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Vivimmune, Drone Surveying Solutions Take Top ’16 Governor’s Cup Awards

Erica Sweeney
Written by Erica Sweeney

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.

Read more about the competition and see a full list of finalists here.

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.

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

About the author

Erica Sweeney

Erica Sweeney

Erica Sweeney is the former editor of AMP. She now works as a freelance writer and editor based in Little Rock.

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