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2018 Governor’s Cup Winners Announced

The 2018 Governor’s Cup, presented by Delta Plastics, was held Wednesday, at the Wally Allen Ballroom in Little Rock. The premier statewide business plan competition for college students, which is managed by Arkansas Capital Corporation, was emceed by AEDC Director Mike Preston, and his wife, television news anchor Anne Preston. The event included a televised address from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a stirring speech from Delta Plastics owner and chairman Dhu Thompson. This year’s Governor’s Cup winners include:

Overall Graduate Winners

1st Place: $25,000

Lapovations, LLC

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: Jared Greer, Michael Dunavant, Flavia Araujo

Advisors: Carol Reeves, Sarah Goforth

 

2nd Place: $15,000

Uchooze Lunchbox, LLC

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: William Rockefeller, Leslie Godwin, Daniel Maldonado, Rebecca Holgate, Tanya Welihindha

Advisors: Carol Reeves, Sarah Goforth

 

3rd Place: $10,000

Ozark Microheater Systems

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: Benjamin McGuire, Joel Harris, Nicholas Holt, Jordan Wilcox

Advisors: Carol Reeves, Sarah Goforth

 

Overall Undergraduate Winners

1st Place: $25,000

Spiritum Solutions

University of Arkansas – Little Rock

Team: Nicholas Lester, Noah Asher, Ingrid Helgestad, Kiauana Rome

Advisor: Stuart McLendon

 

2nd Place: $15,000

WinterTerm.com

Ouachita Baptist University

Team: Chris Clark, Chandler Blake

Advisor: Bryan McKinney

 

3rd Place: $10,000

Monity

Harding University

Team: Michael Cruz, Roxana Escobar, Andres Rojas, Jhoel Zuniga

Advisor: Kenneth Olree

 

Innovation Division

Undergraduate: $5,000

TiFix

Harding University

Team: Connor Botes, Lucas Goodspeed, Brandon Gomez, Kelsea Hall, Andrew Sweatt, Micheal Ann Priddy-Harrington

Advisor: Kenneth Olree

 

Graduate: $5,000

Ozark Microheater Systems

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: Benjamin McGuire, Joel Harris, Nicholas Holt, Jordan Wilcox

Advisors: Carol Reeves, Sarah Goforth

 

Agriculture Division 

1st Place: $5,000

Connor Innovation Roveround

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: Cara Conner, Grant Conner

Advisor: Jeremy Powell

 

2nd Place: $3,000

SCAN AG

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: Henderson Clement, Bailey Pratt, Branson Vanlandingham

Advisor: Mark Zweig

 

Elevator Pitch

Undergraduate: $2,000

Spiritum Solutions

University of Arkansas – Little Rock

Team: Nicholas Lester, Noah Asher, Ingrid Helgestad, Kiauana Rome

Advisor: Stuart McLendon

 

Graduate: $2,000

Lapovations, LLC

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Team: Jared Greer, Michael Dunavant, Flavia Araujo

Advisors: Carol Reeves, Sarah Goforth

 

C. Sam Walls Award for Entrepreneurial Education

Kenneth Olree, Harding University

Chris Brune, Ouachita Baptist University

 

All semi-finalists and finalists teams receive $1,000 for advancing to the oral presentations.

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