Semifinalists, judges announced for 7th annual Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge on Jan. 21

Tuesday January 5, 2016 0 comments Tags: Greeley, UNC, Monfort Challenge, David Thomas


GREELEY -- Seventeen semifinalists have been announced for the seventh annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado.Monfort_Challenge_logoUSE 

The Entrepreneurial Challenge is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to obtain exposure and compete for $50,000 in prize money to help bring their innovative business ideas to fruition. The semifinalists represent healthcare, education, sports and other industries and will present their business concepts on Jan. 21 at the UNC University Center. 

"The semifinalists this year are a diverse group of enterprises,” said David Thomas, assistant professor of management and director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge. "Many of the products and services they represent are ones we haven’t seen yet in the many years we’ve been doing this.” 

The 17 semifinalists are: 

  • Aerosol Devices: An advanced scientific instrument for the collection of airborne particles for physical, chemical and biological analysis.
  • Blindside: A specially designed helmet cap that allows youth football players to practice “heads up tackling” by installing muscle memory techniques through vision obstruction training.
  • EMRG: A sales process implementation designed to be repeatable and scalable to build the long-term sales pipeline to improve company financial health and create sustainability for a business.
  • The Food Corridor: The first online marketplace for food businesses to find commercial kitchen space, enabling efficiency, growth, and innovation in the food system.
  • IgnoreU: An application aimed at users of social media. With IgnoreU a user integrates their social media feeds and is allowed to filter topics, subjects, and people of their choosing.
  • Insecticycle: A process that helps divert food-grade waste from the landfill, recapturing the nutritional value of this waste stream and supplying it at a profit to poultry farms and fisheries.
  • mcSquares: “Whiteboards” designed to democratize learning spaces in order to free up idea sharing.
  • Mimi: A web platform that provides families an online directory of assisted living homes and the ability to book tours of real-time availabilities.
  • NerdNest: An innovative, engaging and fun social media site for fans to create and share their favorite, nerd-based fandom content including photos, gifs, videos, and written content related to fandom.
  • Nursly: An education platform within hospitals that patients will interact with on a regular basis. This will in turn boost the patient’s knowledge and understanding of their condition and treatment.
  • Official Fitness: A high-quality health and fitness center serving the Windsor area that offers CrossFit, Group X and a traditional gym experience -- all for the price of membership with no hidden fees.
  • Planting Profits™: An on-line app that uses an agriculture-friendly UI to configure a model of the farming operation.
  • Reading Remedies: Vision tests that help parents assist their students with reading.
  • Rebalance Factor: A robust rebalancing software for financial advisors and firms. The software works with the largest portfolio management software provider, Morningstar Office.
  • Turbo Tenant: Free landlord software for owners and property managers to market rental properties, screen tenants (get credit reports and criminal background checks), collect online rental applications and online rent payments. The service is provided 100% free to landlords.
  • Vacuum Sciences: Manufacturer of scientific instruments, specifically systems for decontaminating low-level impurities in equipment that use vacuum chambers.
  • Vita Inclanata: Creators of a game-changing piece of rescue helicopter technology that will address the rescue hoisting system and its chaotic pendulum swing. The company is currently developing a detachable rail system that would be able to travel the length of the rescue helicopter with a self-contained hoist.

Judges for the semifinals include Bruce Biggi, chief marketing officer, Northern Colorado Economic Alliance; Charisse Bowen, campus director, Galvanize Fort Collins; Karol Jones, chief financial officer, Colorado Lending Source; Milan Larson, associate professor of management, Monfort College of Business; Mike O’Donnell, executive director, Colorado Lending Source; and Richard Pickett, executive director, UNC BizHub. 

Following the semifinals, five finalists will be chosen to compete for a total of $50,000 in prize money and the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of judges in a “Shark Tank” format at 9NEWS studios in Denver on March 29. The finals will be televised at a later date by 9NEWS’ sister station KTVD Ch. 20. 

For more information about the competition, visit