Previous Winners

2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

Undergraduate Division

First Place – $25,000
Drone Surveying Solutions – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Team Members: Robert Aikman, Corey Castleberry, Victoria Freshour, Mario Montenegro
Faculty Advisor: Stuart McLendon
Drone Surveying Solutions provides farmers with controlled, targeted solutions to a variety of agricultural issues by detecting and neutralizing threats to crops through the use of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) technology.

Second Place – $15,000
Natural State Bedding – John Brown University
Team Members: Jacob Hoskins, Calvin Huff, Walker Martin, Jeremiah Moore
Faculty Advisors: Eva Fast, Elana Carson
Natural State Bedding’s EcoAvia is a unique blend of organic materials that has the potential to increase flock health and quality; lower energy, ventilation, and propane costs; and increase production by allowing farms to raise at least one more flock per growing season.

Third Place – $10,000
Short Bow – University of Central Arkansas
Team Members: Ethan Erwin, Landon Lee
Faculty Advisor: Phil Bartos
The patented Short-Bow is a palm-held violin bow less than 12” in length that allows violinists and fiddle players to play in a more relaxed, guitar-like, abdomen-centered position, allowing the musician to play much like the guitar or mandolin, but with the added benefits of sustained tone unique to a haired bow.

Graduate Division

First Place – $25,000
VivImmune – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Team Members: Drew McKinnon, Corey Coston, Sean Smith
Faculty Advisor: Carol Reeves, Cynthia Sides
VivImmune’s cancer treatment platform combines immunotherapy with drug delivery. Immunotherapies are a new class of cancer therapies that work by teaching a patient’s own body to fight cancer. VivImmune’s lead molecule, VI-003, is initially being targeted for use against bladder cancer.

Second Place – $15,000
Actio Systems – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Team Members: M.J. Orellano, Matthew Gow, Amy Hardwick, Brett Thoms
Faculty Advisors: Carol Reeves, Cynthia Sides
Actio Systems’ HIPAA-compliant web/app-based platform helps appointment-based businesses address lost revenue and diminished customer service caused by cancelled and no-show
appointments.

Third Place – $10,000
deciLvl – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Team Members: Tara Shaw, J.P. Marzana, Anthony Sager, Don Walsh
Faculty Advisors: Carol Reeves, Cynthia Sides
The number of Noise Induced Hearing loss (NIHL) cases continues to increase due to a rise in noise pollution and a lack of proper hearing protection device (HPD) usage. deciLvl’s technology improves both comfort and noise protection of HPDs by using a protective membrane made of metamaterials, allowing safe noises to pass through while preventing harmful noise exposure.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Award, First Place  $5,000

AGCorp – Ouachita Baptist University
Team Members: Evan McKinnon, L.B. Hudson
Faculty Advisors: Chris Brune AGcorp (Advising Growers of Commodities On Real-time Prices) helps farmers get the best price for their crops through a simple mobile app. By providing farmers with a database of current cash bids for a designated area, AGcorp gives farmers access to new buyers and the ability to easily compare pricesmetamaterials, allowing safe noises to pass through while preventing harmful noise exposure.

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

Natural State Bedding – John Brown University

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award, Undergraduate – $5,000

Natural State Bedding – John Brown University

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award, Graduate – $5,000

VivImmune –  University of Arkansas

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

Drone Surveying Solutions – University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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

VivImmune –  University of Arkansas

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)

April Hearne – Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock
Erick Chang – Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

Undergraduate Division

First Place – $25,000
TIRE – Harding University
Team Members: Cody Veteto, Andrew Brackins, Zachary Clevinger, Austin Yates, Bradley Wheeler
Faculty Advisor: 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.

Graduate Division

First Place – $25,000
Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University
Team Members: Joshua Baker, Kenneth Rains, Dirk Tanner, Justin Bagley, Franklin Kelley
Faculty Advisor: 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: 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: Carol Reeves
Baby Booster is a 3-in-1 prenatal protein supplement that includes prenatal vitamins, DHA, and protein.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Award, First Place  $5,000

Baby Booster – University of Arkansas

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

Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University

Delta Plastics of the South 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.

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award, Graduate – $5,000

Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University

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

Undergraduate Division

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.

Graduate Division

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.

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

BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College

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

Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award, Undergraduate  $5,000

BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award, Graduate  $5,000

Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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

Undergraduate Division

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.

Graduate Division

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.

AT&T Elevator Pitch Award – Undergraduate

TrustedWills.com – Ouachita Baptist University

AT&T Elevator Pitch Award – Graduate

IsoLabs – Harding University

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award – Undergraduate

LifeB – Harding University

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award – Graduate

EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Awards – Undergraduate

Catch-22 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Smart Soil – John Brown University


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