Three UNLV Student Teams Take Top Honors – and $55,000 - at the 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition

2017 Nevada Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition winners. Photos courtesy Tahoe Creative.

May. 10, 2017

Out of a field of more than three dozen teams competing for seven awards at the statewide 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on Thursday, April 27, UNLV and Lee Business School was represented by eight finalists student teams that ultimately took three of the seven awards – taking home more than $55,000 in cash and prizes to be used to bring their ideas to market. Of the three teams that took honors, RAD and Window Magic placed first and second in the graduate division and GameTrainer placed second in the undergraduate level, which moves them on to the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition to compete against teams from Nevada, Arkansas and Oklahoma on May 31.

While advised by Lee Business School faculty, the Governor’s Cup is designed to encourage multi-disciplinary student teams from Nevada universities and colleges. Teams are encouraged to combine members from technical and business disciplines in an effort to bring together the pieces necessary for bridging the gap between technology and the marketplace.

Student teams and their faculty advisors compete in undergraduate and graduate divisions as well as the Lt. Governor’s Award, a parallel competition for the business plan that best employs clean, renewable, or efficient energy technologies and services. Students involved in the competition gain experiences working with successful entrepreneurs, lenders and investors; team-building opportunities; business planning skills; and media exposure.

The 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup award winners are:


First Place - $25,000 - RAD - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Second Place - $15,000 – Window Magic- University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Third Place - $10,000 - Suitich - University of Nevada, Reno


First Place - $25,000 - LIMIT - Sierra Nevada College

Second Place - $15,000 - GameTrainer - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Third Place - $10,000 - FolloMe - University of Nevada, Reno


$10,000 - LIMIT - Sierra Nevada College


The eight UNLV finalist teams included:

GameTrainer - GameTrainer is an esports website where users learn how to improve at video games, and get trained and coached by top-ranking competitive players. – Collage is a social network, peer-to-peer marketplace, and dating and meet-up service exclusively for students within a single college campus, allowing students to engage with their peers.

Aftaz Growing Systems LLC – Aftaz Growing Systems LLC designs and builds aquaponic growing systems that allows individuals and organizations to grow a variety of vegetables in a sustainable way. Aftaz has designed a single-bed system called The UniStar that is perfect for home and educational use. Aftaz also has the ability to design custom systems that will fit any space, which are currently in use at Desert Bloom Eco Farm.

WaterNeat - WaterNeat will be a retail store providing the most technologically advanced EPA-rated water efficiency devices and fixtures to homeowners and residents of Las Vegas and surrounding areas. The store will be an interactive environment for the customers to see the savings and feel the difference between efficient fixtures and non-efficient fixtures. WaterNeat will also provide solutions for water storage, filtration, and treatment.

Window Magic - Window Magic is a custom experience developer with a focus on the hospitality industry. Using current OLED technology, Window Magic can enhance or completely alter the view out of any resort suite window; transforming and customizing the guest experience at the same time.

Hydrophobic Plastics, Inc. - Hydrophobic Plastics, Incorporated (HPI) provides low cost, state-of-the-art, and environmentally-friendly hydrophobic acrylonitrile butadine styrene (ABS) for use in 3D plastic printers. A signature product, ABS Plus, provides an innovative and customizable solution to meet the hydrophobic needs of 3D plastic printing applications. A pioneering procedure can create a contact angle of 110 degrees or more for the entire life of the product without sacrificing structural integrity or requiring a post-manufacturing treatment process that utilizes harsh chemicals.

RAD - The Resilient Arthroplasty Device (RAD) is a new and patented technology that will revolutionize how the orthopedic community treats and approaches knee pain and total knee arthroplasty (replacements).

Hostopia – Hostopia, a hostel to be located in downtown Las Vegas, aims to be a part of the cross-cultural understanding solution. Making it a priority to equate the hostel to a constant reminder of our connection to the whole world, Hostopia will be a proactive leader within the industry driven by good choices that foster positive impacts for future generations.