Entrepreneurial Challenge

Winners announced in the 8th annual UNC Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge

Five winners of the 8th annual University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge were announced during the final competition on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the University Center on the UNC campus. The first place winner of the challenge was Stow, second place winner was Lacuna Diagnostics, third place winner was Class Composer, fourth place winner was EZ Protein and the fifth place winner was To Market.

e-Challenge 2017 finalists

Five finalists presented their business plans to a panel of three judges including George Lobisser, Co-Founder and CEO, RipeLocker, LLC and Partner, Maliky Capital, LLC; Tyler Richardson, Co-Owner, Richmark Holdings, Inc.; and Ross Shell, Founder & CEO, Red Idea Partners. The host for this year’s event was Jeff Nuttall, principal, BizWest Media.

The winners received a total of $50,000 in prize money, and business incubator services from UNC BizHub, the business incubator at University of Northern Colorado. Also, the 4 runners-up will receive a print and digital subscription to BizWest and the winner will receive a subscription plus access to BizWest’s data.

First place winner of $25,000 is Stow, based in Windsor, offering an online community and marketplace for storage and parking, allowing users with extra storage space to make extra income by listing it on the Stow platform. Stow helps connect those who have storage space with those that need space while providing extra income to everyday people. “We are so excited about what this prize money can do for Stow to help us grow our business and serve our clients,” commented Devin Eldridge. “We are grateful to UNC for the opportunity to compete and we believe we can have a big impact on the economy in CO.”

Stow

Second place winner of $13,000 is Lacuna Diagnostics, from Fort Collins, promising to save pets lives by dramatically reducing diagnostic turnaround time by creating and sharing digital images rather than relying on shipments of physical microscope slides.

Lacuna Diagnostics

Third place winner of $7,000 is Class Composer, a Boulder web-based software service that helps elementary schools create better class lists in significantly less time. The software enables school staff to feel confident about creating balanced and effective classes in less time.

Class Composer

Fourth place winner of $2,500 is EZ Protein, a Pueblo start-up, with an innovative protein dispenser for ultimate convenience that stores up to three different types of protein powders or other supplements, water, and has a simple, intuitive touchscreen user interface.

 EZ Protein

Fifth place winner of $2,500 is To Market, an Arvada based start-up, with an online marketplace for sourcing local food, bringing efficiencies previously missing to the local buying and selling process of high quality foods supporting high quality restaurant experiences. To Market creates a tool for farmers to maximize their time, yields, and earnings while getting the best chefs the best quality products.

To Market 

Generous partners and supporters of the Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge include, UNC BizHub Collaborative, BizWest, and Colorado Lending Source. 

To learn more about the finalists who competed in this year’s challenge, visit their respective websites.

In addition to the winners being announced, downtown Greeley business entrepreneur, Ryan Gentry received the 2017 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award which honors an entrepreneur who exemplifies the spirit of American enterprise and the drive to succeed. This is the first year the award has been given. “Gentry exemplifies the best of our young entrepreneurs who focus on creating value and ethical business practices,” stated Professor David Thomas.

Ryan Gentry

e-Challenge 2017

 

Class Composer(Boulder, http://www.classcomposer.com): Is a web-based software service to help elementary schools create better class lists in significantly less time. The software enables school staff to feel confident about creating balanced and effective classes in less time.

EZ Protein (Pueblo, http://ezproteinmachine.com): Is an innovative protein dispenser for ultimate convenience that stores up to three different types of protein powders or other supplements, water, and has a simple, intuitive touchscreen user interface.

Lacuna Diagnostics (Fort Collins, http://www.lacunadiagnostics.com): Promises to save pet’s lives by dramatically reducing diagnostic turnaround time by creating and sharing digital images rather than relying on shipments of physical microscope slides.

Stow (Windsor, http://www.Stow.io): Is an online community and marketplace for storage and parking, allowing users with extra storage space to make extra income by listing it on the Stow platform. Stow helps connect those who have storage space with those that need space while providing extra income to everyday people.

To Market, Ltd. (Arvada, http://www.tomarket.farm ): Is a simple online marketplace for sourcing local food, bringing efficiencies previously missing to the local buying and selling process of high quality foods supporting high quality restaurant experiences. To Market creates a tool for farmers to maximize their time, yields, and earnings while getting the best chefs the best quality products.

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