2018 Cardinal Challenge

2018 Cardinal Challenge

2018 Cardinal Challenge Teams

Feros Freight Innovations

University of Oregon
Michael Chisholm, Nha Ha, Jedidiah Womack

Feros offers the trucking industry a battery-powered trailer to reduce fuel costs and meet stricter emission regulations. By integrating existing technologies seamlessly, Feros creates a system that solves the barriers to EV adoption in semi-truck applications. We are transforming the role of trailers in the industry from a cost asset to a value-creation asset that enables companies to transport freight cheaper, faster and cleaner.

FACULTY ADVISOR: Allan Cochrane


FluXomics

University of Kentucky
Corey Brizzee, Bobby Murphy

Metabolomics is increasingly used to diagnose disease, understand disease mechanisms, identify novel drug targets, customer drug treatments and monitor therapeutic outcomes. FluXomics is a health technology service company advancing dynamic metabolomics for precision medicine. FluXomics uses Dynamic Metabolomics™ which is a powerful technology for assessing health, biomarker discoveries, innovative diagnostic tests. Many laboratories have metabolite profiling or analytical chemistry capabilities, but comprehensive metabolomics technologies are extremely rare. The FluXomics team will accelerate research and product development across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer products, agriculture and nutrition industries, as well as academic and government organizations.

FACULTY ADVISOR: Warren Nash


Hansel

University of California, Los Angeles
Phil Sprawls, Felix Watson

Hansel is a peer-to-peer travel advice platform where friends ask each other about the best places to visit for a given destination. Hansel helps users identify which friends to ask, enables them to send direct private requests, and allows them to save the very best recommendations into playlists and social maps. These intimate exchanges yield high-value, personalized advice and reduce reliance on generic, crowd-sourced information from sources like Yelp! and TripAdvisor. We are passionate about travel and exploration, and envision a world where it’s easier to rely on friends than strangers for travel advice.

FACULTY ADVISOR:  Jon Funk


ioAirFlow

 

University of Manitoba
Kailee Grimolfson, Chelsey Hiebert, Michael Kurtas, Mandeep Saini

ioAirFlow is an automation solution that creates intelligent HVAC systems by integrating with a building’s existing HVAC infrastructure. IoAirFlow’s automation system will create a wireless multi-zone temperature solution on a secured Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) network. A core engineering team in Winnipeg, Manitoba has developed a software prototype that is ready to begin pilot testing. Although this prototype is primarily software-related, some hardware components are required to integrate ioAirFlow software with existing HVAC hardware. This innovative technology will be a disruptive product in the North American building automation market.

FACULTY ADVISORS:  La Royce Batchelor


Kau Bell Vodka

University of Oregon
Emily Darchuck, Ben Pinon

Kau Bell Vodka is a spirit company with local “farm to flask” roots. Through our innovative process, Kau Bell Vodka is crafted from the high-quality whey of local dairy producers which creates a value-added outlet for small businesses by transforming an existing waste stream into a valuable consumer product. The result is a velvety smooth premium vodka that offers a unique combination of a great tasting, local craft spirit along with an authentic commitment to sustainability that consumers are seeking.

FACULTY ADVISOR:  Allan Cochrane


Lapovations, LLC

University of Arkansas
Flavia Araujo, Michael Dunavant, Jared Greer

Lapovations, LLC is a medical device company focused on improving laparoscopy. Our first product, AbGrab®, addresses the #1 laparoscopic pain point for gynecologists.  AbGrab® is a patent-pending, single-use medical device that uses suction to attach to and lift the abdominal wall more reliably and less invasively than current lifting methods. Because no clinical trials are required to market this FDA Class 1, 510(k) exempt device, we face minimal regulatory burden. We own 100% of the IP, and our management team is well positioned to execute our strategy in this $750M market growing over 10% annually.

FACULTY ADVISORS: Carol Reeves, Sarah Goforth


Lyapunov Technologies LLC

University of Delaware
Anthony Rossi, Duanyi Wei

Lyapunov Technologies LLC is a technology-driven financial service company that strives to revolutionize the investment and risk management space by applying a unique engineering approach to handle unwanted disruptions and market uncertainties. The governing principles of our innovation are well-established and widely-applied to address volatility pertaining to physical systems from the stage acoustics to aircraft autopilot. With our trailblazing advances of this practice to the financial space, our comprehensive and systematic risk-management solution provides our customers with the perfect balance of performance and risk-protection, through a unique hedge fund offering customized financial services.

FACULTY ADVISOR:  Vincent DiFelice


MedKairos

University of Michigan
Andrew Kozminski, Michael Moore

MedKairos is automating the cancer biopsy assessment process.  We are a medical technology company building the Bioptic™ system to increase the accuracy of cancer sample collection and reduce the time and labor required to reach a diagnosis. Bioptic™ uses a proprietary cartridge, camera and image processing software package to verify that a sample has enough tissue to make a diagnosis – work traditionally done by a pathologist and a microscope. Our team of engineers, clinicians, and business veterans is strategically positioned to launch our flagship product in Q2 of 2019.

FACULTY ADVISOR:  Anne Perigo


Mindful Mix

University of Louisville
JD Mitchell, Eric Wentworth

Mindful Mix (www.drinkmindful.com) is an all-natural mix fortified with vitamins and electrolytes.  In 2016, Americans ordered over 3,000 margaritas every hour, but if they wanted to enjoy a cocktail at home, they were limited to buying mixers full of sugar and artificial ingredients or juicing their own limes. This is despite that 90% of North American households purchased clean-label groceries last year, a category worth $62 billion. Time-strapped consumers don’t have a convenient option for enjoying a health-conscious, craft cocktail at home. Current Mindful Mix flavors include the Turmeric Ginger Mule and Super Greens Margarita, as featured on The Hub Louisville’s cocktail menu.

FACULTY ADVISORS:  Suzanne Bergmeister, Van Clouse


SalvePeds

University of Notre Dame
Raja Krishnan, Nguyen Trung

SalvePeds is an early stage pharmaceutical company offering the novel drug ND-336 as a topical therapy for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Pre-clinical studies with ND-336 in diabetic animals have shown that this drug accelerates healing up to 200% over placebo-treated, and is 150% more efficacious than the only FDA-approved drug Regranex™. Our goal is to provide an effective, safe and convenient healing treatment for DFUs to prevent thousands of amputations and fatalities. Currently, we have initiated IND-enabling studies and we plan on beginning phase I clinical trials in early 2019.

FACULTY ADVISOR:  Mayland Chang


The Sustainable Products Company

University of Kentucky
Chandni Joshi, Ankit Jangid, Landon Mott, Priyesh Wagh

The existing $3 billion insecticide market doesn’t meet the need for all-natural, non-synthetic pesticides. As interest in clean food grows, there is an increasing demand for sustainably sourced agricultural products, especially with limited farmland availability. Many farmers, including organic, currently rely on synthetic or copper-based pesticides which increase yield but can lead to groundwater contamination and other negative effects. Consequently, safe agricultural products are needed. The Sustainable Products Company meets this demand by producing all-natural WiseEarth™ Pest Repellent. Our company will initially target the US insecticide market, with significant growth in potential global markets.

FACULTY ADVISORS: Jeffrey Seay, Mariam Giorjian


WeavAir

University of Toronto
Julie Huber, Apoorva Mittal, Natalia Mykhaylova

We spend 90% of time indoors and one faulty heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can cost over $6,500/employee/year in employee productivity.  WeavAir harnesses advanced sensor technology, algorithms and predictive analytics to manage high value HVAC systems, improve indoor air quality, save energy and steamline operations. WeavAir attaches to vents and filters to measure the air coming out of these systems. Our devices measure 7 diagnostic metrics, streaming wirelessly in real time. We offer service subscription to building service providers, helping them save time and money.

FACULTY ADVISOR:  Marianne Touchie

2018 Judges & Speakers


FIRST TRACK JUDGES


Chris Bailey, CEO
Revio – GearBrake

Chris founded Revio in 2013 after a motorcycle wreck set him on a path to make riding safer. Since then, Chris has gone through the Nucleus LaunchIt program twice, the Velocity IN Accelerator, was one of 4 Vogt Award finalists in 2014 and went on to win the $100K prize at the Vogt Demo Day. He also won the 2014 Venture Connectors Venture Sharks competition and took home both the regional and state Kentucky Innovation Network pitch competitions that year. EnterpriseCorp named his company a 2014 Hot Dozen company. In 2015, his team completed the prestigious Techstars accelerator program in Detroit, rebranded to Revio and built a connected motorcycle IoT platform.

Previously, Chris was an Account Manager at Siemens  responsible for $20M in annual accounts, as well as Vice President at Bailey Tools. He received his undergrad in Management from the University of Louisville and his MBA from Bellarmine University. Chris is a professor of social entrepreneurship at Simmons College. He is a lifelong resident of Louisville and regularly gives back through mentorship and teaching at Junior Achievement.


Eugene Bajorinas, Vice President, Operations
Novian Health Inc.

Gene has more than 25 years of healthcare and medical device experience with early stage, rapidly growing and large companies. He is an operations, marketing and strategy executive with a track record of developing high performing teams. At Novian Health, a Chicago-based medical device company that developed an image-guided laser to ablate breast tumors, he leads U.S. and European operations, including clinical trials and helped raise $16 Million.

Previously, he was Vice President Marketing at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, a $2 billion health system, where he led the brand building efforts that established Norton as the market leader. In San Francisco, he led West Coast operations and business development for several publicly-traded Lasik surgery companies. As Lasik Vision’s first U.S. based employee he helped launch its U.S. expansion, responsible for the de novo startup of a dozen surgery centers from Anchorage to Beverly Hills, Honolulu to Las Vegas, and grew his region to $50 million within a year and the Company was acquired.  He began his career in Miami leading marketing, strategic planning and international business development for Mercy Health Systems. He earned an MBA from the University of Miami and a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.


Tendai Charasika, CEO
SuperFanU, Inc.

As the CEO of the fast-growing technology company, SuperFanU, Tendai’s leadership responsibilities include guiding the vision, strategy and  execution of value creating milestones including: fundraising, talent acquisition, and business development activities. Prior to joining the Louisville-based SuperFanU team in 2014, he was the Executive Director of Greater Louisville Inc.’s (GLI) EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurship arm of the region’s leading economic development agency. Prior to that he worked for the fast-growing, entrepreneurial firm, Summit Energy. Tendai is involved on several boards including Venture Connectors, the Louisville Sports Commission and the Fund for the Arts. Tendai holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an Entrepreneurial MBA, both from the University of Louisville.


Justin Delaney, President
Menguin and Generation Tux

Justin serves as President for competing online tuxedo rental companies. Last fall, Menguin was acquired by Generation Tux for $25M.  Menguin launched in 2014 and raised about $2.5 M in outside financing from Scott Dorsey, Mark Cuban and several others. Generation Tux was founded in 2015 by George Zimmer of “You’re going to look good, I guarantee it” fame. Menguin grew at a 780% CAGR until being acquired by Generation Tux.

Generation Tux/Menguin is located in Jeffersontown in a 300K square foot facility that ships tuxedos and suits nationwide. Technology is a large focus: RFID chips are used to track inventory, a fit algorithm utilizes cutting-edge machine learning to accurately predict sizes, and the warehouse runs on an internally built software platform. Both brands focus primarily on wedding customers who are ages 24-36. Tuxedo/suit rental is a $1.5B industry and still dominated by brick and mortar stores. Menguin and Generation Tux are excited about shifting most of that market online over the next decade.

Justin has worked as a travel writer, derivatives trader, bartender, airline revenue manager and entrepreneur. Prior to Menguin, Justin worked for AOL, Delta Air Lines and received his MBA from Indiana University in 2013. Outside of business, Justin is obsessed with writing and travel. He is currently on a quest to visit every country in the world and is writing a book about startup life. Justin and his family have moved 5 times in the last 5 years and are excited to be settled down in Prospect, KY.


Trisha Finnegan, Vice President of
Mission & Impact
Community Foundation of Louisville

Trisha brings nearly 20 years of multi-functional experience identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to create meaningful results. Her experience includes two Fortune 100 corporations,  nonprofit organizations and a technology-based social enterprise.     

Currently, Trisha is focused on crafting and executing efforts and strategies that create sustained, positive impact across our community. Previously, Trisha was the Managing Director of Biometrac, an organization increasing access to and improving healthcare in developing countries. A Louisville-native, Trisha holds a B.S. in Business and Organizational Behavior from Miami University in Oxford, OH where she graduated magna cum laude. Trisha is an active Board member of the Louisville Urban League and of Awesome Fund Louisville.


Maggie Galloway, CEO
Inscope Medical

Inscope is a medical device company that is developing and commercializing a novel laryngoscope system that combines several devices into one, improving patient safety and saving costs for hospitals. Before founding Inscope Medical, Maggie was an Innovation Consultant at Humana, Inc. Maggie specialized in clinical product development from user research to concept development to product scale. During her time at Humana, she developed several new innovations for diabetes that aimed to slow progression of the disease in Medicare patients.  Maggie received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.


Steve Huey, CEO/Co-Founder
Capture Higher Ed

Steve is the CEO of Capture Higher Ed, an industry-leading technology firm that provides predictive modeling and marketing automation software to university recruitment offices nationwide. Capture uses narrow AI and machine learning to provide its partners with extraordinarily accurate enrollment and financial aid data. Steve is a huge promoter of gaining higher education as he believes it provides the knowledge and inspiration that is needed to help influence our future.

At Capture, Steve has built a stellar culture that aims to align personal and professional goals so that employees can achieve their dreams too.  While maintaining fast growth, 3-years on both the Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing US Companies and Louisville’s Fast 50 Companies, Capture has also been awarded Best Places to Work both in Louisville and nationally through publications like Inc. magazine, where they were given a prestigious Top 200 Best Culture’s to work for in 2017.

Steve is a passionate entrepreneur that has experienced success on both coasts, and believes that Louisville has what it takes to be a hotbed of innovation. Featured in Forbes’ Built to Sell and ranked in Insider Louisville as Louisville’s #1 “Startup Standout” you can find Steve mentoring dozens of startup CEOs across town. He is also actively involved as Chairman or on Board of Directors in several organizations like GLI EnterpriseCorp, 1804 Entrepreneurial Center, Louisville LaunchIt, and Louisville’s IMBA Program.


Angelique Johnson, CEO
MEMStim

As CEO/founder of MEMStim, Dr. Angelique Johnson has raised nearly $2.5 M in non-dilutive funds for the medical device start-up. An expert in Lean Startup Methodology, she has educated students on building successful companies. With a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, she is an authority on innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Johnson delivered a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, served as a speaker for the eighth district of the Federal Reserve, and delivered several international talks.  She has been featured on NBC Universal, National Public Radio, The Root news site, Louisville Insider, Business First and other media outlets.


Ross Jordan, Principal
Yearling Funds

Ross joined the Yearling Funds, an early-stage venture capital firm, as an Associate in September 2012, and was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2015. He performs due diligence for prospective investments and assists existing portfolio companies with fundraising, business strategy, financial modeling, and general corporate structuring issues. With his legal background, Ross is deeply involved in the document drafting phase for new and follow-on investments. Prior to joining the Yearling Funds, he spent two summers as a Summer Associate with Stites & Harbison, a large Southeastern law firm with offices in five states. While at Stites & Harbison, Ross worked on a range of legal projects, including both corporate and litigation matters. Ross received his BA from Xavier University and his JD/MBA from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Venture Connectors and is a licensed attorney with the Kentucky Bar.


Greg Langdon, Angel Investor, Startup Advisor

Greg is an experienced executive with a background in corporate and product strategy for technology businesses. He has a range of experience in executive management, business development, M&A, product management, marketing and product development. Greg was a senior member of the management team that led Efficient Networks from a venture-funded startup into a market-leading position in broadband equipment, an initial public offering, acquisitions of several smaller firms, and subsequent acquisition by Siemens AG. He serves on the investment committee of an angel fund, is a board member for several early-stage technology companies and is a member of the Board of Advisors for GLI EnterpriseCorp and Venture Connectors. Greg has worked closely with numerous startups in over a dozen accelerator programs. He is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and is co-author of three patents.


Jake Miller, CEO
Toggle Health

Jake is the CEO of Toggle Health, a medical device company that aims to dramatically reduce surgical errors by providing surgeons with a wireless, sterile controller to access their patient data during surgery without having to leave the sterile environment. Jake started Toggle Health in December 2016 and was awarded a $75K grant from Nucleus and won the Venture Connectors Sharks competition in 2017. Previously, Jake was a retail health executive with Target, Walgreens and Humana where he launched dozens of successful new products and businesses. Jake is active in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem as a coach for the LaunchIt program and as a mentor for XLerate Health. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Bellarmine and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Jake is on the board of Louisville-based New Roots, working to create affordable access for farm-fresh food.


Brett Moreno, Director of New Programs Development, Cuddle Clones

Brett has a background in business to business marketing. He’s worked at several start-ups helping to successfully grow their base and strategic partnerships. He is currently with Cuddle Clones, a growth stage company in Louisville that creates high-quality, custom products designed to look like people’s pets. At Cuddle Clones, Brett is responsible for growing and managing their partnership program with other pet-related businesses. Before joining the company, he marketed technology-based inventions at the University of Louisville Research Department. In addition to Cuddle Clones, Brett is a business coach at LaunchIt, a lean start-up training program designed for start-ups and early-stage companies. Brett received both his MBA and Bachelors degree in marketing from the University of Louisville.


Hank Paxton, Ph.D., Research & Development Engineer, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

Dr. William (Hank) Paxton is a research and development engineer with the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville where he focuses on the development of novel technologies that can be readily translated to the commercial sector. In addition to this work at UofL, he has served as a manufacturing consultant for several private companies and is currently facilitating the establishment of a $300M CAPEX advanced materials fabrication facility in the State of Kentucky.

Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Dr. Paxton co-founded an R&D company (IOP Technologies, LLC) to advance a diamond-based, direct thermal-to-electrical energy conversion technology he patented as a graduate student. Paxton has been awarded numerous federal and state grants to advance his innovative approach to Thermionic Energy Conversion (TEC), from both NASA and NSF. IOP is currently in talks to license their intellectual property.

Dr. Paxton is a native of Kentucky, having been born and raised in Paducah. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in 2009, majoring in Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. He then chose to remain a Vanderbilt where he completed both an M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2013) in electrical engineering.


Jeff Shrensker, Vice President
BB&T

Jeff Shrensker has been with BB&T since 1995 and currently serves as a BSO-Portfolio Manager Team Leader within Kentucky’s Regional Corporate & Commercial Banking teams, which involves extensive credit underwriting and risk and portfolio management, along with relationship support for BB&T clients and prospects, as well as leading a team of portfolio managers within the Kentucky region. Past roles within BB&T included retail branch management, small business relationship management, and credit portfolio management for middle market and corporate clients.

He has been a judge for the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Challenge business plan competition since 2009 and is a frequent presenter to undergraduate and graduate Capitalism classes at Uof L about the importance of corporate culture. Former board membership includes The Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) for the City of Louisville, Seven Counties Services, Inc.(k/n/a Centerstone)  and The Venture Club of Louisville, Inc. Mr. Shrensker graduated from the University of Louisville in 1995 with a major in finance and a minor in political science, and graduated from the school’s Professional MBA program in 2009.


Jennifer Williams, CEO
Cuddle Clones,  Cartoonize My Pet

Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Cuddle Clones, a startup company that creates soft and adorable plush versions of people’s pets as well as other custom pet products. She has a BS in Mathematics and Business from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Jennifer spent 10 years as a benefits consulting actuary and her last job before making the entrepreneurial leap was with PwC. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community in Louisville and periodically develops financial models for other startups in the area. Cuddle Clones recently acquired Cartoonize My Pet, an online customization engine in which people can pick from several hundred base pets, tweak every little detail from eye color to socks on the paws, to create their one-of-a-kind cartoon version of their pet. After adding accessories and themed backgrounds, the design created is then projected onto Zazzle’s product line which includes over 250 custom products such as gift wrap, apparel, stationery and pet bowls.


Jackie Willmot, CEO
XLerateHealth and Venture Consultant

Jackie has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry including executive positions in the Life Science, Payer and Healthcare Service space. Her experience also includes 9+ years working directly with and for healthcare start-ups.  Jackie is the CEO of XLerateHealth (www.xleratehealth.com), a Louisville based healthcare accelerator.  XLerateHealth accepts applications on a rolling basis (https://gust.com/programs/xleratehealth-2018).

Jackie volunteers her time in the start-up community and has served as a judge for the annual Invention and Innovation Awards competition, the Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge and the European MBA challenge.  Jackie also coaches healthcare startups via the LaunchIT program and works closely with Coulter, ExCITE, and iCorp funded companies.  She is a Master’s prepared Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and holds an MBA from the University of Louisville’s entrepreneurship program, a Master’s of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Baccalaureate Nursing degree from Villa Maria College.


FAST PITCH


Jeff Ames, Founder, Bluegrass Barrels
VP Commercial Relationship Manager, Stock Yards Bank

With a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech, Jeff bolstered his education by graduating from the University of Louisville’s IMBA program in 2011. A commercial banker by day at Stock Yards Bank, Jeff also founded Bluegrass Barrels, LLC in January 2011. Bluegrass Barrels has sold more than 40,000 mini-bourbon barrels since inception. Jeff has served on several volunteer boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, YPAL, and the St. Xavier Business and Professional Association.


Chris Blakely, Founder and CEO
Credit Fair-e

Chris is the Founder and CEO of Credit Fair-e. Credit Fair-e is a socially responsible lender that leverages advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning to help low and middle-income families break their cycle of debt by providing them with fair, affordable small-dollar loans. Chris received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.


Jacy Cruz, Customer Experience Manager
Student Loan Hero

Jacy Cruz has spent the past several years helping support and grow Louisville’s entrepreneurial community. In 2011, she co-founded US Chia, where she helped commercialize a patented chia seed technology. In 2013, she was a founding Director of the region’s first healthcare accelerator, XLerateHealth, and later served as Operations Director of Velocity Indiana, an entrepreneurship center that offered co-working space and an accelerator program. She has since worked with several local startups, most recently as Head of Experience for MobileServe, a volunteer engagement platform. Jacy is currently the Customer Experience Manager for Student Loan Hero, where she helps guide the company’s business strategy based on customer feedback. She received an A.B. from Princeton University and an Entrepreneurship MBA from the University of Louisville.


David Gollinger, Lead Accountant
Brown-Forman

David is a Lead Accountant at Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies. He is a licensed CPA with over 14 years of experience in industry and public accounting. David has a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from The Ohio State University and an Entrepreneurship MBA from the University of Louisville where he graduated with distinction. While at UofL, David co-founded DV Tech, a rubber recycling concept company which he and his MBA team presented at seven business plan competitions, concluding with winning the Edward H. Molter Memorial Prize for Best Presentation at the 2016 Rice Business Plan Competition. David and his wife Amy’s most recent new venture is their daughter Ava who was born in 2017.


Kela Ivonye, CEO, MailHaven Inc.

MailHaven is building infrastructure for the future of delivery. Our first two products; an iOS package tracking app and the Haven smart mailbox helps homeowners avoid missed deliveries and stolen packages, providing convenience and accountability at the last mile of delivery.

Prior to MailHaven, Kela founded Arrow Food Couriers, an on-demand delivery service. Kela has a B.Sc. in Geographic Information Systems. He is a champion for the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Initiative and has published works for the US Housing and Urban Department as well as Recode magazine. Kela is interested in nascent technologies in delivery and eCommerce infrastructure and has a passion for building technology that reduces carbon emission in traditional industries. When he is not problem-solving, he enjoys reading, watching soccer and playing volleyball.

 


FINALS


Vik Chadha, Managing Director of
GlowTouch Technologies

Vik is the co-founder of a number of high-tech companies such as Backupify, a leading backup provider for cloud-based data; GlowTouch Technologies, a six-time Inc. 500/5000 software and services company with 1500 employees; and Scalable Ventures, an early-stage startup investment and operating firm. From 2001 to 2010, he served as a Managing Director of the EnterpriseCorp in Louisville, where he managed a portfolio of over 100 client companies and helped them raise $120 million in funding. Prior to EnterpriseCorp, he worked as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at bCatalyst, an early-stage business incubator. Vik holds a B.S. degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology and has an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Kenneth Gardner, Founder/CEO
conDati Inc.

Ken is CEO and founder conDati, Inc., a new company using data science and machine learning to build next generation marketing analytics. He has more than 40 years in the enterprise software industry. He is a seven-time entrepreneur having previously been the founder and Chairman of SOASTA (acquired by Akamai in April 2017); founder and chief executive officer of Istante (acquired by Oracle in December 2004); Sagent Technology (IPO in April 2000); ReportSmith (acquired by Borland in March 1994); and ViewPoint Systems (acquired by Knowledgeware in June 1992). His first startup, in 1985, was Tesseract Corporation, where he was senior vice president of technology. From 1978 to 1985, he worked in R&D at Tymshare. He holds more than 20 granted patents in the fields of real-time analytics and visualization. Gardner is a 1972 finance graduate of the University of Louisville. He was selected as an Alumni Fellow in 2000 and was elected to the College of Business Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2013. He lives in Menlo Park, California.


Bob Saunders, General Partner,
OCA Ventures

Bob is a General Partner at OCA Ventures (a leading Chicago venture capital firm), a Founding Partner of Saunders Murdoch & Associates (Louisville/Boston) and is Chairman of XLerateHealth (Louisville).

He is an active investor in several healthcare and technology startups. Bob was a Managing Director and General Partner at Chrysalis Ventures (1997 – 2009). Bob was a founding board member of MetaCyte Business Lab, the University of Louisviille’s life science incubator. He is also a co-founder of XLerateHealth, one of the leading healthcare accelerators in the US. Over the last 30 years, he has invested in dozens of startup companies (several of which have gone public or been acquired by large strategic investors) and has mentored 100+ startups. Bob worked for several years as a strategy consultant with both The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co. before becoming a professional venture capital investor. Bob received a  B.A. from Stanford University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an M.A. from Harvard University. He was both a Marshall Scholar and Fulbright Scholar.


Viji Evers, Technology Vice President, Solution Engineering
Humana Inc.

Viji is an executive responsible for crafting the vision and delivery strategy of cutting edge, mission critical applications to support Humana’s core domains such as Product, Pricing, Sales, Enrollment, Billing, Wellness and Messaging. Her geographically diverse IT teams build technology solutions that enable end-to-end enrollment support for Medicare, Individual, and Commercial consumers.

Viji’s 24 year IT career includes technology leadership for Fortune 500 companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb and Kraft Foods. She is active in the Louisville entrepreneurial community, and enjoys applying her business process streamlining expertise on a variety of entrepreneurial ventures in the capacity of investor and strategic partner. Viji completed her MBA in Entrepreneurship from University of Louisville and holds a Master of Management Studies degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.


John Wechsler, Founder of Launch Fishers and The Indiana IoT Lab

John has founded, co-founded or served in C-level roles in several high-growth and venture-backed startups including Formstack, Formspring, DeveloperTown, Vontoo, Wishoo and beenz. In 2012, John founded Launch Fishers, a 52,000 square foot launch pad for start-ups and high-potential enterprises with the goal of being a catalyst for economic development. In 2014, John founded the statewide entrepreneurial mentorship initiative Launch Indiana; he continues to serve as an active advisor to entrepreneurs and startup teams. In 2017, John founded The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers (IndianaIoT.com), a 24,000 square foot innovation and commercialization hub for Internet of Things (IoT)-related enterprises scheduled to grand open on March 21, 2018.

John has been a lifetime volunteer with community and nonprofit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce where he co-chairs the Technology & Innovation Council.

John started his career at IBM where he managed the global account plans for multiple Fortune 500 clients and achieved membership in the Golden Circle- recognizing the top 1.5% of the IBM sales force. Prior to joining IBM, John earned a marketing degree from Indiana University where he participated in the School of Business Overseas Study Program in Maastricht, the Netherlands. John is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Emerging Media Design and Development at Ball State University. John also served in the US Army where he learned the art of rappelling from helicopters as an Air Assault-Qualified Combat Engineer in the First Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas!


KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Douglas F. Cobb
2017 KY Entrepreneur Hall of Fame honoree

Douglas Cobb is a life-long entrepreneur.  In the past he’s served as CEO of Appriss, Greater Louisville Inc., and The Cobb Group, and as a director for a variety of companies including Summit Energy Services, Genscape, and Golden State Overnight. Currently, Doug serves as Entrepreneur in Residence with Chrysalis Ventures, and serves on the boards of several companies, including CompleteSet LLC and EDJ Analytics.

Doug is a three-time Inc. 500 CEO, and a three-time Kentucky Entrepreneur of the Year. Doug and his wife Gena are members of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, where he teaches the Word by Word Adult Bible Fellowship class and serves as an elder. He is active in a variety of Christian ministries, including Streams in the Desert, an indigenous Nigerian ministry, and the Issachar Initiative.

Doug and Gena have been married for 37 years and have three grown children and one adorable grandson.

2018 Cardinal Challenge Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2018 CARDINAL CHALLENGE

Business Plan Competition Results:

1st Place Business Plan, Lapovations LLC, University of Arkansas

1st Place Business Plan, Lapovations LLC, University of Arkansas

2nd Place Business Plan, WeavAir, University of Toronto.

2nd Place Business Plan, WeavAir, University of Toronto.

3rd Place Business Plan, Mindful Mix, University of Louisville

3rd Place Business Plan, Mindful Mix, University of Louisville

4th Place Business Plan, Hansel, University of California

4th Place Business Plan, Hansel, University of California

1st Place Fast Pitch SalvePeds, University of Notre Dame

1st Place Fast Pitch, SalvePeds, University of Notre Dame

2nd Place Fast Pitch The Sustainable Products Company, University of Kentucky

2nd Place Fast Pitch, The Sustainable Products Company, University of Kentucky

2018 Program

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2017 Cardinal Challenge

2017 Cardinal Challenge

2017 Cardinal Challenge Teams

AIM Tech

University of Michigan
Stephen John, Aaron Steiner

Every year, 1M+ babies die of respiratory illness; 99% of these deaths occur in low-middle income countries. AIM Tech has developed an affordable, high quality, low-tech pressure ventilator.  Our patent-pending, award-winning NeoVent costs less than 1/100th the price of existing ventilators, is easy to use and requires no electrical power. We have received Nepali governmental approval for clinical testing and are working closely with Respiratory Therapists Without Borders to implement. We plan to implement NeoVent around the world to save millions of lives among infants experiencing severe respiratory distress and for dozens of other respiratory conditions.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Anne Perigo


Aunt Mary’s

University of Western Ontario
Ryan Bauer, Erik Lapointe, Michael Palumbo

Aunt Mary’s provides consumers with powdered beverage mixes, capable of balancing and counteracting the foul taste of marijuana and other essential oils in an easy, enjoyable and convenient consumption method. The powdered mix will be combined with water and patients will add their own personal marijuana oil supply to the beverage.  We do not directly handle any marijuana oils.  This allows us to operate without being subject to medical marijuana regulations. We offer a smokeless alternative that all registered medical marijuana patients, from children to elderly, can benefit from.
FACULTY ADVISOR: Eric Morse


Kitchen Table Inc.

Yale University
Zoe Lloyd

Kitchen Table was founded to improve accessibility to nutritious, plant-based food. We are reinventing cooking for today’s busy lifestyles by removing the barriers to preparing and eating healthy meals at home, with plant-based frozen meal kits that cook on the stove in under 15 minutes. Current time-saving meal options all require consumers to make an undesirable compromise – on their health, time or wallets.  Our frozen stovetop meals are nutritious, filling dinners with a full serving of a plant-based starch, plant protein side and nut-based sauce. They contain no artificial ingredeints or preservatives, low amounts of sodium and are vegan-friendly.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Jennifer McFadden


MetaCT

University of Louisville
Max Kommor, Nick McRae

The asphalt industry loses $1B annually due to avoidable trucking related expenses. Typical GPS
Fleet Management solutions use expensive hardware and are built for companies that own trucks, not companies that subcontract them. Meta Construction Technologies, LLC (www.meta-ct.com) is a construction-tech firm in Louisville, KY that is giving control to the asphalt industry with our innovative Fleet Management & Dispatch software solution, BlackTop. Asphalt contractors request trucks from trucking vendors and track drivers using our mobile app. With heavy highway construction and software development experience, the Meta management team is well-equipped to solve a large pain for an underserved market.
FACULTY ADVISORS:  Van Clouse, Suzanne Bergmeister


Paramergent

University of Manitoba
Warren Abrey, Catherine David, Keya Gaglani, Aditya Kedia, Chau Tu

Paramergent develops real-time communication technology to assist medical professionals. We built on the original concept by creating a tool that
captures and transmits the patient’s journey from first contact with the paramedic until hospital handoff. The technology is designed to save critical time and enhance information exchanges between paramedics and emergency room staff. Paramergent is passionate about creating new medical technologies aimed at delivering life-saving information as fast and concise as possible. Our goal is to build and provide the EMS solution of choice for effective emergency patient care.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Stuart Henrickson


RED BioBattery

University of Arkansas
Zeqing Chen, Carlos Francisco, Carly Jenkins, Gurshagan Kandhola

Our biobattery business taps into the growing need for reliable, long-term and safe power in implantable medical devices (IMDs) such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Existing IMDs operate on conventional Li batteries that have a limited lifespan of 5-7 years. Our RED biobattery technology generates power from the difference in salt concentration in blood streams using a stack of ion-exchange membranes. It has the potential to last for the lifetime of the subject, thus eliminating the need for frequent replacement surgeries that expose patients to the risk of life-threatening infections and cause the entire medical network to incur huge costs.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Carol Reeves


Sohr performance + nutrition

University of Oregon
Jose Luis Campos, Andrew Ek, Joey Jaraczewski

Sohr performance + nutrition estimates that there are 11.8 female outdoor athletes in the USA> 61% of this market consumes a homemade plant-based protein shake regularly, and existing products in this category do not meet their nutrition expectations. Sohr will win this $168.9 million opportunity by releasing a line of 5 ready-to-drink, plant-based protein shakes. Launching in the Pacific Northwest in Fall 2017, Sohr is seeking $250,000 to capture the West Coast over a 3-year timeline. Sohr will become a Certified B-Corp to enhance our brand’s status among target consumers and provide a rigorous structure for our early stage efforts.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Allan Cochrane


Stillage Solutions

University of Kentucky
Zach Yonts, Fletcher Young

The manufacture of activated carbons comprises a $1.3 Billion industry in the United States alone.  Current industry practices are expensive, inefficient, and harmful to the environment.  Stillage Solutions has developed a unique and novel chemical manufacturing process capable of producing high-quality activated carbons for a fraction of standard industry cost. This process, utilizing a biomass technique known as hydrothermal carbonization, is capable of converting the byproducts of alcohol brewing and distilling, known as waste stillage, into value-added activated carbon products. This process is also very environmentally friendly, producing only water, carbon dioxide, and innocuous gaseous effluents as byproducts.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Mariam Giorjian


Structured Immunity

University of Notre Dame
David Hardwicke, Fan Ping, Tim Riley

Structured Immunity™ is a service based biotech company specializing in the optimization and enhancement of the human immune system for cell-based cancer immunotherapy. Our service provides significant value and solves key market pains currently affecting the immunotherapy industry:  potency and side effects resulting from off-target immune recognition.
Using an innovative platform known as Optimized Receptor Binding (ORB™), the company engages with pharmaceutical firms to engineer patentable cellular cancer therapies with enhanced tumor targeting technology.  ORB™ can increase immunotherapy potency, reduce side effects, and ultimately aid our customers in gaining FDA approval of new, best-in-class immunotherapies.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Brian Baker


SVEME

University of Notre Dame
W. Cole Craveth, Matthew Curtis

SVEME, or Small Volume Early Malignancy Exam, is a biomedical diagnostic tool designed to identify early-stage cancer. The test analyzes biomarkers from microvesicles found in bodily fluids, such as blood, and is important because it can improve patient survival by detecting cancerous lesions far earlier than existing techniques. As a diagnostic company, SVEME seeks to market this service directly to consumers in an effort to improve customer value, profitability and feasibility. SVEME will improve patient welfare by monitoring for life threatening cancers that, if caught early, can be dealt with in a more successful and cost-effective manner.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  Gaylene Anderson


Toys4Trade.com

Indiana University
Nicolas Palazzo, Jorge Pinilla

Toys4Trade is a user-friendly, location-based trading platform that facilitates communication between parents allowing them to exchange used toys and baby products at no cost. 80 million parents in the USA alone have kids 17 years old and under and share the same problem, toys-overload, spending over $370 per year per kid, with kids getting easily bored and toys accumulating everywhere. Toys4trade is here to solve the problem, allowing parents to trade toys in a hassle free manner, in three different ways: direct transaction, multiparty transaction and one-side transaction with an engaging points system.
FACULTY ADVISOR: Donald Kuratko


WeBahn

University of Waterloo
Andrew McKinnon, Sean Smith

WeBahn is a platform that provides up-to-date, real time information about public transportation in developing countries, where there is poor or absent infrastructure to provide data about transit systems.Unlike competitors that lack precise information in these regions because they rely on centralized data from authorities, WeBahn offers a simpler proposal: connect the dots by putting tons of data that are currently available in commuters’ pockets to the service of these own commuters. Using crowdsourcing, crowdsensing and generating incentives for collaboration, WeBahn aims to use commuters’ mobile data as the inputs to generate real time information about journeys and schedules.
FACULTY ADVISOR:  David Rose

2017 Cardinal Challenge Judges

FIRST TRACK JUDGES

(Ty) Sumner Adams, Managing Director

Adams:Kinkade Design

Ty is an industrial design entrepreneur commercializing innovative products for startups and intrapreneurial corporate teams. He has co-founded and served  multiple companies as CDO – chief design officer. Ty spent the previous decade leading design and global product development for Paoli, Inc. and Kimball International’s Advanced Products Group. Ty is active in the Metro’s entrepreneurial eco-system as a Coach for NUCLEUS’ LAUNCHit Program and lecturing professor for the inaugural cross-disciplinary industrial design co-creation course at the University of Louisville. He previously chaired the Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards and  served on the Venture Connectors Board. Ty has been awarded nine U.S./EU patents and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ID (industrial design) from California State University Long Beach.


Tendai Charasika, CEO

SuperFanU, Inc.

As the CEO of the fast-growing technology company, SuperFanU, Tendai’s leadership responsibilities include guiding the vision, strategy and  execution of value creating milestones including: fundraising, talent acquisition, and business development activities. Prior to joining the Louisville-based SuperFanU team in 2014, he was the Executive Director of Greater Louisville Inc.’s (GLI) EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurship arm of the region’s leading economic development agency. Prior to that he worked for the fast-growing, entrepreneurial firm, Summit Energy. Tendai is involved on several boards including Venture Connectors, the Louisville Sports Commission and the Fund for the Arts. Tendai holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an Entrepreneurial MBA, both from the University of Louisville.


Lynn Cooper, President and CEO

BFW Inc.

Lynn is president and CEO of BFW Inc., a Louisville-based manufacturer, marketer and exporter of high-intensity surgical headlight and video systems. As a small business owner, she travels globally to successfully compete in a market of much larger medical device corporations. Within the Kentucky business community, Lynn is an active board member of Venture Connectors, Kentucky District Export Council, Dress for Success Louisville, and the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement. She is also current Chair and a founding member of Louisville’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NEW).


Thad Druffel, Theme Leader

Solar Manufacturing R&D
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville

Thad’s interests are developing materials and processes for scalable manufacture of devices for renewable energy.  Through this work he has mentored post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate and high school researchers that has resulted in several publications, patent applications, presentations, collaborations and funding. He is the founder of Bert Thin Films, LLC, which is pursuing commercialization of some of the research being conducted at the Conn Center. He has been engaged in product development efforts spanning a twenty year career involving projects encompassing solar and water facilities in Africa to corporate research and development of cutting edge technologies. He earned his BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Colorado State University and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville.


Trisha Finnegan, Vice President

Mission & Impact
Community Foundation of Louisville

Trisha brings nearly 20 years of multi-functional experience identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to create meaningful results. Her experience includes two Fortune 100 corporations,  nonprofit organizations and a technology-based social enterprise.
Currently Trisha is focused on crafting and executing efforts and strategies that create sustained, positive impact across our community. Previously, Trisha was the Managing Director of Biometrac, an organization increasing access to and improving healthcare in developing countries. A Louisville-native, Trisha holds a B.S. in Business and Organizational Behavior from Miami University in Oxford, OH where she graduated magna cum laude. Trisha is an active Board member of the Louisville Urban League and of Awesome Fund Louisville.


Maggie Galloway, CEO

Inscope Medical

Inscope is a medical device company that is developing and commercializing a novel laryngoscope system that combines several devices into one, improving patient safety and saving costs for hospitals. Before founding Inscope Medical, Maggie was an Innovation Consultant at Humana, Inc. Maggie specialized in clinical product development from user research to concept development to product scale. During her time at Humana, she developed several new innovations for diabetes that aimed to slow progression of the disease in Medicare patients.  Maggie received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.


Steve Huey, CEO/Co-founder

Capture Higher Ed

I am passionate about helping others reach their goals. My belief is that  human capital is quickly becoming the only differentiator between good companies and great ones. I strive to create a corporate culture that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit in order to align both personal and professional goals. If you can do that, you are assured success. I also love integrating cutting-edge technologies into already existing markets that desperately need them. An experienced executive in leading and growing technology-based businesses, I manage aggressive and innovative management teams – including business development, product design and management, software architecture and operations management.
Currently I serve as CEO of Capture Higher Ed, an industry-leading Technology firm that combines the principles of Narrow AI, Machine Learning, Big Data and Best Practices in Enrollment Management. We are creating and implementing new technologies to assist our partners in meeting their enrollment goals. I am an avid promoter of gaining higher education; it helps provide hope, build critical understandings and influences possibilities of the future. I believe that at Capture we are doing our part by helping people obtain an education to build a better world.


Ross Jordan, Principal

Yearling Funds

Ross joined the Yearling Funds, an early-stage venture capital firm, as an Associate in September 2012, and was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2015. He performs due diligence for prospective investments and assists existing portfolio companies with fundraising, business strategy, financial modeling, and general corporate structuring issues. With his legal background, Ross is deeply involved in the document drafting phase for new and follow-on investments. Prior to joining the Yearling Funds, he spent two summers as a Summer Associate with Stites & Harbison, a large Southeastern law firm with offices in five states. While at Stites & Harbison, Ross worked on a range of legal projects, including both corporate and litigation matters. Ross received his BA from Xavier University and his JD/MBA from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Venture Connectors and is a licensed attorney with the Kentucky Bar.


Greg Langdon, Angel Investor, Startup Advisor

Greg is an experienced executive with a background in corporate and product strategy for technology businesses. He has a range of experience in executive management, business development, M&A, product management, marketing and product development. Greg was a senior member of the management team that led Efficient Networks from a venture-funded startup into a market-leading position in broadband equipment, an initial public offering, acquisitions of several smaller firms, and subsequent acquisition by Siemens AG. He serves on the investment committee of an angel fund, is a board member for several early-stage technology companies and is a member of the Board of Advisors for GLI EnterpriseCorp and Venture Connectors. Greg has worked closely with numerous startups in over a dozen accelerator programs. He is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and is co-author of three patents


Kacie Neutz, CEO/Co-founder

TheraBracelet

Kacie is the co-founder and CEO of TheraBracelet, an early stage start-up in the wearables industry, whose core product utilizes a unique vibration technology to improve reaction times, fine motor skills, and sensitivity in the hands.  Kacie and her team competed in numerous business plan competitions across the country and internationally, culminating with a third place finish at the Global Venture Labs Investment Challenge (GVLIC) in Austin, and winner of the $100,00 Mercury Fund Technology Transfer Award.  Prior to her role at TheraBracelet, Kacie served as the primary at Strategic Communications for proposal development & implementation of multi-million dollar contracts in IT and Technology, and has held several positions within the IT industry over the past 10 years.  She has a BS in Justice Administration, and an Entrepreneurship MBA from the University of Louisville.


Melissa Marvel, CPA, CFS, CGMA, CEO & Founder

Marvel Enterprises, LLC

With more than 15 years of experience as a Chief  Financial  Officer in healthcare and logistics, Melissa launched Marvel Enterprises, LLC to pursue her entrepreneurial spirit. Today, she is engaged in the financial and investment sector, with a healthcare focus. Melissa is involved with both early stage startups as well as growth oriented merger and acquisition teams.
Prior to launching Marvel Enterprises,  Melissa served as Chief  Financial  Officer  for The Buddeke Company, and as the CFO, Director of Administration for Kosair Charities, Inc. in Louisville. Melissa served in various capacities for these entities, including: Strategic Planning, Finance, Personnel, Policies and Procedures, Commercial Real Estate Development/ Leasing, Property Management, Marketing, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Budgets facilitated and managed rose into the millions, with treasury management exceeding $200M in assets. Melissa holds an Entrepreneurship MBA from the University of Louisville.


Galen Powers, Executive V.P. SIDIS, Global CEO

MobileMedTek

Galen Powers is an entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience developing products and business models for both small and mid-size companies. Building smart, cross-functional, fast moving teams that are focused on innovating in ways that benefit the customer is his primary strength. Solving tough problems and product challenges in new ways is where his passion lies.
Mr. Powers is the Executive Vice President of Covington Kentucky based SIDIS, the parent company of Propel Labs, MobileMedTek and Biologic. He is also the CEO of MobileMedTek, a Louisville Kentucky based Neurology equipment startup. Mr. Powers is the past President of Vision Dynamics, which he joined when it was a startup. He is a cofounder of the Louisville startup, LensFactory.com. In conjunction with his team members, he is named on over 50 US and International patents.
Mr. Powers is the current Chairman for the Enterprise Corp Board of Advisors (the early stage business group within Greater Louisville Inc.) and the past Chairman of the Vogt Awards, an accelerator like program that provides initial funding and mentoring to selected early stage companies.


Jeff Shrensker, Vice President

BB&T

Jeff Shrensker has been with BB&T since 1995 and currently serves as a Commercial Credit Underwriter within Kentucky’s Regional Corporate & Commercial Banking teams, which involves extensive credit underwriting and risk management, along with relationship support  for BB&T clients and prospects. Past roles within BB&T included retail branch management, small business relationship management, and credit portfolio management for middle market and corporate clients. He has been a judge for the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Challenge business plan competition since 2009. Former board membership includes The Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) for the City of Louisville,  Seven Counties Services, Inc. and The Venture Club of Louisville, Inc. Mr. Shrensker graduated from the University of Louisville in 1995 with a major in finance and a minor in political science, and graduated from the school’s Professional MBA program in 2009.


Jennifer Williams, CEO

Cuddle Clones,  Cartoonize My Pet

Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Cuddle Clones, a startup company that creates soft and adorable plush versions of people’s pets as well as other custom pet products. She has a BS in Mathematics and Business from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Jennifer spent 10 years as a benefits consulting actuary and her last job before making the entrepreneurial leap was with PwC. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community in Louisville and periodically develops financial models for other startups in the area. Cuddle Clones recently acquired Cartoonize My Pet, an online customization engine in which people can pick from several hundred base pets, tweak every little detail from eye color to socks on the paws, to create their one-of-a-kind cartoon version of their pet. After adding accessories and themed backgrounds, the design created is then projected onto Zazzle’s product line which includes over 250 custom products such as gift wrap, apparel, stationery and pet bowls.


Jackie Willmot, COO

XLerateHealth

Jackie has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry including executive positions in the Life Science, Payer and Healthcare Service space. Her experience also includes 7+ years working directly with and for  healthcare start-ups. In addition to her role as Chief Operating Officer of XLerateHealth, Jackie is currently working with Digital Reasoning, an artificial intelligence company located in Nashville, TN.
Jackie volunteers her time in the start-up community and has served as a judge for the annual Invention and Innovation Awards competition, the Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge and the European MBA challenge. She is a Master’s prepared Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and holds an MBA from the University of Louisville’s entrepreneurship program, a  Master’s of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Baccalaureate Nursing degree from Villa Maria College.


FAST PITCH


Jeff Ames, Founder, Bluegrass Barrels

VP Commercial Relationship Manager, Stock Yards Bank

With a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech, Jeff bolstered his education by graduating from the University of Louisville’s IMBA program in 2011. A commercial banker by day at Stock Yards Bank, Jeff also founded Bluegrass Barrels, LLC in January 2011. Bluegrass Barrels has sold more than 35,000 mini-bourbon barrels since inception and sold more than 7,500 barrels in 2016. Jeff has served on several volunteer boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, YPAL, and the St. Xavier Business and Professional Association.


Chris Blakely, Founder and CEO

Credit Fair-E

Chris is the Founder and CEO of Credit Fair-E. Credit Fair-E helps low and middle income families break their cycle of debt by providing them with fair, affordable small-dollar loans. Chris received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. Chris has over 15 years’ experience in both product development and project management as well as technical and operations experience for Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, healthcare and restaurant industries. Chris has a proven track record of leading teams to meet both short-term and long-term goals.


Jacy Cruz, Head of Experience

MobileServe

Jacy Cruz has spent the past several years helping support and grow Louisville’s entrepreneurial community both professionally and in her spare time. In 2011, she cofounded US Chia, where she helped commercialize a patented chia seed technology. In 2013, she was a founding Director of the XLerateHealth, the first healthcare accelerator in the region. She later served as Operations Director of Velocity Indiana, an entrepreneurship center offering co-working space, an accelerator program, and startup pitch competitions. She is currently Head of Experience for MobileServe, a local tech startup, and is responsible for Marketing, Account Management, and User Engagement.
Jacy volunteers her time as an Organizer of Startup Weekend Louisville and serves on the board of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women. She received an A.B. from Princeton University and an Entrepreneurship MBA from the University of Louisville.


David Gollinger, Co-Founder

Amy Burns the Recipe Book

David is currently working to build and commercialize his wife’s deliciously healthy and entertaining food blog, www.amyburnstherecipebook.com. Previously, David spent three years working as a plant controller in Louisville, KY and another 10 years in public and private accountying roles in Columbus, OH. David is a licensed CPA and graduated with distinction from the University of Louisville’s Entrepreneurship MBA program in May 2016. David and his wife Amy reside in Louisville, KY.


Brett Moreno, Industry Engagement Coordinator

Research & Innovation, University of Louisville

Brett works full-time in the Research and Innovation Department at the University of Louisville. He is responsible for analyzing University owned inventions and seeking out entrpreneurs, start-ups and companies who can bring them to market. His responsibilities also include partnering with businesses to match them with research expertise, student talent and R&D capabilities that exist within the university. Brett also works for a growth-stage company in Louisville called Cuddle Clones.  There he performs various Business Development related activities; including managing and implementing the acquisition of Cartoonize My Pet. Brett’s volunteer activities include participating on the board of the UofL MBA Alumni Council as Vice-Chair of Marketing, and supporting local entrepreneurial events such as Venture Connectors and Open Coffee.


FINALS


Vik Chadha, Managing Director

GlowTouch Technologies

Vik is the co-founder of a number of high-tech companies such as Backupify, a leading backup provider for cloud-based data; GlowTouch Technologies, a four-time Inc. 500/5000 software and services company with 1,000+ employees; and Scalable Ventures, an early-stage startup investment and operating firm.From 2001 to 2010, he served as a Managing Director of the EnterpriseCorp in Louisville, where he managed a portfolio of over 100 client companies and helped them raise $120 million in funding. Prior to EnterpriseCorp, he worked as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at bCatalyst, an early-stage business incubator. Vik holds a B.S. degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology and has an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Kenneth Gardner, Founder/Executive Chairman

SOASTA Inc.

Ken has more than 40 years in the enterprise software industry. A serial entrepreneur, he holds over 20 patents. Prior to founding SOASTA–a Silicon Valley- based web and mobile performance testing company— he founded five other successful tech firms. Istante was acquired by Oracle in December 2004; Sagent Technology (IPO in April 1999); ReportSmith (acquired by Borland in March 1994); and ViewPoint Systems (acquired by Knowledgeware in June 1992). His first startup was Tesseract Corporation, where he was senior vice president of technology. Ken, a graduate of the College of Business at the University of Louisville, was named Alumni Fellow in 2000, and was inducted into the College of Business Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame in 2013. He lives in Menlo Park, California.


Bob Saunders, General Partner

OCA Ventures

Bob is a General Partner at OCA Ventures (a leading Chicago venture capital firm), a Founding Partner of Saunders Murdoch & Associates (Louisville/Boston) and is Chairman of XLerateHealth (Louisville).
He is an active investor in several healthcare and technology startups. Bob was a   Managing Director and General Partner at Chrysalis Ventures (1997 – 2009). Bob was a founding board member of MetaCyte Business Lab, the University of Louisviille’s life science incubator. He is also a co-founder of XLerateHealth, one of the leading healthcare accelerators in the US. Over the last 30 years, he has invested in dozens of startup companies (several of which have gone public or been acquired by large strategic investors) and has mentored 100+ startups. Bob worked for several years as a strategy consultant with both The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co. before becoming a professional venture capital investor. Bob received a  B.A. from Stanford University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an M.A. from Harvard University. He was both a Marshall Scholar and Fulbright Scholar.


Viji Sundar, Technology Director, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Sales & Producer

Humana Inc.

Viji is a strategic leader responsible for directing geographically diverse IT Solution Engineering teams to deliver cutting edge, mission critical applications to support Humana’s CRM Sales and Producer domains. The systems in her portfolio
enable thousands of internal and external agents to sell Humana’s Medicare, Individual, and Commercial products. Her 20+ year IT career includes technology leadership for Fortune 500 companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb and Kraft Foods. She is active in the Louisville entrepreneurial community, and enjoys applying her business process streamlining expertise on a variety of entrepreneurial ventures in the capacity of investor and strategic partner. Viji completed her MBA in Entrepreneurship from University of Louisville and holds a Master of Management Studies degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.


John Wechsler, Founder

Launch Fishers

John has founded, co-founded or served in C-level roles in several high-growth and venture-backed startups including Formstack, Formspring, DeveloperTown, Vontoo, Wishoo and beenz. John is also an active advisor to entrepreneurs and startup teams. John founded Launch Fishers, a 52,000 square foot launch pad for start-ups and high-potential enterprises with the goal of being a catalyst for economic development. Most recently, John founded the entrepreneurial mentorship initiative Launch Indiana.
John has been a lifetime volunteer with community and nonprofit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce where he co-chairs the Technology & innovation Council.
John started his career at IBM where he managed the global account plans for multiple Fortune 500 clients and achieved membership in the Golden Circle – recognizing the top 1.5% of the IBM sales force. Prior to starting with IBM John earned a marketing degree from Indiana University where he participated in the School of Business Overseas Study Program in Maastricth, the Netherlands. John also served in the US Army where he learned the art of jumping from perfectly functioning helicopters as an Air Assault Combat Engineer in the First Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas!


KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Maggie Galloway, CEO

Inscope Medical

Maggie Galloway is CEO and co-founder of Inscope Medical Solutions, a medical device company that is developing and commercializing a novel laryngoscope system that combines several devices into one, improving patient safety and saving costs for hospitals. Maggie’s knowledge of the healthcare industry along with her experience in new product development allows her to bring Inscope Medical a strategic view of the industry combined with a practical understanding of how medical products are developed and marketed.

Before founding Inscope Medical, Maggie was an Innovation Consultant at Humana, Inc. Maggie specialized in clinical product development from user research to concept development to product scale. During her time at Humana, Maggie developed several new innovations for diabetes that aimed to slow progression of the disease in Medicare patients.

Maggie is passionate about improving the health of the Louisville Community. She served on board of Slow Food Bluegrass from 2011-2014 and as board co-chair from 2013-2014. During that time, Maggie created a School Garden Grant program that provides funds and support for elementary schools to build school gardens and teach kids about healthy eating. In 2015, Maggie was selected to participate in the Rotary Leadership Fellowship program to accelerate her development as a community service leader. In her spare time, Maggie is an avid beekeeper and cyclist.

Maggie received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a Division I rower. In 2015, Maggie received her MBA in Entrepreneurship from University of Louisville. Inscope Medical Solutions was formed out of the MBA program. Maggie led the Inscope team to win or place in seven New Venture Investment competitions, culminating as the Global Champions in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition. The team won a grand total of $327,000 in contest earnings and was invited to close the NASDAQ on August 17, 2015.

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2017 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 CARDINAL CHALLENGE

Business Plan Competition Results:

1st Place Business Plan, AIM Tech, University of Michigan Finals Presentation Video

1st Place Business Plan, AIM Tech, University of Michigan. Finals Presentation Video

2nd Place Business Plan, Kitchen Table Inc., Yale University

2nd Place Business Plan, Kitchen Table Inc., Yale University. Finals Presentation Video

3rd Place Business Plan, MetaCT, University of Louisville

3rd Place Business Plan, MetaCT, University of Louisville. Finals Presentation Video

4th Place Business Plan, RED BioBattery, University of Arkansas

4th Place Business Plan, RED BioBattery, University of Arkansas. Finals Presentation Video

1st Place Fast Pitch Structured Immunity, University of Notre Dame

1st Place Fast Pitch Structured Immunity, University of Notre Dame.  Fast Pitch Presentation

2nd Place Fast Pitch, Paramergent, University of Manitoba

2nd Place Fast Pitch, Paramergent, University of Manitoba. Fast Pitch Presentation

 

 

 

2017 Program

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2016 Cardinal Challenge

2016 Cardinal Challenge

2016 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 CARDINAL CHALLENGE

Business Plan Competition Results:

University of Arkansas

1st Place Business Plan, VivImmune, University of Arkansas. View Finals Video

2nd Place Business Plan, Lumenostics, Georgia Institute of Technology

2nd Place Business Plan, Lumenostics, Georgia Institute of Technology. View Finals Video

3rd Place Business Plan, Adranos Energetics LLC, Purdue University

3rd Place Business Plan, Adranos Energetics LLC, Purdue University.  View Finals Video

4th Place Business Plan, Arovia Inc., Rice University

4th Place Business Plan, Arovia Inc., Rice University.  View Finals Video

1st Place Fast Pitch, TOUGHER LLC, University of Oregon

1st Place Fast Pitch, TOUGHER LLC, University of Oregon.  View Fast Pitch Videos

2nd Place Fast Pitch, Rhizofeed LLC, University of Pikeville

2nd Place Fast Pitch, Rhizofeed LLC, University of Pikeville.  View Fast Pitch Videos

2016 Program

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 2015 Cardinal Challenge

2015 Cardinal Challenge

2015 Program

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2015 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 CARDINAL CHALLENGE

Business Plan Competition Results:

Inscope Medical Solutions

1st Place Business Plan, Inscope Medical Solutions, LLC, University of Louisville. View Finals Video

Inscope Medical

1st Place Business Plan, Launch in Louisville Package, Inscope Medical Solutions, LLC, University of Louisville View Finals Video

Enlightened Diagnostics

2nd Place Business Plan, Enlightened Diagnostics, University of Notre Dame. View Finals Video

BioBridge

3rd Place Business Plan, BioBridge, LLC, University of Arkansas. View Finals Video

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4th Place Business Plan, CarPal.com, University of Cincinnati. View Finals Video

1st Place Fast Pitch, Allview Infomatics, University of Maniboba. View Finals Video

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2nd Place Fast Pitch, AIRboost, LLC, University of Kentucky. View Finals Video

 


2014 Cardinal Challenge

2014 Cardinal Challenge

2014 Program

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2014 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2014 CARDINAL CHALLENGE

Business Plan Competition Results:

NanDio1-firstplaceBusPlan

1st place NanDio, University of Notre Dame
NanDio Finals Presentation Video

1st place NanDio, University of Notre Dame

1st place NanDio, University of Notre Dame. Launch in Louisville
NanDio Finals Presentation Video

2nd place Local Libations, University of Texas, Austin

2nd place Local Libations, University of Texas, Austin
Local Libations Finals Presentation Video

A-76

3rd place A-76 Corrosion Inhibitors, Rice University
A-76 Finals Presentation Video

4th place Movellus Circuits, University of Michigan

4th place Movellus Circuits, University of MichiganMovellus Circuits Finals Presentation Video

 

Fast Pitch Results:

1st place Appro Therapeutics, University of Louisville

1st place Fast Pitch –  Appro Therapeutics, University of Louisville
Fast Pitch Video

2nd place NuFortis, University of Illinois, Chicago

2nd place NuFortis, University of Illinois, Chicago
Fast Pitch Video

 


2013 Cardinal Challenge

2013 Cardinal Challenge

2013 Program

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2013 Winners

Congratulations to our 2013 Winners

Medical Informatics

1st Place
Medical Informatics, Rice University
Medical Informatics finals presentation video

VOC Diagnostics

2nd Place
VOC Diagnostics, University of Louisville
VOC Diagnostics finals presentation video

Ever Clean Coating

3rd Place
EverClean Coating Solutions, University of Arkansas
EverClean Coating Solutions finals presentation video

Beat Box Beverages

4th Place
BeatBox Beverages, University of Texas Austin
BeatBox Beverages finals presentation video


FAST PITCH
Fast Pitch presentation video

Red Duck Ketchup

1st Place
Red Duck Ketchup, University of Oregon

EverFile Systems

2nd Place
EverFile Systems, University of Illinois at Chicago


 

 

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