2010 News Archive
April 13, 2010
The Daily Oklahoman featured this column by Tom Walker, CEO and president of i2E, Inc.
March 19, 2010
Arkansas Business published a story on the final preparations leading up to the Arkansas Governor’s Cup competition.
March 4, 2010
Jim Stafford from i2e.org in Oklahoma sends along news clips featuring two former Oklahoma teams:
A company that began as a business plan in Oklahoma’s 2006 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’ s Cup was featured recently in the Oklahoma City business daily, the Journal Record. PreDENT co-founder James Haddock told the Journal Record that the Governor’s Cup provided a “great springboard” for the launch of business, which is working to commercialize technology to prevent periodontal disease in dogs.
Fitness Fulfillment founder Jeff Johnson attributes his experience in Oklahoma’s 2006 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition with giving him the tools to learn how to develop business concepts, implement them and take them to market. Fitness Fulfillment has developed the MobileTrainer, a Web-based application from which users can download exercise routines and keep track of their progress. It has its roots in the Governor’s Cup competition as a business plan developed by a team led by Johnson. “The Governor’s Cup had quite a big impact on my life, personally and business,” Johnson says. Fitness Fulfillment was recently featured in the Oklahoma City business daily, The Journal Record.
Got news to share about a team that is competing or has competed in Arkansas, Nevada or Oklahoma’s Governor’s Cup competitions? Send it along! We love to catch up!
March 1, 2010
Carol Reeves checks in again with us this week:
Well, they did it again. BiologicsMD, with only half of their team (Misty and Robyn), won the competition at the University of Cincinnati last night. They also won 2nd in the trade show booth competition. That’s almost $26,000 won in a week’s time. Not too shabby!
It’s easy to think this is easy to do, but it is far from it. The teams they beat in the finals were from Johns Hopkins (2nd – this is the second JH team they’ve beat), U Ill-Chicago (3rd), and Indiana (4th). Other teams in the competition were from Michigan, Oregon, Purdue, and Rice, among others.
I just love this part of the semester. It’s quite a slog getting here, but how sweet it is now!
February 22, 2010
We received the email below from Carol Reeves from the University of Arkansas and wanted to share:
I thought you’d like to see the results of our first business plan competition of the year. The team was fantastic. The second award was for the team that showed the most spirit. The finalist teams they beat were from IU, Johns Hopkins, and Manitoba, and non-finalist teams were from Louisville, OR, BYU, Rice, Kennesaw State, U Ill-Chicago, U Cincinnati, and Michigan.
One of the judges came over to talk to us afterward and he said he didn’t know why they asked the judges to evaluate the team in the competitions. He’d never seen a team that could move a plan forward – until now. The three judges in the finals work for VC firms, two of them medical. The team got cards from all three and were asked to send an offering sheet to them once they have one.
Thank you so much for all of your help through the years. Arkansas Capital’s influence continues to produce great results – none of this would have happened without Sam II’s vision. (Please pass this news to him.) What a way to start the year.
We’ve also included a link to the press release from the University of Louisville College of Business.