Reno Gazette-Journal:  KG BioSolutions of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village won third place and $5,000 for its plans to develop an on-site generator that provides a restaurant with supplemental electricity from used fryer oil. In the separate Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the business plans that best employ efficient and green energy technology and service, KG BioSolutions won in the undergraduate category.

Entrepreneurs from Northern Nevada took second- and third-place honors in the 2008 Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition.

In the undergraduate division:

Wolfpack Works of the University of Nevada, Reno won second place and $10,000 for its presentation on a plan to produce a touch-screen speech-enhancing device for people with communication disabilities.

KG BioSolutions of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village won third place and $5,000 for its plans to develop an on-site generator that provides a restaurant with supplemental electricity from used fryer oil.

In the graduate division:

Go Green Outdoors from UNR won second place and $10,000 for its online resource center for green culture news, information and user forum.

More Water Company, also a venture by UNR students, won third place and $5,000 for its presentation on technology to produce drinking water from the air, helping diminish the impact on lakes and streams.

First-place winners were Waste Alternatives Transformation Technologies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, undergraduate; and Mobile Business Solutions, also from UNLV, graduate.

In the separate Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the business plans that best employ efficient and green energy technology and service, KG BioSolutions won in the undergraduate category. In the graduate category, UNR’s Bio-Grounds LLC, with a plan using spent coffee grounds to produce biodiesel fuel. Both were awarded $5,000.

The annual contest initially pitted 48 teams of student entrepreneurs from the state’s colleges and universities that was pared down to 19 finalists who pitched their business plans before judges last week in Sparks.

The winners were announced at a luncheon Friday in Henderson.

BILL O’DRISCOLL

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