Competitions hosted by the UofL College of Business:

2014 Competitions

Global Venture Labs Investment Competition
May 1-3, Austin, Texas

Systemica Health and TheraBracelet will represent UofL.

Alltech Innovation Competition
Lexington, Kentucky, April 26

Trifecta Cooking Equipment will represent UofL at this competition.

Rice Business Plan Competition
Houston, Texas, April 10-12

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition open to all currently enrolled university students from around the world who are seeking funding for their new venture. Considered the SuperBowl” of Business Plan Competitions, the 14th annual event was held in Houston, Texas on April 10 – 12, 2014.

TheraBracelet (Matthew Raggard, Kacie Neutz, Nick Phelps and Leah Enders), our UofL MBA team marketing a wristband designed to help stroke patients, claimed the $100,000 Mercury Fund Tech Transfer Investment Prize and another $1,000 for placing first in the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Challenge Round.

Idea State U
Lexington, Kentucky, April 11-12

Idea State University, held in Lexington April 11 & 12, is Kentucky’s statewide business plan competition designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding student teams from the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Four teams from the UofL College of Business will be competing against a record 29 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from across the state.

Our four UofL teams won big! Trifecta Cooking won more than $21,000 for best graduate business plan for its idea to market an open fryer using 40 percent less cooking oil than standard fryers. CypressMD won more than $3,800 for best graduate concept for its plan to commercialize a new intubation technology. PocketParkU won more than $3,800 for best undergraduate concept for its plan to sell a mobile app that helps faculty, staff and students park on college campuses. Jockey Analytics won more than $11,000 for second-best undergraduate plan for its horse racing industry system that rates jockeys on a race-by-race basis

Oregon New Venture Championship
University of Oregon (Portland), April 3-5, 2014

The NVC is considered the premier business competition in the Pacific Northwest.  Sixteen teams from the best MBA programs worldwide, including US, Hong Kong, India and Thailand, will compete in Portland. TheraBracelet (Matthew Raggard, Kacie Neutz, Leah Enders and Nick Phelps and Faculty Coach Professor Van Clouse) did an excellent job at the 2014 Oregon New Venture Championship. They advanced to the four team finals and finished as runner-up, taking home $2,500. Congratulations to our team – great job!  The KGW news station did a story about the event and talked to a few of the 16 teams from around the world attending:  http://www.kgw.com/news/business/U-of-O–253845121.html

Nebraska Innovation Competition
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 19 & 20, 2014

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Global New Venture Competition provides university students from all over the world the opportunity to compete in a business planning competition and get feedback and funding.  Our UofL MBA team, SmartLanes Technologies was one of 12 MBA teams invited to compete in Lincoln, Nebraska, along with an additional 12 undergraduate teams. The 24 total teams at the competition included Johns Hopkins, Kennesaw State, University of Texas, Austin, Arkansas, UT  Houston, Vancouver, and others.  Team Coach Professor Suzanne Bergmeister, who accompanied the team, remarked, “It was a very tough competition, and SmartLanes made the best presentation I’ve ever seen them make.  The judges had a hard time deciding, and gave them some great feedback.”  The team that beat SmartLanes in their track went on to win the overall competition.

Stu Clark Investment Competition
University of Manitoba, Canada, March 14-15, 2014

Systemica Health MBA teamSixteen grad student teams competed for a $20,000 grand prize in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at the Stu Clark Investment Competition including two UofL teams, Appro Therapeutics and Systemica Health.  Systemica went on to win the Idea Pitch ($1,000) and placed third in the finals ($5,000) at the Stu Clark Investment Competition.  Read more.

Cardinal Challenge Business Plan Competition
University of Louisville, Marriott Louisville Downtown, Feb. 14-15, 2014

The competition was fierce in snowy Louisville, KY and the distinguished judges had a difficult job in selecting the top four teams from Round 1 to move to the finals.  NanDio, from the University of Notre Dame won first-place team in the Business Plan Presentation Competition and receives $15,000, an invitation to the 2014 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, and the lucrative “Launch in Louisville” Package.  Our UofL team, Appro Therapeutics received a first place win in the Fast Pitch Competition.  Read more.

Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition
Kennesaw State University, Georgia, February 7-8, 2014

The Georgia Bowl is one of the state’s largest and one of the country’s oldest intercollegiate competitions for entrepreneurs.  Two UofL College of Business Entrepreneurship MBA teams competed – SmartLanes Technologies and TheraBracelet.  TheraBracelet brought home a first place win and received an automatic invitation to compete in the 2014 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition.  SmartLanes Technologies, who presented to Bluegrass Angles last month and won a $25,000 investment, placed fifth.  Read full news story.

IBK Capital – Ivey Business Plan Competition
Ontario, Canada, January 25-26, 2014

Top graduate schools across North America competed for a $20,000 grand prize and automatic entry to the Global Venure Labs Investment Competition in Texas at the Ivey Business Plan Competition in Ontario.  Three of our UofL Entrepreneurship teams, SmartLanes, Systemica, and TheraBracelet were among the teams selected to compete. TheraBracelet advanced to the finals, and although our teams didn’t collect the first prize winnings, Professor Clouse reported that all our teams did an outstanding job in the competition.

2013 Competitions

Student Venture Open
UC SanDiego, October 22-23, 2013

Systemica Health and TheraBraceletSystemica Health, introducing PlaqAway won 1st place ($1,500) and an invitation to the 2014 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition.  TheraBracelet won 2nd place ($500) and Elevator Pitch ($500).  Only seven teams were invited to compete and two were from UofL.  News Story.

Ballard Morton New Venture Competition
University of Louisville, Louisville, October 11-12, 2013

Trifecta team photoThis annual business plan competition features teams of UofL MBA students competing for start-up capital for their innovative business concepts. First place was Trifecta Cooking Equipment and Best Business Plan, Second place – Appro Therapeutics, and third place – TheraBracelet and Best Trade Show and Best Fast Pitch.  Click for result photos and news story.

Idea State U Business Plan/Pitch Competition
Lexington, Kentucky, April 12-13, 2013

PDM PharmaceuticalsPDM Pharmacuetical (Shalin Shah, Hunter Gerlach and Justin Breitenstein) took first place in the Graduate Business Concept category at the Idea State U competition. The 2013 Idea State U competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp., brought teams from all eight state universities to Lexington Center, including U of L, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.


University of Manitoba Stu Clark Investment Competition
Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 21 – March 23, 2013

Photo of LaLutz team in CanadaThe Stu Clark Investment Competition is open to graduate students worldwide, and attracts teams from prominent business schools across North America. Congratulations to our Entrepreneurship MBA team LaLuz  - Joey Beatty, Megan Cooper, Alex Smith & TJ Abood for winning the logo competition.


Walmart Better Living Business Challenge Regional
Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Business, UofL, March 1, 2013

Carnegie Melton teamThe Midwest Regional Walmart Better Living Business Challenge was hosted by the UofL College of Business March 1, 2013.  Seven teams from Duke University, University of Illinois, Carnegie Mellon, Asheville-Buncombe Techinal Community College, and the University of Louisville participated in the competition.  Congratulations to the winner – Building Blocks from Carnegie Mellon University.


Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition
Cincom Systems, Inc. World Headquarters, Hosted by University of Cincinnati, February 21-22, 2013

VOC Diagnostics at CincinnatiUofL’s VOC Diagnostics takes first place Cincinnati.  Read more details in our news story.


Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge
Marriott Louisville Downtown, February 15-16, 2013

Team competing in the Cardinal ChallengeTwelve teams were selected to compete in the 2013 Cardinal Challenge.  Congratulations to Medical Informatics, Rice University, for taking first place!  Our UofL team, VOC Diagnostics, did a great job as well and landed second place in the competition.  View photos of the competition on our facebook page http://facebook.com/UofLCollegeofBusiness.


Keg of Nails Sales Competition
UofL College of Business, February 8, 2013

The UofL Sales Team (L to R): Melanie Quintero, Nick George, Kaelin Dyar, Lauren Baldridge, Buddy LaForge, Maria D'Addeo, Andrew Sieg, Chris Walker, Grant Crabtree, Megan SchmittThe UofL Sales Team (L to R): Melanie Quintero, Nick George, Kaelin Dyar, Lauren Baldridge, Buddy LaForge, Maria D’Addeo, Andrew Sieg, Chris Walker, Grant Crabtree, Megan Schmitt.  Congratulations to the top three UofL students: Andrew Sieg, Kaelin Dyar, and Nick George and UC’s top three: Morgan Lauman, Andrew Desmarais, and Lauren Pflum.


Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, February 4 – 5, 2013

Imogy team photoUniversity of Louisville Imogy wins 2013 Georgia Bowl!  Team members (photo) Stefan Adamovsky, Miguel Agostinho, Patrick Holtkamp, and Marco Marinucci. La Luz (Thomas Abood, Joseph Beatty, Megan Cooper, and Alexander Smith) tied for 4th. Congratulations to both teams!


Alltech Innovation Competition
Alltech Headquarters, Nicholasville, Kentucky, January 18, 2013

EcoVision team photoThe University of Louisville took home a second place prize of $6,000
this weekend for their EcoVision Development business plan to construct
multi-family, modular housing in Eastern Kentucky at the Alltech
Innovation Competition. Team members were Kaysara Mandry, Evan Holladay, Scott Norris and Mike Buchberger, and team coach Suzanne Bergmeister.

2012 Competitions

Cyber Defense Competition (CIS and Speed School Students) (News Story) 12-1-12

I2P Global (Idea to Product) Business Plan Competition (MBA Entrepreneurship) 11-17-12

YUM! Brands Global Sustainability Challenge  (MBA Entrepreneurship) 11-9-12
UofL College of Business PROVENTUS team for winning first runner-up in the Yum! Brands Global Sustainability Challenge! Team members include Oliver Ray and Weston Hagan – UofL COB undergraduate Entrepreneurship minor students, Andrew McGinnis – MSEE candidate, Speed School , and John Brown – law school student at UofL, and faculty advisors Suzanne Bergmeister and Mark Crane.

COB Sales Team brought back more than cheese from Wisconsin (11-8-12)

Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up (Sales Team – Marketing) (11-8-12)
The marketing students, Lauren Baldridge, April Gibson, and Andrew Sieg, led by Buddy LaForge, Brown-Forman Professor of Marketing traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the November 8–10 competition.

Ballard Morton New Venture Competition (MBA & Entrepreneurship)

Idea State University (MBA & Entrepreneurship) (MBA & Entrepreneurship) 5-22-12
The College of Business Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Minor and Entreprenership MBA students captured three of the four business plan competition divisions at Idea State U Saturday in Lexington, KY. KY Chia won first place in the graduate business plan division, VOC Diagnostics first place in the graduate business concept division, EcoVision Development 1st place in the undergraduate business concept division, Joanna Cruz of KY Chia won the graduate elevator pitch competition and Byard Donaldson of VOC Diagnostics received honorable mention. Frank Gulla of EcoVision Development honorable mention in the undergraduate elevator pitch competition. Congratulations to Mark Crane and Sharon Kerrick for coaching our undergraduate teams and Suzanne Bergmeister, Van Clouse and Sharon Kerrick for coaching our MBA teams!

Venture Labs Investment Competition (MBA Entrepreneurship) 5-5-12
The Super Bowl of world business plan competitions” in Austin, Texas.  KY Chia team Chris Arnold (Entrepreneurship Law Clinic), Keith Starling, Scott Serdoz, Joanna Cruz, Zack Pennington.  KY Chia won best presentation first day division 1 in the Venture Labs Competition.

Rice Business Plan Competition (MBA & Entrepreneurship) 4-15-12
KY Chia won 1st place in their Shark Tank track and Best Trade Show award for $2,000 total. Congratulations to KY Chia for their great performance at the Rice Competition in Houston!

Walmart Better Living Business Plan Competition Midwest Regional (MBA & Entrepreneurship)

Cincinnati Spirit of Enterprise Business Plan Competition (MBA & Entrepreneurship) 2-24-12
UofL College of Business Ky Chia team (Zack Pennington, Scott Serdoz, Joanna Cruz, Keith Starling) won the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition! The event was held at the University of Cincinnati.

Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge (MBA & Entrepreneurship) 2-20-12 (News Story)
Elevate Smartwear, University of Louisville team of Josh Libs and Jake Huber placed second in the Fast Pitch competition.

Keg of Nails Sales Competition (Sales & Marketing) 2-10-12 (News Story)
Our team players include: J.C. Cain, Sarah Cattan, Chris Groeschen, Clark Jones, Chris McConnell, Patrick Meier, Kirby Reis, Meg Ryan, James Sutherland, and Coach Buddy LaForge competing in the 1st Annual Keg of Nails Sales Competition hosted by the University of Louisville.

Venture Labs Investment Competition (MBA Entrepreneurship) 5-5-12
The Super Bowl of world business plan competitions” in Austin, Texas.  KY Chia team Chris Arnold (Entrepreneurship Law Clinic), Keith Starling, Scott Serdoz, Joanna Cruz, Zack Pennington.  KY Chia won best presentation first day division 1 in the Venture Labs Competition.

OUR 2012 UNDERGRADUATE COMPETITION TEAMS:

  • Proventus Innovations (Oliver Ray, Weston Hagan, Mike Stratton, Travis Zirnheld)

OUR 2012 GRADUATE COMPETITION TEAMS:

  • Imogy (Stefan Adamovsky, Miguel Agostinho, Patrick Holtkamp, Marco Marinucci)
  • La Luz (Thomas Abood, Joseph Beatty, Megan Cooper, Alexander Smith)
  • VOC Diagnostics (Bayard Donaldson, JD Edington, Nick Muscato, & Justus Zils)
  • Proventus Innovations (Oliver Ray, Weston Hagan, Mike Stratton, Travis Zirnheld)

Our Competition History:

Under the leadership of Dr. Van Clouse, our teams competed in many refereed business plan competitions.

TNG Pharmaceuticals
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2010 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Runner-up and Winner of Best Plan Presentation, Best Trade Show, Best 60-second Fast Pitch;

2011 Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition, University of Cincinnati – Winner;

2011 Nebraska New Ventures World Competition, University of Nebraska – Winner;

2011 Stu Clark Investment Competition, University of Manitoba – Winner Best Trade Show;

2011 Rice Business Plan Competition, Rice University – Winner and invitation to close NASDAQ;

2011 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, University of Texas at Austin – Winner and Global Champion, invitation to close NASDAQ;

 

Cuddle Clones
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2010 Idea State U Graduate Business Concept Division, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Winner;

2010 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Winner;

2011 Ivey Business Plan Competition, University of Western Ontario – Semi-Finalist;

2011 New Venture Championship, University of Oregon – Semi-Finalist;

2011 Idea State U Graduate Business Plan Division, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Winner, Winner Graduate Elevator Pitch Competition;

2009 – 2011 Venturesome Energy, Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team. Worked with Venturesome Energy for nearly two years. Venturesome Energy entered the following refereed business plan competitions.

2010 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Second Place;

2011 Cardinal Challenge, University of Louisville – Semi-Finalist and Second Place Fast Pitch;

2011 Regional Walmart Better Living Business Challenge – Winner;

2011 McGinnis Venture Competition, Carnegie Mellon University – Semi-Finalist;

2011 Wake Forest Elevator Competition, Wake Forest University – Semi-Finalist;

2011 National Walmart Better Living Business Challenge – Semi-Finalist;

 

TrueID Security
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2010 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Runner-up;

2011 Georgia Bowl, Kennesaw State University – Semi-Finalist;

2008 – 2010 NanoMark Therapeutics, Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team. Worked with NanoMark Therapeutics for nearly two years. NanoMark Therapeutics entered the following refereed business plan competitions.

2009 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Winner;

2010 Cardinal Challenge, University of Louisville – Semi-Finalist;

2010 McGinnis Venture Competition, Carnegie Mellon University – Winner Life Sciences Division;

2010 New Venture Championship, University of Oregon – Winner, Winner Textronix Elevator Pitch;

2010 Global Moot Corp Competition, University of Texas at Austin – Semi-Finalist;

2010 Vogt Development Award Winner, Louisville, KY;

 

CALMSenior
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2009 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Second Place and Winner Best Presentation;

2010 Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition, University of Cincinnati – Semi Finalist;

2010 Nebraska New Ventures World Competition, University of Nebraska – Semi-Finalist;

2010 Stu Clark Investment Competition, University of Manitoba – Winner BDC Challenge Round, Winner Elevator Pitch;

2010 Idea State U Graduate Business Plan Division, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Winner;

2010 Global Moot Corp Competition, University of Texas at Austin – Winner Austin Ventures Challenge Round;

2008 – 2010 Clarity Imaging Solutions, Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team. Worked with Clarity Imaging Solutions for nearly two years. Clarity Imaging Solutions entered the following refereed business plan competitions.

2009 Idea State U Graduate Business Concept Division, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Winner;

2009 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Winner 60 Second Fast Pitch;

2010 International Business Plan Competition, University of San Francisco – Finalist Elevator Pitch;

 

Legal Interactive
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2009 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Third Place;

2010 Georgia Bowl, Kennesaw State University – Finalist;

2010 EMC Venture Challenge, San Diego State University, – Semi-Finalist;

 

EZParc
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2009 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Semi-Finalist;

2010 Georgia Bowl, Kennesaw State University – Semi-Finalist;

 

NecoPlastics
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2008 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition, – Second Place and Winner Elevator Pitch;

2009 Cardinal Challenge, University of Louisville – Finalist;

2009 Nebraska New Ventures World Competition, University of Nebraska – Winner;

2009 Regional Walmart Better Living Business Challenge – Winner;

2009 New Venture Championship, University of Oregon – Winner OEN Lightning Round, Winner Textronix Elevator Pitch, Winner Best Trade Show;

2009 National Walmart Better Living Business Challenge – Finalist;

2009 Global Moot Corp Competition, University of Texas at Austin – Third Place;

2009 Vogt Development Award, Louisville, KY;

 

Tetra One Source
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2008 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Third Place;

2009 Georgia Bowl, Kennesaw State University – Winner;

2009 8th Continent Business Plan Competition, Colorado School of Mines – Finalist;

2009 Wake Forest Elevator Competition, Wake Forest University – Semi-Finalist;

2009 Global Moot Corp Competition, University of Texas at Austin – Fourth Place;

 

PackStream
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2008 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Winner;

2009 Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition, University of Cincinnati – Semi Finalist;

2009 Idea State U Graduate Business Plan Division, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Winner;

 

EvolvinGreen
Entrepreneurship MBA New Venture Team.

2008 Ballard Morton New Venture Competition – Fourth Place;

2009 Stu Clark Investment Competition, University of Manitoba – Semi Finalist;

 

Partum Group
LLC IMBA New Venture Team.

2007 Aleris, Inc. New Venture Competition, University of Louisville – Winner and also winner of the “Best Trade Show”;

2008 Cardinal Challenge, University of Louisville – Second Place Fast Pitch;

2008 Northwest Venture Championship, Boise State University – Honorable Mention and winner Graduate Track Limo Pitch Competition;

2008 McGinnis Venture Competition, Carnegie Mellon University – Winner Elevator Pitch Competition;

2008 Idea State U, Cabinet for Economic Development, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Winner Graduate Track;

2008 Global Moot Corp Competition, University of Texas at Austin – NASDAQ Stock Market Challenge Award and Best Product Division III;

2008 Vogt Development Award, Louisville, KY;

2008 ICC Concept Award, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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