“Pure Ski Experience” Heads to Tri-State Competition

Pure Ski Experience continued its journey from idea to action with the Second Place prize in the statewide Donald W. Reynolds Business Plan Competition on Thursday, April 18th in Reno.  Team members have journeyed from SNC’s Innovative Idea Competition last August to a first place win in the College’s Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition last month to last night’s win in the statewide competition.   Their next stop is the 2013 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Competition in Las Vegas – which will bring together the first and second place undergraduate and graduate winners from the statewide contests in Nevada, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Pure Ski Experience is a ski instruction enterprise operated by coaches with Olympic ski experience.   Team members Matea Ferk, Tea Palic, and Luca Ricou, presented once again to a panel of outside judges a detailed oral synopsis and extensive question and answer session.  The second place award at the state level garnered them $15,000 which they have added to their $4,500 prize in the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition.Under their Business model, Pure Ski Experience’s coaches will be current or former top 250 international alpine skiers, based on the FIS Alpine World ranking, who are driven to share their knowledge, skills and motivational techniques with adult skiers.  The value-add of Pure Ski is to create a life-changing learning experience through advanced and goal-oriented teaching methods.

The award for the 2013 Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) Faculty Advisors of the Year was also presented at the Donald W. Reynolds Business Plan Competition. The award was presented to our Assistant Professor and Business Department Chair, Kendra Wong. Kendra has mentored business plan teams in the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition  and the Donald W. Reynolds Business Plan Competition for the past three years.

In an unprecedented move, the other top finishers in SNC’s Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition were also finalists in the Governor’s Cup Competition – giving SNC three out of the six undergraduate plans for this statewide event.  Urban Feat, LLC, second place winner in the SNC Competition had a strong showing in Reno both during the Governor’s Cup and earlier in the week, when they presented to a national panel of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists during the 1 Million Cups event sponsored by the Kauffmann Labs, renowned for its support of entrepreneurship nationally and internationally.  Although Urban Feat was not in the money at the Governor’s Cup – they have attracted significant interest through the Kauffman competition and will be meeting with a number of individual investors who have expressed strong interest.

Urban Feat team members, Viking Roald, Marcus Plyhr, Sabrina Belleci, and Jaka Jazbec have developed a smartphone application that is location based and bridges the gap between local consumers and small businesses through push notification advertisements and information tailored to consumers based on their location.

The final SNC entrant in the Governor’s Cup was Northern Nevada Studios, with an entrepreneurial team of Jarrett Grimes, Daniella Calais, Jacob Bricklin, Mitch Wiseman, and Forest Jade. Northern Nevada Studios is a motion picture asset management corporation that envisions locations in Incline Village, Reno, and Gardnerville, NV.  It will provide motion picture production resources to filmmakers that include sound stage, a variety of land configuration for filmmaking, post-production services, and production rentals of gear such as cameras, lenses, and lighting.

We congratulate all of our amazing students and faculty on all their hard work and success.