SNC Tahoe students Megan McClintock, Lena Stroheker, and Marissa Hushaw took first place in the undergraduate division at the 12th Annual D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup business plan competition on April 14th. Their product, Chaperone by TEKTOR, is an electronic first-responder notification system for injured horseback riders. The business will initially be targeted at equine facilities, with the goal of eventually expanding to other recreational markets.
TEKTOR received a $25,000 cash prize and the opportunity to compete in the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition (finalists hail from Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma) on May 25-26 in Las Vegas.
Warrior Adventure Rapport, the brainchild of SNC Tahoe students Jason Maynez, Nick Galantowicz and Gregory Gonzalez, won the Lt. Governor’s Award, and a $10,000 prize. Their business, an outdoor recreational therapeutic program to treat PTSD, was designed to help military veterans.
(L to R) Marissa Hushaw, Megan McClintock, Lena Stroheker, Kendra Wong
(L to R) Jason Maynez, Greg Gonzalez, Nick Galantowicz, Kendra Wong
Competitors from Nevada’s colleges and universities pitched their businesses on Wednesday, April 13th, to a panel of expert judges in Reno. More than $100,000 in cash prizes were distributed to the winners in three categories the following evening. With one of the largest cash prize pools in America, the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup business plan competition encourages Nevada’s college and university students to act on their ideas and get a head start on producing tomorrow’s businesses.
SNC students have developed and refined their concepts, planning, and presentation skills over many months competing in the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition, before taking them to the culminating Nevada D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup and the D.W. Reynolds Tri-State competitions.
2016 D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners
- First Place – $25,000 – TEKTOR – Sierra Nevada College
- Second Place – $15,000 – Remmedy Nudge Water Bottle – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Third Place – $10,000 – Adler Dynamics – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- $10,000 – Warrior Adventure Rapport – Sierra Nevada College
- First Place – $25,000 – FRP Innovations – Pyrohalt – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Second Place – $15,000 – MOCCs Technologies – University of Nevada, Reno
- Third Place – $10,000 – S3B Energy, Inc. – University of Nevada, Las Vegas