany Kienlbauch, Zach Burks, Andrius Mikutis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mike Kennelley
GardenCraft offers do-it-yourself hypertufa projects that allow people to discover and channel their imaginations.

2011 Graduate Winners

First Place – $20,000
cycleWood Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Team Members: Jack Avery, Kevin Oden, Nhiem Cao, Priscila Silva, Blair Cocanower
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
cycleWood Solutions, LLC, offers a sustainable and profitable solution to conventional single-use plastic bags. The XyloBag is composed of a biodegradable lignin-based plastic and biodegrades in 150 days. The target market is the $4 billion U.S. plastic bag market.

Second Place  – $10,000
TiFiber, LLC – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Team Members: Craig Crismon, Joel Irons, Bhanu Koppolu, Alex Kieslich, Brock Hauser
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
TiFiber is seeking investment to bring an innovative solution to industrial filtration. The innovative technology transforms titanium dioxide into nano fibersheets.

Third Place – $5,000
Peas and Cues – John Brown University

Team Members: Carine Netto, Amanda Stacy, Brock Erdman, Ryland Allen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Delia Haak
Peas and Cues is dedicated to providing parents with a fun, creative and comprehensive curriculum to teach their child a foreign language at home. Its unique foreign language curriculum will enable parents to better prepare their children for success in an increasingly global marketplace.

2011 Innovation Award Winner  Graduate

Jeska Shoe Company – Southern Arkansas University
Team Members: Jessica Haynes, Kaci Matthews
Faculty Advisor: Jeramy Meacham
Jeska Shoe Company offers a cutting-edge high heel shoe concept to forever shake up the footwear industry. With both shoes and styles constantly evolving, the Jeska brand allows consumers to interchange both heels and accessories on a daily basis to appeal to a woman’s need for change.

2011 Innovation Award, Undergraduate

Agricultural Food Systems – John Brown University

2011 Agriculture Award, Graduate

cycleWood Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2011 Agriculture Award, Undergraduate

Agricultural Food Systems – John Brown University


2010 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2009 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2008 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2007 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2006 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2005 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2004 Arkansas Governor’s Awards for Entrepreneurial Development Winners

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2003 Arkansas Governor’s Awards for Entrepreneurial Development Winners

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2002 Arkansas Governor’s Awards for Entrepreneurial Development Winners

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2001 Arkansas Governor’s Awards for Entrepreneurial Development Winners

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