2009 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners

2009 Undergraduate Winners

First Place – $20,000
Creatively Mine – John Brown University
Team Members: Emily Hornok, Carine Netto, Matt Nye, James Smith
Faculty Advisors: Mandy Moore, Mike Kennelley
Creatively Mine is an online children’s clothing retailer that allows young girls to design their own customized outfits using an interactive, game-like website.

Second Place – $10,000
Progressive Solutions – John Brown University
Team Members: Drew Cleaver, Angela Langer, Kirena Duffel, Clayton Anderson
Faculty Advisors: Mandy Moore, Mike Kennelley
Progressive Solutions’ Higher Hangers are patented, space-saving clothing hangers that reduce clutter and create additional closet space by raising garments vertically.

Third Place – $5,000
Elevate Medical – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Joseph Willmann, Jacob McConnell, Christopher Nelson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Elevate Medical’s initial product, the Lift Assist, is intended to alleviate the pain and risks associated with patient transfers between wheelchair and bed.

2009 Graduate Winners

First Place – $20,000
Tears for Life – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Chris Elizer, Jared Greer, Jordan Greer, Bessie Williams
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Tears for Life’s noninvasive test kit will screen women for breast cancer using proteins found in tears. This will be the core of a profitable portfolio of noninvasive screening tools that will save lives and reduce health care costs.

Second Place – $10,000
Thanks Bud – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Team Members: Anthony Johnson, R.J. Martino, Roxane Martino
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joe Bell
ThanksBud is an online social marketplace that aims to change the way people buy and sell services.

Third Place – $5,000
Orlumet – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Team Members: Drew Jensen, Garima Lall, Glediana Rexha, Kevin White
Faculty Advisor: Mildred Holley
Biomedical startup Orlumet LLC has a portfolio of innovative platform technologies. Orlumet’s first platform consists of bioactive surface coatings for improving the performance and longevity of various medical devices.

2009 Innovation Award, Undergraduate – $5,000

Elevate Medical – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2009 Innovation Award, Graduate – $5,000

Tears for Life – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

2009 Agricultural Award, Undergraduate – $5,000

Earth N’ Vessels – Arkansas Tech University
Team Members: Kyle Castro, Kyle Davis, Nathanael Hancock
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Jones
Earth N’ Vessels provides a disposal option for Arkansas’s poultry industry through the use of responsible composting methods.

2009 Agricultural Award, Graduate – $5,000

Ground Up Biosolutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Keith Solsvig, Cesar Coto, Brandon Barr, Joshua McCullough
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Ground Up Biosolutions’ patent-pending process combines two waste products – biosolids and poultry litter – to produce a granulized fertilizer that reduces water and landfill utilization, contamination, and strip mining.


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