Winners of the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup were announced today, April 19, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
The Governor’s Cup is a business plan competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Six undergraduate and six graduate teams delivered elevator pitches during the luncheon, which was emceed by Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and his wife, Anne Preston.
Overall first- and second-place winners in the graduate and undergraduate divisions will compete with the winners of competitions from Nevada and Oklahoma in the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition in Las Vegas, May 25-26.
— AR Money & Politics (@amppob) April 19, 2016
This year’s winners include:
Overall Undergraduate Winners
First Place — Drone Surveying Solutions (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), $25,000
Second Place — Natural State Bedding (John Brown University), $15,000
Third Place — Short-Bow (University of Central Arkansas), $10,000
A faculty adviser is awarded $2,000 for each place winner.
Overall Graduate Winners
First Place — Vivimmune (University of Arkansas), $25,000
Second Place — Actio Systems (University of Arkansas), $15, 000
Third Place — Decilvl (University of Arkansas), $10,000
A faculty adviser is awarded $2,000 for each winner.
Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award Winners
First Place — Agcorp (Ouachita Baptist University), $5,000
Second Place — Natural State Bedding (John Brown University), $3,000
Delta Plastics Innovation Award Winners
Graduate — Vivimmune (University of Arkansas), $5,000
Undergraduate — Natural State Bedding (John Brown University), $5,000
AT&T Elevator Pitch Award Winners
Graduate — Vivimmune (University of Arkansas), $2,000
Undergraduate — Drone Surveying Solutions (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), $2,000
C. Sam Walls Award for Entrepreneurial Education
April Hearne, Pulaski Technical College
Erick Change, Arkansas State University
2016 Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) Winners
Best Business Plan — Stresslets, Forest Heights STEM Academy (Little Rock)
Most Innovative Project — The Repurposed Project, Pulaski Heights Middle School (Little Rock)
Best Marketing Piece — Ribbon-Wrapz, Carlisle Elementary School
Best Retail Booth Display — Sugar Sweets Sugar Scrubs, Omaha Public Schools
2016 Y.E.S. 2.0 Winners
9th-10th Grade Division — Unique Critique, Little Rock Central High School
11th-12th Grade Division — The Blotch, Conway High School
— Erica Sweeney (@ericapsweeney) April 19, 2016