Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge names 19 semifinalists for Jan. 28 business pitch event

By: InnovatioNews Friday December 19, 2014 0 comments Tags: Bruce Biggi, David Thomas, Greeley, John Deal, Jon Rarick, Kelly Garland, Masoud Shirazi, Richard Pickett

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GREELEY - Nineteen semifinalists have been chosen to pitch for $50,000 in prize money at the sixth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado on Jan. 28.

"We are very pleased with the diverse group of enterprises competing this year," said David Thomas, UNC assistant professor of management and Challenge director.

"Each of our entrepreneurs has an impressive breadth and depth of experience. However, most impressive is the passion they share for reaching their dreams and contributing to our economy. Our Challenge stands out as a premier event in Colorado because of the commitment these entrepreneurs have made in developing their business models."

The semifinalists are:

  • Preventative Technology Solutions, a software company that crates medical assessment applications and mobile e-learning prevention services to reduce risk behaviors in adolescent and young adults.

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

  • TurfToes Sandal Co., a company that offers sandals with synthetic grass on their soles

  • QuadshoX, a company focused on improving the quality fo life for quadriplegics with a new rear suspension system

  • LLC, offering a product called The Vise that gives athletes leverage to properly tighten thick weight belts

  • Change Composites, producers of a new bike helmet designed to help reduce the possibility of traumatic brain injuries

  • Nexus Bioenergy, a company working to convert waste from farms and kitchens to biogas for producing locally grown organic produce

  • Gamecentrics, offering Anti-Grind software that incorporates popular game elements into daily workflow

  • Living Ink Technologies, creators of a patent-pending process that uses living algae as ink

  • Do Good Jerky LLC, makers of an all-natural, antibiotic-free beef jerky

  • Colleges Wired, developers of a community -based "appazine" for college students

  • Mobile Preventative Health LLC, creators of a communication app that allows health providers to send simple directions and medication reminders to patients

  • MORAS Corp., offering a free app that allows consumers to connect directly with retailers and manufacturers for sales, discounts, etc.

  • Next Generation Systems LLC, offering WordParts, a tool kit of programs that allows parents and teachers to more effectively teach English grammar in K-12

  • QB Labs, working to empower physicians, trainers and physical therapists to quantify and streamline client progress with wearable technology called MovementTek.

  • Tomlinson Water Transport Consulting, which assists business and government entities in using existing infrastructure and technology to relocate surplus snow and water from the Midwest to drought areas

  • Technology Launch LLC, whose computer mouse, the Motix, saves time, boosts productivity and accelerates efficiency by allowing computer users to keep their hands on their keyboard and their eyes on the screen

  • SEB's Recreational Center, a facility that provides physically impaired people with a safe, comfortable environment to work out, attend classes and have fun

  • Three Spires Brewing Co., a microbrewery that uses traditional methods to produce gluten-free beer


Judges for the semifinals include Richard Pickett, executive director of the UNC BizHub Collaborative and East Colorado SBDC; Jon Rarick, owner of Trans World Supplies; Bruce Biggi, Greeley economic development director; Kelly Garland, co-founder and managing partner of Steel Mountain Capital Management; Masoud Shirazi, principal with Shirazi Benefits; and John Deal, executive chairman and CEO of IX Power LLC, IX Power Clean Water and IX Power, Ltd.

Following the semifinals, five finalists will be selected to compete for $50,000 in a Shark Tank format at 9NEWS studios in Denver on March 26.

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