UNLV Teams Win Big at Nevada Governor’s Cup Competition
Two UNLV teams took top prizes and $35,000 April 16 in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition, a statewide contest that encourages college and university students to use their ingenuity to create tomorrow’s businesses.
MovéoMedics took first place and $25,000 in the graduate category for SmartOrtho Detect, a shoe insole system designed to detect the earliest stages of diabetic complications that can lead to open foot wounds and amputation in the most severe cases.
The system measures foot pressure when a patient walks wearing an insole with a wireless sensor inside. The sensor captures data used to analyze and diagnose foot problems that could lead to ulcerations. The data would be sent to the patient’s physician for follow-up care.
The company is a collaboration among UNLV allied health sciences professor Janet Dufek, engineering associate dean Mohamed Trabia and UNLV students John Landrith, Christine Nolan, James Lutz, Erin Schroeder and Peter Puglisi.
“This is a much-needed cash infusion,” said John Landrith, team leader of MovéoMedics.
“There are lots of costs involved in research and development, and bringing in grant funding is costly and time-consuming. This win will help a lot with the funding we need.”
MilkBaby Bikini took third place and $10,000 for its custom swimsuit company, which has had designs featured in Sports Illustrated. Team members are UNLV students Paul Dimond, Catherine Thordarson, Huzaifa Mahesri, Robert Opacki and Andrew Coates.
Both teams were advised by Angela Douglas, an entrepreneurship instructor in the UNLV Lee Business School’s MBA program. Douglas was one of two people recognized as Faculty Advisor of the Year at the Governor’s Cup awards program in Reno.
“The results of the competition reflect the quality of the entrepreneurship programs at UNLV,” said Andrew Hardin, associate dean for research and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Lee Business School.
“We are committed to assisting UNLV faculty, students and staff interested in commercializing their inventions.”
MovéoMedics’ win comes on the heels of capturing the Dominic Anthony Marrocco Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition title and more than $90,000 in cash and prizes in March.
First and second place teams from the Governor’s Cup graduate and undergraduate categories will advance to the Donald W. Reynold Tri-State Award competition May 27-28 in Las Vegas, where they will compete with teams from Oklahoma and Arkansas for cash awards totaling $118,000.
The Governor’s Cup is the only statewide collegiate business plan competition that encourages students from Nevada’s colleges and universities to gain real-world experience by exploring entrepreneurship and developing business plans. Nearly 40 teams from 10 Nevada public and private colleges and universities competed this year.
For more information and a full list of winners, please visit the Governor’s Cup website.