University of Arkansas business-plan teams continued their run of graduate-level domination at the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Wednesday, sweeping the top three places.
Picasolar took first followed by HomeDx and EverClean Coating Solutions.
On the undergraduate level, though, top bill in the state’s collegiate business-plan realm is up for grabs. This year, it went to UALR’s Catch-22. Ouachita’s eScout and IMST of Harding took second and third.
The UA placed four of six graduate finalists, and two of 15 undergrad semifinalists. Schools outside of Fayetteville indeed are making more noise, at least on the undergrad level.
Read more about the event, including a complete list of winners, in Arkansas Business’ coverage here. And keep reading for more on the winning teams.
But first, some notes.
Now, more about those winners. There were some really great ideas….
Picasolar, of course, is using Seth Shumate’s patent-pending technology to potentially dramatically impact the solar cell industry to the tune of a 15 percent increase in cell efficiency and savings of $20 million annually for the average manufacturer.
HomeDx provides fast, at-home diagnostic kits for food allergies and STDs. EverClean Coating Solutions (which also won the grad-level Innovation Award) has developed a self-cleaning and anti-reflective nano coating that was made for the glass in solar panels.
(Both Picasolar and EverClean are Arkansas Science & Technology Authority firms.)
Catch-22 (also the Agriculture Award winner) wants to make liquid, organic fertilizer of Asian carp that have invaded the Mississippi River basin and threaten native fish and plants, and eScout is a video scouting service for college soccer coaches. IMST — Innovative Medical Sensor Tech — has developed a tracking system for medical devices.
LifeB of Harding, the undergrad Innovation winner, is a small, autonomous boat used to help with the training and safety needs of open-water swimmers. John Brown University’s Smart Soil (second in the Ag division) has developed a patented soil compaction sensor called the Smart Sensor.
Elevator pitch contest winners were determined by the audience thanks to IA’s Sumotext (dare we say it, the world leader in mobile marketing). They were:
Other grad finalists were UA’s ParadigMed and its low-cost, disposable, non-surgical circumcision device for use in outpatient settings, and UALR’s MitoGene, a hydrogen-infused sports beverage developed at UAMS.
Undergrad semifinalists also included UA’s 50/50 One Eighty, which will sort demolition and construction waste; Aerial Advantage Photography Services of Henderson State, ground-based aerial photography; Harding’s AgWell, an irrigation system app for farmers; ARAquaFarm of Arkansas State, aquaphonics products; MedBase from Harding; personal health records software; UA’s Nat Gas Solutions, compressed natural gas compression device for vehicles; JBU’s Practical Homecare Devices, motorized lifting device called Ascend for folks who need help accessing the toilet; Smart Feeder from Harding, food dispenser for horses, and Stuffed Burritos from OBU, innovative mobile food.