Finalists Announced for Arkansas Governor's Cup Business Plan Contest

by Mark Carter  on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 10:27 am  

Semifinalists and finalists have been announced for the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition, which features the state's best collegiate business plans.

The event is scheduled for April 10 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

The semifinalists and finalists are:

Undergraduate Innovation Finalists

  • LifeB – Harding University
  • Nat Gas Solution – University of Arkansas
  • Practical Homecare Device – John Brown University

Graduate Innovation Finalists

  • EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas
  • HomeDx – University of Arkansas
  • Iso Labs – Harding University

Undergraduate Agriculture Finalists

  • ARAquaFarm, LLC – Arkansas State University
  • Catch-22 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Smart Feeder – Harding University
  • Smart Soil – John Brown University

Undergraduate Semifinalists

  • 50/50 One Eighty – University of Arkansas
  • Aerial Advantage Photography Services – Henderson State University
  • AgWell, Inc. – Harding University
  • Catch-22 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • eScout – Ouachita Baptist University
  • Innovative Medical Sensor Tech – Harding University
  • MedBase – Harding University
  • Practical Homecare Devices – John Brown University
  • Smart Feeder – Harding University
  • Smart Soil – John Brown University
  • Stuffed Burritos – Ouachita Baptist University
  • TrustedWills.com – Ouachita Baptist University

Graduate Finalists

  • EverClean Coating Solutions, LLC – University of Arkansas
  • HomeDx – University of Arkansas
  • Iso Labs – Harding University
  • MitoGene, LLC – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • ParadigMed, LLC – University of Arkansas
  • Picasolar – University of Arkansas

Each year, the Governor's Cup pits the best business plans from college students across the state against one another in a competition for $154,000 in cash prizes. Winners from the Arkansas Governor's Cup will compete against state winners from Oklahoma and Nevada in the Tri-State Governor's Cup in May in Las Vegas. Arkansas winners historically have fared well at Tri-State.

The 12 undergraduate semifinal teams will make oral presentations to a panel of judges on April 4 at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville. Undergrad finalists will be selected the next day, and they will join the graduate finalists in another round of oral presentations to determine the winners.

All winners will be announced at the Governor's Cup on April 10, and elevator pitch winners will be determined through audience participation there as well.

The Governor's Cup is a project of the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group.

"The critical thinking and hands-on development required of this competition benefits the students throughout their lives," Sam Walls, CEO of Arkansas Capital and chairman of AEAF, said in a news release. "Whether the students who compete in the competition go on to launch the businesses they developed through the Governor’s Cup program or go on to be successful business leaders in other areas, the skills acquired are invaluable."

 

 

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