CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge announces 28 biz pitch competitors for May event

By: InnovatioNews Thursday March 12, 2015 0 comments Tags: Christine Chin, Fort Collins, Jeff Hoffman


CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises ChallengeFORT COLLINS - Organizers of the second annual Colorado State University Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge today announced the 13 Collegiate Track and 15 Enterprise Track competitors who will pitch their business ideas in May for a grand prize of $250,000 in cash and a 12-month business mentoring program.

The 28 competitors were selected from more than 130 applications and represent 15 industry categories, three Colorado universities and five states, organizers said.

The competition is presented by Fort Collins-based Blue Ocean Enterprises and Colorado State University with major support from Hewlett-Packard, ViaWest, 1st Bank, the City of Fort Collins, OtterBox, Growth Curve Institute, Ethos 3, Nerdy Mind and EKS&H.

Collegiate Track competitors will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges on May 27 and Enterprise Track competitors - all established startups - will compete May 29-30.

Winner of the Collegiate Track will receive $20,000 in cash, business mentoring and a slot to compete in the Enterprise Track for the $250,000 grand prize.

All events will be held on the CSU campus and are free and open to the public.

Collegiate Track competitors are:

·      Axios Impact Investments, CSU

·      Boom Algae, CU-Boulder

·      Change Composites, CSU

·      ChemWithRay, CSU

·      GameCentrics LLC, CSU

·      Native, CU-Boulder

·      NuBru Coffee, CU-Boulder

·      QuadshoX, CSU

·      Rocky Mountain Sriracha, Colorado Mesa University

·      The Space Research Company LLC, CU-Boulder

·      Viagozo, CSU

·      Wise Art Foods LLC, CSU

·      YOUglycemia, CU-Boulder

The Enterprise Track competitors are:

·      Behavioral Response Technologies, Boulder

·      Conspire, Boulder

·      Content BLVD, Los Angeles

·      Extrude to Fill, Loveland

·      Jebbit Inc., Boston

·      Kapta, Boulder

·      Membrane Protective Technologies Inc., Fort Collins

·      Mozio, San Francisco

·      Notion, Denver

·      OptiEnz Sensors LLC, Fort Collins

·      Parkifi, Morrison

·      QBLabs, Parker

·      Shelvspace Inc., Scottsdale

·      Synkera Technologies Inc., Longmont

·      Verabalizeit Inc., New York City

"The quality, innovation and creativity represented by applicants of the second annual CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge exceeded our expectations," said Christine Chin, interim director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at CSU and co-director of the Challenge.

"The competitors exemplify the entrepreneurial passions and game-changing ideas that are driving our growing economy, and we look forward to their pitches."

Jeff Hoffman, a successful entrepreneur, global business advisor and motivational speaker will deliver the competition's keynote address on May 30. Hoffman will speak on innovation, entrepreneurship and business leadership and will serve as a judge for the Enterprise Track competition.

Hoffman has served as CEO of numerous public and private companies including Priceline.com, uBid.com, CTI, and ColorJar.

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