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First place and winner of $25,000 is IX Powerclean Water, Inc who commercializes clean water and safe power innovations that were developed at U.S. Department of Energy laboratories. Its first product, OrganiClear, was developed to remove toxic organic hydrocarbons from water used in oil and gas operations, agriculture, mining and other industrial processes.
"Although we've been working on the launch of our product OrganiClear for over a year, the program the challenge put us through really focused our thinking on the market, prospective customers, and how we can raise capital to achieve our business goals. We are excited to be this year's E-Challenge grand prize winner," said IX Power Clean Water CEO John R. (Grizz) Deal.
Second place and winner of $15,000 is Tabrific LLC, who offers customers a more personalized gifting option for creating experiences around an idea, product or event. Text, video and audio can be used in a secure email message to the gift recipient, also allowing for last-minute and long-distance gifting.
"We are very grateful for being an integral part of the Entrepreneurial Challenge. This competition delivered invaluable exposure to the northern Colorado entrepreneurship community and furthermore, yielded great feedback from potential consumers,” said Carl Truong, co-founder of Tabrific LLC. “As a consumer facing platform, one of the exciting parts of this challenge was the ability to share our product and observe which functions our potential users were most excited about. Tabrific plans to use the funds for customer acquisition strategies and technical development including the implementation of military grade SSL encryption to keep our users safe. The prize money will help us launch our Beta platform, expected to go live this summer."
Third place and winner of $10,000 is Congo, an online platform providing users with instant access to a fee-based live video chat with a qualified doctor or lawyer of their choice. In-person visits with pre-qualified providers are also available.
"Congo is developing a platform solution that will change the way individuals and expert professionals interact. While the $10,000 cash prize will immediately be put to use in driving our business forward, the biggest reward comes from the validation and exposure that comes with winning” said Willy Ogorzaly, Founder and CEO of Congo. “We were honored by the opportunity to put our concept in front of the knowledgeable and well-respected judges at the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge and are encouraged by their vote of confidence. The event was only made possible by the amazing people involved. Everyone associated with the event was passionate about entrepreneurship and always willing to help. I can say with 100% confidence that our company is stronger because of the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge."