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February 14 – 15, 2014
Marriott Louisville Downtown, Louisville Kentucky

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners:
  • First place: NanDio, University of Notre Dame
  • Second place: Local Libations, University of Texas, Austin
  • Third place: A-76 Corrosion Inhibitors, Rice University
  • Fourth place: Movellus Circuits, University of Michigan
Fast Pitch Results:
  • First place: Appro Therapeutics, University of Louisville
  • Second place: NuFortis, University of Illinois, Chicago

As the world’s finest athletes gather in Sochi, Russia in February, top entrepreneurial grad students from around the globe will be gathering in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2014 Cardinal Challenge. At stake is more than $100,000 in business start-up cash and prizes, plus an automatic bid to the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition. Like the Olympics, we welcome the best of the best, with Cardinal Challenge competitors often going on to take national and international prizes and hundreds of thousands of dollars for their early stage companies.

Our judges are the world’s finest, as well. They are experienced investors and entrepreneurs themselves, who thrive on helping start-up companies become successful ventures. Their valuable feedback and advice can make your team a champion.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, February 14

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Competition Check-In / Packet Pick-Up
    Cardinal Challenge Help-Desk
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown
6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
  • Opening Reception
    Kentucky Ballroom, Salon E
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown
7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Equipment Check
    Competition Rooms
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown

 

Saturday, February 15

7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
  • Continental Breakfast
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown
 8:00 – 10:35 a.m.
  • First Round Business Plan Presentations
    Competition Rooms
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cardinal Challenge Luncheon / Announcement of Finalists
    Kentucky Ballroom, Salon E
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
  • Judges’ Feedback: Individual Team Sessions
    Competition rooms
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
  • Fast Pitch Competition
    Conference Theatre
    Kentucky International Convention Center
2:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • Final Round Business Plan Presentations
    Conference Theatre
    Kentucky International Convention Center
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Awards Reception
    Kentucky Ballroom, Salon E
    First Level, Marriott Louisville Downtown

 

7:05 p.m. –
  • After Party, hosted by UofL College of Business Entrepreneur Club
    Details to be announced at the Awards Reception

JUDGES

Finals Judges

Vik Chadha, Nucleus

Kenneth Gardner, SOASTA, Inc.

Lou Kelmanson, Kelmanson Holdings/Clearleaf Finance

Bob Saunders, Saunders Murdock & Associates

Phoebe Wood, CompaniesWood

Track Judges

Joel Adams, Entrepreneur

Ty Adams, Adams:Kinkade Design

Felicia Allen, Velocity Indiana

Vesta Brue, MedSignals/VitaSignals

Tendai Charasika, Kentucky Innovation Network

Charlie Crawford, Chrysalis Ventures

Bill Dawson,  Renew Recovery

Jennifer Graham, Cuddle Clones

Steve Huey, Capture, LLC

Greg Langdon, Angel Investor

Chris Lavenson, Fitted, LLC

Dee Maynard, Consultant/Investor

Tony Schy, Velocity Indiana

Jeff Shrensker, BB&T

Viji Sundar, Humana Inc.

Doug Whyte, J.D. Whyte Company

Jackie Willmot, Venture Consultant

Fast Pitch Judges

Andy Ackermann, Mountjoy Chilton Medley CPAs

Jeff Ames, Bluegrass Barrels/Stock Yards Bank

Jenny Corbin, TNG Pharmaceuticals

Joe Dover, OPM Financial

Daniel Johnsen, Entrepreneur

TEAMS

A-76 Corrosion Inhibitors, Rice University

Appro Therapeutics, LLC, University of Louisville

CYANO Pharmaceutical, University of Oregon

Datavis, University of Arkansas

Don’t Be Skiddish Inc., University of Manitoba

Effuelent, University of Cincinnati

FluidScreen, Yale University

Huntin’ Buddy, Kennesaw State University

Local Libations, University of Texas

Movellus Circuits, University of Michigan

NanDio, University of Notre Dame

NuFortis, University of Illinois at Chicago

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Marriot

The Marriott Louisville Downtown is the official hotel and site of the 2014 Cardinal Challenge competition.  When you book your room at the Marriott using the link below, you will get the special Cardinal Challenge rate of only $129 per night (single/double) or $139 (triple/quad).

If you prefer, or if you have questions, contact: Marriott at 1-800-266-9432.

Be sure to mention Cardinal Challenge to receive the reduced room rate.

College of Business

University of Louisville
College of Business
Harry Frazier Hall
110 W. Brandeis Ave.
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6440
Fax: (502) 852-7557

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