Five finalists selected for UNC Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge biz pitch set for April 12

By: InnovatioNews Monday February 2, 2015 0 comments Tags: Change Composites, David Thomas, Gamecentrics, Greeley, LUCAN Technologies, QB Labs, Summit of Ideas,


GREELEY - Five finalists in the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge have been selected to compete in the $50,000 pitch competition set for April 12.

The five finalists were chosen from 18 semifinalists who made their preliminary presentations to panels of judges at UNC on Jan. 28.

The finalists are:

  • Change Composites, Longmont, producers of a bike helmet that helps reduce the chances of a traumatic brain injury

  • Gamecentrics, Fort Collins, a company offering Anti-Grind software that incorporates elements from popular games into daily work flow

  • LUCAN Technologies Inc., Greeley, which has created two touch-screen, Android-based smart watches that include an MP3 player, FM radio, calendar and other digital functions

  • QB Labs, Parker, a company whose wearable MovementTek helps physicians, trainers and physical therapists quantify client progress

  •, Greeley, whose "The Vise" product gives athletes leverage to properly tighten weight belts


"The semifinals provided a great day of advancing entrepreneurship in the state of Colorado," said David Thomas, UNC assistant professor of management and Entrepreneurial Challenge director.

"We are fortunate to have attracted a solid group of entrepreneurs who presented impressive and viable business ideas."

Entrepreneurial Challenge winners will receive $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third. In addition, all winners will receive business incubator services valued at $10,000 from UNC BizHub Collaborative.

New this year, all participants have been invited to present their ideas to judges and possible investors at the UNC inaugural Summit of Ideas to be held March 3 in UNC's Kepner Hall.

To connect with a new generation of entrepreneurs, a challenge for local high school students was added to the Jan. 28 preliminary event to pitch for $6,000 in scholarships.

Platte Valley sophomore McKenzie Schneider won first place and a $4,000 scholarship for Double Rae Pheasants, a business that provides services to dog trainers, hunters, land owners and ranchers.

Teams from Monarch High School took second and third place and received $2,000 and $1,000 scholarships, UNC said.

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