2009 Winners

Graduate Winners

First Place – $20,000
UACD – University of Southern Nevada

Business Description: The entrepreneurs plan to establish the first College of Dentistry at The University of Arkansas (UACD). The institution aims to educate aspiring dental health professionals in providing high quality oral health care through excellence in research, patient care and outreach to underserved populations.

Team Members:
Ruchir Patel – MBA / Graduate Orthodontics
ChuenChie Chiang – MBA/Graduate Orthodontics
Michael Moore – Dentistry
Uttampal Singh – MBA/Graduate Orthodontics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John (Jack) Zimmerman – Finance

Second Place – $10,000
Northern Nevada Nanotubes – University of Nevada, Reno

Business Description: Attached is the business plan for Northern Nevada Nanotubes (N3). The attached business plan provides detail, insight, and operating strategies about N3. The plan captures how N3 plans to use its sustainable competitive advantage to capture the nanotube market.

Team Members:
Alison Pyne – Finance
Justin Culver – Chemical Engineering
Umer Javed – Chemical Engineering
Tim Stutz – Chemical Engineering
Stuart Greenfield – Economics
Andrew Strolin – MBA
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Valiere – Management

Third Place – $5,000
Dine Around Town – University of Nevada, Reno

Business Description: Dine Around Town is a tour service specializing in culinary tours. Dine Around Town will provide an insider’s view of the best culinary locations in the area while supporting and promoting our local economy.

Team Members:
Yuliya Patsay – MBA
Heather Struble – MBA
Siganga Wawdo – MBA
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Cynthia Birk – Accounting

Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $20,000
Las Vegas Vertical Farms -University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Business Description: Las Vegas Vertical Farms is a multidimensional business that grows organic produce hydroponically, generates energy, and provides an interactive educational experience for tourists. La Vegas Vertical Farms is a joint-venture project with the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) that will be built next to the Springs Preserve.

Team Members: Steve Perkowski – Real Estate and Economics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Janet Runge – College of Business

Second Place – $10,000
Carbon Gold – University of Nevada, Reno

Business Description: Carbon Gold offers CO2 emission reduction solutions to power plants and utilities. Our patented technology converts harmful CO2 emission to clean energy which is used as fuel for automobiles. Our technology is not only a green solution for it removes damaging emissions but also a green product for it operates on solar energy and is independently run day or night.

Team Members:
Palkin Zed – Materials Science and Engineering, Marketing
York Smith – Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mano Misra – Materials Science and Engineering

Third Place – $5,000
MJ’s Pizzeria – Truckee Meadow’s Community College

Business Description: Start-Up Instructions for a new Pizza/Bar concept in Reno, NV

Team Members:
James Blood – Culinary Arts
Megan Schlenther – Speech Pathology
Faculty Advisor: Chef Karen Cannan – Culinary Arts

Lt. Governor’s Award Winners

Presented to Best Energy-Related Business Plan

Undergraduate Winner – $5,000 Prize
Carbon Gold – University of Nevada, Reno

Business Description: Carbon Gold offers CO2 emission reduction solutions to power plants and utilities. Our patented technology converts harmful CO2 emission to clean energy which is used as fuel for automobiles. Our technology is not only a green solution for it removes damaging emissions but also a green product for it operates on solar energy and is independently run day or night.

Team Members:
Palkin Zed – Materials Science and Engineering, Marketing
York Smith – Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mano Misra – Materials Science and Engineering

Graduate Winner – $5,000 Prize
Appliance2.0 Solutions – University of Nevada, Reno

Business Description: Appliance2.0 Solutions aims to provide Electrical Energy providers and their customers with solution to jointly manage energy use. The Appliance2.0 Platform is a load curtailment system that is installed via retrofit into existing household appliances. The modifications to the appliance implement efficient and sensible responses to the Utility company to save energy.

Team Members:
Alexander Cerjanic – Electrical Engineering
Connor McCune – Electrical Engineering
Alex Carr – Engineering Physics
Kingsley Anoshiri – Electrical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Yantao Shen – Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

NCED Commissioners’ Award

Presented to Business Plan that Best Addresses Economic Development Needs of Rural Nevada – $2,500 Prize

Clean Bean – University of Nevada, Reno (Graduate Students)
Business Description: Clean Bean recycles waste coffee that would otherwise be thrown away to create superior, natural soaps. Our soaps utilize the inherent characteristics of coffee oil to stand out from our competitors in the natural care industry. High concentrations of anti-oxidants, anti-septic and moisturizing properties, coupled with the invigorating essence of coffee, allow customers to experience cleanliness to the next level. Our business will be located outside Minden, NV, in close proximity to the Starbucks Roasting and Distribution plant.

Team Members:
Jason Strull – Material Sciences
Rao Kondamundi – Material Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mano Misra – Materials Science and Engineering