Previous Winners

2013 Undergraduate Winners

$25,000 – First Place
Catch-22
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Team members: James Rutherford, Ryan Guinee, Robert Grasby, Brandon Burroughs
Team advisor: Richard Crane

2nd Place – $15,000
eScout
Ouachita Baptist University
Team members: Connor Burke, Jason Cantwell, Sarah McKimmey
Team advisor: Phil Rice, Ph.D.

3rd Place – $10,000
Innovative Medical Sensor Tech.
Harding University
Team members: Jeremiah Vivio, Paula Morales, Cory Miller, Hayden Shirley
Team advisor: Allen Frazier, Ph.D.

2013 Graduate Winners

$25,000 – First Place
Picasolar
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team members: Trish Flanagan, Matthew Young, Michael Miller, Seth Shumate
Team advisor: Carol Reeves, Ph.D.

2nd Place – $15,000
HomeDx
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team members: Calvin Smith, Will Swearingen, Max Mahler, Daniel Cherry, Audra Mazzeo
Team advisor: Carol Reeves, Ph.D.

3rd Place – $10,000
EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team members: Corey Thompson, Bill Ryan, Manish Phogat
Team advisor: Carol Reeves, Ph.D.

2013 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award - Undergraduate

TrustedWills.com

2013 AT&T Elevator Pitch Award - Graduate

IsoLabs

2013 Delta Plastics Innovation Award – Undergraduate

LifeB

2013 Delta Plastics Innovation Award – Graduate

EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC

2013 Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award – Undergraduate

Catch-22

2013 Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award – Graduate

Smart Soil

 

2012 Undergraduate Winners

$25,000 – First Place
Simpler Solutions – John Brown University
Faculty Advisor – Ms. Eva Fast
Team Members – Shantelle Overby, Brandon Knight, Jamison Hofer
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.

$15,00 – Second Place
Hydrovate – John Brown University
Faculty Advisor - Ms. Eva Fast
Team Members - Tina Funk, Amanda Abramovitz, Josh Garrett, Rolando Ochoa
Hydrovate equips animal caretakers with efficient products that maximize animal health through the
development of innovative hydration solutions.

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

2012 Graduate Winners

$25,000 – First Place
Boston Mountain Biotech – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Carol Reeves
Team Members - Ellen Brune, Stuart Brune
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.

$15,000 – Second Place
SpatiaLink Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Carol Reeves
Team Members – Steve Fortner, John Miller, Aaron Huffaker, Nate Allen, Bethany Haefner
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.

$10,000 – Third Place
Learning DifferentiatED – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Carol Reeves
Team Members – Barry James, Senthil Raman, Brandon Wright, Brandon Hill
Learning DifferentiatED developed a software program, manaGED Prep that is based on our President’s 91% student retention rate and 100% GED pass rate with his students. The manaGED Prep program (1) provides a curriculum that is specifically geared toward the adult learner and (2) increases student retention rates. Shorter completion times will also reduce long student waiting lists at adult education programs, and increase profits for our 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 Undergraduate Winners

$20,000 – First Place
Agricultural Food Systems – John Brown University

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mike Kennelley
Team Members – Kirk Dennison, Lawson Hembree, Lauren Kessler, David Andrade
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.


$10,000 – Second Place
Craftistas – John Brown University
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mike Kennelley
Team Members – Zac Freeman, Troy Zellers, Camille Malkiewicz
Craftistas is a direct sales company seeking to cultivate the desire for creativity by providing convenient crafting experiences. By selling craft kits complete with the materials and instructions to make a craft, Craftistas will make crafting a more feasible and desirable reality.


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

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mike Kennelley
Team Members – Bethany Kienlbauch, Zach Burks, Andrius Mikutis
GardenCraft is a company that focuses on the expression of creativity through offering a do-it-yourself hypertufa projects that allow people to discover and channel their imaginations.

 

2011 Graduate Winners

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

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


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

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


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

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

 

2011 Innovation Award Winner – Graduate

Jeska Shoe Company – Southern Arkansas University
Faculty Advisor – Jeramy Meacham
Team Members – Jessica Haynes, Kaci Matthews
Jeska Shoe Company will offer 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

2011 Agriculture Award – Undergraduate

Agricultural Food Systems, John Brown University

2010 Undergraduate Winners

$20,000 – First Place
Arkansas Auto-Fluff – University of Arkansas
Faculty Advisor – Mark Zweig
Team Members – Mason Miller, Greg Savage, Ashley Giles, Alex Spinks
An Arkansas company that specializes in the recycling of end of life plastics from the waste stream of the automobile industry. The company is able to combine two current problems into one profitable solution.

Arkansas Auto Fluff

Arkansas Auto Fluff – University of Arkansas
Team Members – Mason Miller, Greg Savage, Ashley Giles, Alex Spinks

$10,000 – Second Place
Interactive Convenience Electronics, LLC – University of Arkansas

Faculty Advisor – Jeff Amerine
Team Members – Lucas Herrington, Ketan Chawla
Our vision is to become the premier multi-user, touchscreen tabletop computer service provider in the South Central United States. We will strive to provide the computers, software applications, service and expertise necessary to foster the growth of convenience electronics in this fast-paced world where time is money and convenience is golden.

Interactive Convenience Electronics, LLC, University of Arkansas Team Members - Lucas Herrington, Ketan Chawla

Interactive Convenience Electronics, LLC – University of Arkansas
Team Members – Lucas Herrington, Ketan Chawla

$5,00 – Third Place
Fore Your Swing - John Brown University

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mike Kennelley and Mandy Moore
Team Members – Susan Ashley, Melinda Roberts, Natalia Ramirez, Brian Urquidez
Fore Your Swing is a company that seeks to provide customers an incomparable golfing experience that fosters both entertainment and quick improvement for golfers in the communities we serve.

Fore Your Swing, John Brown University Team Members - Susan Ashley, Melinda Roberts, Natalia Ramirez, Brian Urquidez

Fore Your Swing – John Brown University
Team Members – Susan Ashley, Melinda Roberts, Natalia Ramirez, Brian Urquidez

2010 Graduate Winners

$20,000 – First Place
InnerVision, LLC – University of Arkansas

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Carol Reeves
Team Members – Jeff Veltkamp, Anoop Prasanna, Annelie Reckling, Elizabeth Slape, Byron Western
InnerVision’s Smart Turbine Blade enables power generation facilities to radically change their maintenance programs, saving them millions of dollars each year on interval-based maintenance. Our Smart Turbine Blade captures real-time diagnostic information from the inside of the turbine and transmits data wirelessly to the outside.

InnerVision, LLC, University of Arkansas Team Members - Jeff Veltkamp, Anoop Prasanna, Annelie Reckling, Elizabeth Slape, Byron Western

InnerVision, LLC – University of Arkansas
Team Members – Jeff Veltkamp, Anoop Prasanna, Annelie Reckling, Elizabeth Slape, Byron Western

$10,000 – Second Place
BiologicsMD - University of Arkansas

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Carol Reeves
Team Members – Michael Thomas, Dr. Misty Stephens, Paul Mlakar, Dr. Robyn Goforth
BiologicsMD is a medication development company start by four University of Arkansas graduate students. The team has relevant experience in drug development, management, marketing, grant writing and regulatory processes. We are commercializing a new patent-pending, pre-clinical, osteoporosis medication called OsteoFlor. Competitive osteoporosis product classes are limited by side effects and low efficacy at growing new bone. OsteoFlor will increase bone mineral density over twice as much as the leading medication in a single annual dose. Importantly, it has has no observed side effects in preclinical studies. Osteoporosis drug sales reached $2 billion in the U.S. and $9 billion globally in 2008. Based upon industry comparables, we expect OsteoFlor will be valued at $160 after a successful Phase I clinical trial. Given the current pharmaceutical R&D pipeline gap, pending patent expirations, and product advantages, OsteoFlor represents a promising opportunity for acquisition by a large pharmaceutical company.

BiologicsMD, University of Arkansas Team Members - Michael Thomas, Dr. Misty Stephens, Paul Mlakar, Dr. Robyn Goforth

BiologicsMD – University of Arkansas
Team Members – Michael Thomas, Dr. Misty Stephens, Paul Mlakar, Dr. Robyn Goforth

$5,000 – Third Place
Green Valley Solar, LLC – University of Arkansas

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Carol Reeves
Team Members – Douglas Hutchings, Brent Bertelsen, Stephen Ritterbush, Seth Shumate
GVS has a new, better way of making the silicon in solar panels that reduces costs and boosts performance substantially, and we do it with equipment the industry has used for the past 40 years.

Green Valley Solar, LLC, University of Arkansas Team Members - Douglas Hutchings, Brent Bertelsen, Stephen Ritterbush, Seth Shumate

Green Valley Solar – LLC, University of Arkansas
Team Members – Douglas Hutchings, Brent Bertelsen, Stephen Ritterbush, Seth Shumate

2009 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

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2004 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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