2011 Governor’s Cup Finalists

Graduate Finalists

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Mad Sensor, UNLV

Rebel Technology Associates has developed the innovative Motorcycle Accident Detection and Notification System named MAD – which is similar to GM’s much heralded OnStar system for automobiles. Motorcyclists can now get quick help when in accidents! The device also features Lojack-like capabilities for tracking stolen motorcycles.

  • Team Captain: Adam Jackson, M.S. M.I.S.
  • Team Members: Jerome Mandel, M.S. M.I.S.
  • Nicoleta Cornea, M.S. M.I.S.
  • Shehan Peries, Certificate in entrepreneurship
  • Yrene Ordaz, Computer Engineering
  • Gerson Recinos, Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hardin

Rype Censor Technologies, UNR

Rype Censor Technologies will provide for the instantaneous censorship of risqué acute; and offensive images as shown on live television, in movies, or streaming video. The censoring capabilities include image recognition without human intervention, more commonly referred to as computer vision technology.

  • Team Captain: Suzanne Martens, General
  • Team Members: Andrew Creaser, Business Marketing
  • Rory Pierce, Computer Science
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Valiere

Scuba Solutions, UNLV

Scuba Solutions LLC, legally established in March 2011, is a Nevada-based company that provides superior scuba equipment to diving enthusiasts throughout the world. The company is also the winner of the 2011 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition.

  • Team Captain: Griffin Owings, MBA
  • Team Members: Chris Powell, MBA
  • Alex Strabala, MBA
  • Curtis Weinstien, MBA
  • Sean Daly, Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: DR. Andrew Hardin

SEG, UNLV

SEG (Sports Entertainment Gear) will be the first company to distribute licensed illuminating merchandise to colleges and fans around the United States.

  • Team Captain: Travis Williams, MBA
  • Team Members: Brian Harge,
  • Skip Murphy, MBA
  • Faculty Advisor: DR. Janet Runge

SENSE.tech, UNR

SENSE.tech is an innovative organization with the ultimate goal of finding a technological solution for point of care (POC) detection of tuberculosis (TB). We have developed a sensor material capable of detecting TB instantly via a handheld breathalyzer device system. Our system can also easily be amended to detect other pathogens of interest."

  • Team Captain: York Smith, Chemical Engineering
  • Team Member: J. Dexter Ramsey, Business
  • Travis Anderson, Medical Student
  • Faculty Advisor: Prof. Mano Misra
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  • TheVegasList, UNLV
  • A free social online checklist of travel worthy locations. Users browse through destinations within a city and check off past adventures and places they have visited. Most importantly they realize where they have yet to go, share experiences, and earn status and deals.
  • Team Captain: Dominique Remy, Curriculum Instruction
  • Team Members: Eric Mitsch, Elementary Education
  • Indira Phukan, Elementary Education
  • Amanda Salazar, Elementary Education
  • Geoffrey Snead, English Comparative
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gita Taasoobshirazi
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Undergraduate Finalists

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Bumblebee Blooms, TMCC

Bumblebee Blooms Flower Boutique, LLC has created a unique marketing opportunity in the Reno/Sparks market as a retail florist. They are an expert in unique floral design that includes weddings, proms, and sympathy flowers, as well as offering unique plants, dish-gardens, gourmet chocolates and food baskets.

  • Team Captain: Katie Knapp, Culinary Arts/Business
  • Team Member: Naomi Cardy, Social work
  • Faculty Advisor: Ms. Jolene Hayes

Completely Off-Grid, UNR

Completely Off-Grid is a Reno Nevada manufacturing company producing pre-cut, partially assembled, uniquely designed homes. These cost effective, permanent, complete off-grid packages, are a self sufficient, energy producing, efficiently designed living space; easily assembled anywhere. If you desire or require an independent lifestyle, you will find living Completely Off-Grid completely joyful!

  • Team Captain: Vicki Bischoff, Psychology
  • Team Member:
  • Team Member: Eric Bischoff International Affairs
    Pete Whitehead Economics and International Business
    Jeff Punya Computer Science
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Valiere

  • Eighteen At Eighteen, UNLV
  • Eighteen At Eighteen is all about getting ahead…at 18. Our youth focused how-to guides will provide ways for teenagers to jumpstart their lives with simple, short, digital books straight from their Smartphone. Through our licensing program, entrepreneurs will be able to leverage our market presence with ease and affordability.
  • Team Captain: Anthony Alegrete, Marketing
  • Team Members: William Wong,
  • Nathan Turner, Finance
  • Claudia Perez, Management
  • Matt Petterson, Accounting
  • Jami Vallesteros, Economics
  • Faculty Advisor: DR. Janet Runge

Flats Energy, SNC

Roadside wind turbines that capitalize on wind energy from natural resources and augmented wind sources from passing vehicles.

  • Team Captain: Tresten Sweigard, Entrepreneurship
  • Team Member: Amanda Badger, Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Ryland Sweigard, Digital Art
  • Andrew Gendron, Ski Area and Resort Management
  • Faculty Advisor: MR. Rick Normington

Green Ethos Incorporated, TMCC

Green Ethos Incorporated will be melding several current green energy concepts in a matrix where a minimal of traditional external energy sources will be used. This matrix will create a solar powered evaporative water purification system that will be primarily available for wholesale to plumbing tradesmen and retail to the general public. Through this process Green Ethos wants to be the greenest choice possible for consumers purchasing water filtration systems not just from the point of manufacturing but for the total life cycle of the products.

  • Team Captain: Jasper Allen Jacobs, Marketing @ UNR
  • Team Member: David Jones, Information Systems @ TMCC
  • Faculty Advisor: Dean Marie Murgolo-Poore, Ph.d.

Postcom Energy, SNC

Postcom Energy is developing our initial product, the Bio Converter, which converts household waste into natural gas. Our product will be marketed towards homeowners and will drastically reduce their energy expenses. We are offering significant economic and environmental benefits for our customers, and a high ROI for investors.

  • Team Captain: Amanda Badger, Management
  • Team Member: Tresten Sweigard, Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty Advisor: Mr. Richard Normington

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Lt. Governor’s Finalists

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Alternative Bioprocess Solutions, UNR

Our business plan is to use pulsed electric fields as an alternate sanitation method to conventional heat pasteurization methods. This technology will initially be applied to the food processing, specifically dairy and juice pasteurization. There is potential to expand to other industries such as bio pharmaceuticals and beer/ wine production.

  • Team Captain: Cody Niggemyer, Chemical Engineering
  • Team Member: Robert Fyda, Chemical Engineering
  • Tommy Lavelle, Chemical Engineering
  • Keri Noack, Chemical Engineering
  • Nazrul Mojumder, Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alan Fuchs

Completely Off-Grid, UNR

Completely Off-Grid is a Reno Nevada manufacturing company producing pre-cut, partially assembled, uniquely designed homes. These cost effective, permanent, complete off-grid packages, are a self sufficient, energy producing, efficiently designed living space; easily assembled anywhere. If you desire or require an independent lifestyle, you will find living Completely Off-Grid completely joyful!

  • Team Captain: Vicki Bischoff, Psychology
  • Team Member:
  • Team Member: Eric Bischoff International Affairs
    Pete Whitehead Economics and International Business
    Jeff Punya Computer Science
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Valiere

  • GD Fuels LLC, UNR

GD Fuels LLC is an early stage startup company whose purpose is to create engineering solutions which make alternative fuels less expensive for producers and consumers. Our company has developed novel technology that will significantly revolutionize the Biodiesel Industry and allow for greater cost savings and profit margins for biodiesel producers.

  • Team Captain: Jason Strull, Material Sciences
  • Team Member: Adrian Testa, Economcis
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mano Misra

Home Energies Inc., UNR

Home Energies Inc. is a start up business that aims to design and implement a self contained septic system that will provide consumers with a renewable energy harvesting device and reduced maintenance costs.

  • Team Captain: Luke Feiler, Mechanical Engineering
  • Team Members: Randall Johnson, Mechanical Engineering
  • Isidro Lopez, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rudy Jarvis, Mechanical Engineering
  • Matthew Mareno, Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Emil Geiger

The Lady Luck Brewery, UNR

The Lady Luck Brewery is a proposed business venture for the Reno area. This business plan covers aspects of the proposed business venture such as a financial overview, product line, and marketing campaigns.

  • Team Captain: Vaughn Hartung, Chemical Engineering
  • Team Members: Paul Young, Business Management
  • Shaun Richardson, Chemical Engineering
  • Andrew Wilder, Chemical Engineering
  • Kirby Myers, Chemical Engineering
  • Nathan Roysden, Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alan Fuchs
  • Postcom Energy, SNC
  • Postcom Energy is developing our initial product, the Bio Converter, which converts household waste into natural gas. Our product will be marketed towards homeowners and will drastically reduce their energy expenses. We are offering significant economic and environmental benefits for our customers, and a high ROI for investors.
  • Team Captain: Amanda Badger, Management
  • Team Member: Tresten Sweigard, Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty Advisor: Mr. Richard Normington