The top 10 submissions were recently picked from a pool of 30 finalists of this year’s Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. The UEC is administered by the Utah Entrepreneur Series, a division of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Early last month the top 30 finalists were chosen from a pool of 126 total submissions. Each team is competing for the $40,000 grand prize offered by competition sponsor Zions Bank.
The finalist pool consists of teams representing 11 colleges and universities across the state of Utah. A wide array of industries are also represented by these teams. The top 10 include food product manufacturing and distribution (Cowboy Kolaches), an online system for doctors to view comprehensive family health history (ItRunsInmyFamily.com), Alzheimer rehabilitation tools, custom key manufacturing, medical devices, and a host of other technologies.
“Our diverse panel of judges was diligent in its review of the submissions and left nothing on the table in their analysis”, said Jared Steele, Director of Judging for the Utah Entrepreneur Series. “The quality of competition this year has been impressive. Overall, the Utah Entrepreneur Series continues to be the flagship platform for student entrepreneurs in the state”.
The final round of judging will take place March 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the University of Utah. The event will consist of team presentations and a review of business plans. The top ten teams are invited to the Final Awards Banquet on April 15 at the Rice-Eccles stadium tower, where the winner will be announced.
The top 10 finalists in the UEC are (in no particular order):
- AudienceIn – A technology which uses smart phone software and gamification platforms to help create audience interaction with presenters. (University of Phoenix)
- nanoKeys – A company which allows various keys to be scanned digitally and then resized to all fit in a small, sleek device. Available online or through a kiosk. (Utah State University)
- Alterniity GmbH – A virtual gaming solution that incorporates both physical and cognitive training to prevent the onset and effects of Alzheimer’s. (University of Utah)
- 6S Medical LLC