1st Place Award: My Heart Outcomes
2nd Place Award: Exuma Health
3rd Place Award: Global Security and Intelligence (GSI), LLC
4th Place Award: Ortho on Demand
Semifinalist Winners: Nanotechnovate, TicketRx, YouSpin, Gr8box, Inc., Strange Days Brewing Co., EdBridge Inc., HammerSpace, Mild Stranger Productions, Centered Spirit, Rehab360, BluePrint 3D, Pennex
Outstanding Business Plan Awards: Rehab360
Outstanding Elevator Pitch Awards: My Heart Outcomes
Outstanding Venture Expo Awards: Ortho on Demand
MU's Entrepreneurship Scholars and Interns Program Award: Pennez
1st Place Award: Mobility Designed
2nd Place Award: Midwest Elite Academy LLC
3rd Place Award: Sollular Connections
4th Place Award: Blueprint
Semifinalist Winners: Smart Steps LLC, FitFinder, RIDE417, Home Contained LLC, Elegantly Expressed Wedding Decor, Sweet Dane’s Toffee, LearnSaxophoneOnline.com, Wordsmith, Lending Standard 2.0, Premier Promotions LLC, BizKids4Hire, R4Tek
Outstanding Business Plan Awards: mooncalf, LLC and Blueprint
Outstanding Elevator Pitch Awards: Sweet Dane’s Toffee and Mobility Designed
Outstanding Venture Expo Awards: LearnSaxophoneOnline.com and R4Tek
1st Place Award: MidEast Student Link
2nd Place Award: Fulkerson Fabrication
3rd Place Award: Missouri Truck Ferry
4th Place Award: Informed Health Solutions LLC
Semifinalist Winners: La Demure, Royal Loyal, Mi Zócalo, MidEast Student Link, Fulkerson Fabrication, Informed Health Solutions LLC, Novak Systems, Kampusphere, Spyneware, Sigma Sourcing, MerchMate.co, Rest, Renew & Relax Sleep Center, Enduralock, LLC, Zorilla Research, LLC, Souk, Missouri Truck Ferry
Outstanding Business Plan Awards: Enduralock LLC and Fulkerson Fabrication
Outstanding Elevator Pitch Awards: MerchMate.co and Missouri Truck Ferry
Outstanding Venture Expo Awards: Mi Zócalo and Rest, Renew & Relax Sleep Center
Faculty Choice Award: DNA Identity
Regnier Venture Creation Challenge WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the Regnier
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are
pleased to announce the winners of the annual
Regnier Venture Creation Challenge.
Special Awards Outstanding Elevator Pitch:
Recognizes the team with the best elevator pitch at the start of the day.
Bye Bye Binky
Outstanding Founding Team Award:
Recognizes the team that is particularly well-suited to their venture.
Stand Up for Good
Innovative Business Model Award:
most innovative model of sustainable business.
Game Changer Innovation Award:
Recognizes student ventures with the highest potential for changing a company or market.
Bye Bye Binky
K & C Solutions Shamerrific®
FIRST PLACE AWARD WINNERS
K&C Solutions Shamerrific
Second Place Finalist Awards
Bye Bye Binky
Tappecue by Innovating Solutions, LLC
DYCON Productions, LLC
Third Place Finalist Awards
Low-Exotherm Bone Cement
On Your Way Home
Mark Medical, Inc.
Fourth Place Finalist Awards
Stand Up For Good
Jeanette Knittel Apparel
The Soccer Lot
VENTURE CREATION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Regnier Family Foundations/Bank of Blue Valley Regnier Venture Creation Challenge.
More than 100 judges, investors and entrepreneurs looked at 65 competing teams, finally narrowing down the winners to 15, grouped accordingly.
Awards with Highest Distinction:
Description: EasyStrep is a liquid compound, available in a spray and child-friendly ice pop, that will bring disruptive innovation to the way doctor’s test for strep throat. EasyStrep works when a patient ingests the pleasant-tasting liquid, allowing it to coat his or her throat. Then, a medical provider shines an ultraviolet light into the patient’s mouth, and, if the bacteria are present, they glow. EasyStrep provides a pain-free, one-step way of testing for strep that will replace the current two-step method, which causes gagging and pain for patients and requires medical providers to perform expensive follow-up tests.
Alpha 1 Biologics LLC
Description: The CD4 QTest, using patented technology, is a low-cost, saliva-based, rapid diagnostic test for screening CD4 counts in HIV/AIDS patients, promptly identifying those eligible for anti-retroviral therapy.
The Housing Hawk
Description: The Housing Hawk is an online database of apartments and homes that connects college students to the off-campus housing options in their area. Created in February 2011, The Housing Hawk is currently serving students at The University of Kansas in Lawrence through an easily scalable model.
Description: FolioBoy is a FREE public platform for students and professionals to post their school projects and achievements so they are seen and heard by the best employers worldwide. Through application of location-based services marketing and social media strategies, FolioBoy reengineers hiring practices using documents that students upload to help connect them with job openings.
BHB Insurance Services LLC
Description: The Innocent Spouse and Family Protection Plan, P2, is a unique and patented product designed to bridge the coverage gap that exposes a police officers’ family assets from a punitive damage judgment. While the law does not allow direct insurance of the police officer using the "innocent spouse doctrine", BHB can insure and protect the assets of the officers' life partner.
Awards with High Distinction:
Robotic Archival Retrieval System
Description: Robotic Slides System is for laboratory personnel, allowing them to control a robotic mechanism via interface software. The mechanism is able to store and retrieve tissue sample cassettes (blocks of tissue) and slides from an archival cabinet. The product was invented by Dr. Ossama Tawfik M.D., P.h.D and is currently being developed by Dr. Tawfik collectively with staff at KU Medical Center.
Description: Nstox is a web-based data management and decision support software mainly serving small to mid-sized retailers. Nstox not only helps retailers optimize their pricing, inventory, product assortment, and promotional efforts, but also standardizes their data for use in web applications.
Description: RippnFish.com, the brand name for Outdoors-E LLC, is a web application that connects fishing enthusiasts with their perfect sport fishing adventure.
Description: Mobi LLC is dedicated to providing the fast-paced mobile society with an ability to play home gaming consoles anywhere. The user has the ability to safely transport their console gaming electronics in a convenient and secure manner.
Fine Foods of America
Description: Fine Foods of America Inc. is a food manufacturer focusing on high quality, epicurean tomato-based condiments. The first product line consists of ketchups offering variety in a mature product category, introducing consumers to new flavor choices and expanded use of ketchup products. The brand value proposition is increased enjoyment of a wide range of foods through use of new original richer flavor tomato-based condiments targeted to the adult market.
Awards with Distinction:
PharXm Natural Supplements
Description: PharXm Natural is an online start-up venture that uses natural supplements and provide a top quality nutritional supplement to patients with complex disease states such as diabetes.
Description: ™AllergenEater is a line of portable, filtration purifying and containment systems designed for cars that traps, purifies, and cleanses the air in an efficient self-sustaining manner. An ™AllergenEater resembles a condensed version of an air purification device (like an ionizer or home smoke eliminator).
Amenergia Solar Power Systems
Description: Cost-effective solar power systems that increase the value of a customer’s property and immediately reduce monthly expenses. Customers can take advantage of the savings with no money down.
Smart Device Safety Solutions
Description: Smart Device Safety Solutions reduces distracted driving by selectively blocking incoming calls and text messages to a designated phone while the vehicle is on.
Description: The Community creates a loyalty system that stores and handles customer transactions and analysis to assist in better business decisions for local food and drink establishments while creating stronger relationships with their community (patrons.)
In addition to the winning teams, special awards were given to the following teams:
Outstanding Sales Presentation (Best Elevator Pitch): EasyStrep; Amenergia Solar Power; SystemAlpha 1 Biologics, LLC
Outstanding Sales and Marketing Plan Award: The Soccer Lot
Innovative Business Model Award: OpenSea
VENTURE CREATION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
In addition to the cash award received at the competition on April 29, winning teams will be invited to join the IEI Student Venture Programs which will include access to launch incubator office space, mentors and entrepreneur-in-residence assessment.
Highest Potential Awards:
Venture Description: Nearly 1.2 million legal professionals and students spend an average of 70% of their time on Legal Research & Writing. RE:Cite is a productivity and collaboration tool that aids users in effective organization of research material and automating citation, decreasing time spent on Legal Research & Writing by 50% and saving attorneys an average of 500 billable hours per year for the price of about 2 billable hours per year. As a platform neutral program, RE:Cite will be widely accessible, affordable, and easy to use and will help create more efficient and professional work product.
Venture Description: Forms are necessary for businesses; they record essential information and are invaluable if they are filed well and easily accessible. Traditional paper forms become weighty paper files, which require perpetual maintenance. Electronic alternative are only affordable by large firms; leaving smaller firms burdened with the ongoing cost of paper forms, labor to file them, and office space to store them.
Real Life 101
Venture Description: Real Life 101.com is where college students go, for what they need to know. Our interactive website offers videos, articles, and customized advice to help students find answers to their personal, professional, academic, and financial questions, quickly and efficiently. Universities purchase customized website licenses to extend their existing Student Services offering, filling the gap between what students learn in school, and what they need to know for life.
Venture Description: SmartPharm is a startup venture with a focus on increasing medication adherence. We help Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) reduce their clients' healthcare costs by improving medication adherence through patient-facing pharmacy and medication-related technology.
Venture Description: America and China Educational Link (ACEL) will be headquartered in the Kansas City metro area. ACEL will begin operations this year, connecting inland Chinese private high school graduates with mid-tier US universities. ACEL will provide hands on services to the students helping them apply to US universities and adapting to new circumstances when they are in the US.
MOST PROMIsing awards:
Wi-Fido Wireless Dog Monitoring
Venture Description: Wi-Fido is the only implantable wireless monitoring service for dog owners and their vets providing peace of mind and security through 24/7 access to vital pet health information by computer or smart phone. Wi-Fido improves care for valued companion animals, show animals and rescue animals through unique "no worry" bundle of technology, installation and monitoring service. The service taps the growing demand for "human-like" diagnostic services in the rapidly increasing pet services industry.
Venture Description: We have developed patentable designs for modular, removable, utility-accessible pavement slabs for use by municipalities. We are in preliminary discussions with a local public works department to provide 1.2 lane-miles of our precast prestressed concrete pavement (PPCP) slabs for a project this summer. We are assembling a team of experienced contractors to partner with us on this project, and we need to acquire startup funding and recruit additional team members to deliver the project currently under discussion.
Venture Description: KINERGI Systems, LLC is dedicated to maximizing the net operating income of commercial buildings by providing new lighting systems with flexible payment plans.
RegStat Nursing Resources
Venture Description: 1920 is a consulting service and retail store offering business clothes for professional women who need fit, style and convenience. Unlike chain boutiques and department stores, 1920 offers custom suiting, full tailoring and personal consultations which provide customers with personalized service, quality suiting and a customized look.
Venture Description: Aphrodite is a custom fit and design bra business. We provide our clients with bras made exactly to their physical specifications through the use of 3D body scanning technology. We are a mass customization company that provides clients with solutions to the many issues that surround finding a bra that fits properly. Our business makes money by delivering exactly what customers want, within 14 days, at a price similar to what they would pay for an inferior product at a department or specialty store.
Venture Description: Build-A-Beer will provide a retail store and workshop that will give homebrewers of any skill level the resources they need to create great beer. The workshop will provide an entertaining environment where novices and experts alike can brew beer using top-of-the-line brewing equipment, while the retail store will provide the supplies, equipment, and expertise for brewers for home use.
Venture Description: Dooli Noted offers corporate social recognition software developed to provide a channel for employees to easily and instantly recognize their coworkers’ achievements. Recognition is securely captured and collected for use by employees, managers, and human resources. The software will be marketed and licensed both as a stand-alone recognition tool, and through established corporate recognition company partners.
Venture Description: Did you know that 1-4 women will be assaulted sometime in their college career? We have created a device to keep women safe and confident. Safe Trace is a keychain that creates a disturbing noise to draw attention and scare away the attacker when activated. Products such as Garmin GTU10 are very similar. The difference is that Safe Trace holds a tracking device that notifies campus security of the location of the victim so security can immediately arrive to the scene. Safe Trace will provide women security and put an end to violent crimes on school campuses.
Venture Description: Green REIT is a real estate investment trust with assets based in renewable energy and green technology. These assets could include wind farms, solar farms, hydro-technical plant, geothermal plants and other green based real estate assets. A real estate investment trust is a corporate structure design to acquire, manage, operate and dispose of real estate assets. It is similar to a mutual fund or hedge fund but instead of purchasing stocks and bonds and REIT acquires real estate assets. The benefits of a REIT are its tax implications at both the corporate level and investor level. Green REIT’s main function will be to purchase or develop renewable energy assets, operate and manage those assets and then dispose of those assets as outline in Green REIT’s investment criteria.
Best Prototype from the Prototype ShowCase:
Mannequin for Educational Purposes - Michael Quijas, Christopher Franklin
Best Prototype from the VCC:
Venture Description: EA, LLC is revolutionizing the entire wedding industry one city at a time. EA Bride, a magazine different than any other in the market, is the starting point to create a customizable wedding community that can be scaled to the mass market. An auxiliary line of businesses are soon to follow, including a website to compliment the publication, a web based business to bring vendors and couples together, and a planning guide complete with a comprehensive directory to assist couples in the planning process and build the EA Brand.
Best Business Plan:
Integrated Roadways - Tim Sylvester
Best elevator Pitch:
1920 - Emily Akin, Amy Andrade, Heather Beheler, Jamie Berry, Tracy Crockett
Best Sales and Marketing:
FormMonkey - Andrew Kallenbach
Best International Business:
ACEL - Huan Ding
Most Profitable Venture:
SmartPham - Scott Halvorson
Game Changer Innovation:
Integrated Roadways - Tim Sylvester
Best Business Model:
Dooli Noted - Ben Vetter, John Bailey, Chris Crawford
Most Promising Founding Team:
Wi-Fido Wireless Dog Monitoring - Anne Spenner, Heather Humphrey, Amy Hunkeler, Chris Lehan, Rob McCaslin, Catherine Moussa, Tom Tasset
V-Choc - Mike Pritchett, Will Grinnen, Anne Poeser, Meghan Thomas
Venture Description: V-Choc is a promising start-up company that will develop and market chocolate to health conscious people.
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