Judging set in business plan contest
Technology that provides instantaneous broadcast censorship of risque material, wind turbines that capture the gusts created by passing vehicles and a solar-powered water purification system will be among the concepts spotlighted this week in the annual business-plan competition of Nevada’s collegians.
Winners in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition will be named at a gala Wednesday that follows judging and tough questions from experienced executives on Tuesday.
Cash prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place will be awarded in undergraduate as well as graduate categories. An additional $5,000 Lt. Governor’s Award will go to the business plan that best employs clean or renewable energy technology.
The graduate-student finalists from northern Nevada schools include:
* Rype Censor Technologies from the University of Nevada, Reno. The team proposes use of computer vision technology to screen offensive images from live television or video.
* SENSE.tech from UNR. The team is composed of business, chemical engineering and medical students.
Undergraduate finalists from northern Nevada colleges and universities include:
* Bumblebee Blooms, Truckee Meadows Community College team that’s developed a business plan for a floral retailer.
* Completely Off-Grid, a UNR team that’s developed a package for off-the-grid homeowners.
* Flats Energy, a Sierra Nevada College team with a plan to use roadside winds, along with natural wind, to generate electricity.
* Green Ethos Inc., a TMCC team proposing solar-power water purification.
* Post-Com Energy, a Sierra Nevada College team with a plan to convert household waste into natural gas.
Lt. Governor’s Award finalists include Completely Off-Grid and Post-Com Energy. Other finalists for the green-technology award include:
* Alternative Bioprocess Solutions, a UNR proposal to use pulsed electric fields as an alternative to traditional heat pasteurization.
* GD Fuels, a UNR plan for biodiesel production.
* Home Energies Inc., a UNR plan for a self-contained septic system that produces energy.
* Lady Luck Brewery, a plan from UNR chemical engineering and business students.
The finalists were selected from a field of 73 entrants.
For registration information for Wednesday’s awards gala, go to http://www.NCETgovcup.org.
Nevada Industry Excellence recently launched the Nevada Manufacturing and Tech Forum to provide a platform to help industries forecast, prepare for and build on cybersecurity and technology disruptions as part of the Industry 4.0 revolution.