The Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Award is the pinnacle of Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competitions in Arkansas, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

The first and second place winners in the undergraduate and graduate divisions in each competition are invited Las Vegas to compete for a total cash prize pool of $118,000.

The Title Sponsor for Tri-State is the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Since 2008, the Reynolds Foundation has generously granted funding for the Tri-State cash prize pool and hotel, travel, and other competition expenses for students and judges. Since 2004, the Reynolds Foundation has annually funded the cash prize pools for the Arkansas, Nevada, and Oklahoma Governor’s Cup competitions.

The Presenting Sponsor for Tri-State is the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG). The event is managed by the ACCG’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF). AEAF works in partnership with colleagues from Innovation to Enterprise in Oklahoma and from the Nevada Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan consortium; Truckee Meadows Community College, Sierra Nevada College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and University of Nevada Reno.

Tri-State 2015 will be May 27 and 28 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The competition begins with a reception for competitors May 27 at 5:45 p.m. Undergraduate and Graduate Division competitions are held May 28.

The first and second place award winners in the graduate and undergraduate tracks will be announced at the Awards Dinner, which will be streamed LIVE from the Mirage Hotel May 28 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST. (8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CST). All competitors will be making elevator pitches during the dinner before the awards are presented. 


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