Past Winners

Past Winners

​Over the past decade the Business Plan competition has spawned hundreds of business plans, and winners and non-winners alike have implemented their plans and started successful enterprises. Examples include Superior Echotech, UrgentRX, AppIt Ventures, Beautifuli.com, Viktorian Guitars, Metroboom, Peak 360, Dizgo, BP Proteomics, Customer Connections & Innovations, CaraSolva, Olomomo Nut Company, The Organic Dish, Developing Minds Software, Shelter-Me Photography and Snoasis Medical, among others.

 

Past events​

  • THE CLIMB Alumni: Turning Algae into Sustainable Ink

    By Lupe Hirt Living Ink Technologies, a first-place winner of THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition and a pond-to-paper algae ink producer, is sustainably reinventing one of the world’s most expensive and widely used liquids – ink. The bad and the ugly about ink. Regular ink has a problem that most people don’t read more…

  • Submissions EXTENDED through Sept. 30 for THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition

    $50,000 Cash and Prizes. Do you have a business idea, or a startup in need of professional or financial support? THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is an annual business challenge for collegiate and community students looking to succeed as entrepreneurs. With up to $50,000 in cash and prizes available and valuable networking read more…

  • Scientists ‘Ink’ A Win

    Firm that turns algae into ink takes top prize at Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition DENVER—Inspiration can strike in odd, even mundane, places. For biologist-turned-entrepreneur Scott Fulbright, it was in the greeting card aisle. “I was getting a card for my grandmother,” he said. “I thought, ‘We could actually use algae as read more…

  • Algae Oil Makers Win Jake Jabs Center’s Business Plan Competition

    Use waste from breweries to make supplements A novel way to create vegan spreads, cheese and dietary supplements using waste from breweries and ethanol plans won first prize Thursday in this year’s Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Daniel Higgs and Benjamin read more…

  • Allergy Solutions wins Business Plan Competition

    Entrepreneurship event expands to include entrants from Montana State University DENVER — A business that improves treatments for allergy sufferers while increasing revenue for physicians took top honors at the 12th annual Bard Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. Allergy Solutions, founded by Neil Smith, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Executive MBA read more…

  • Two Business Plans Emerge Victorious in Entrepreneurship Event

    For first time, dual winners named in Bard Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition An eco-friendly online fashion retailer and a mobile app developer shared the top prize in the 11th annual Bard Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. It was the first time in the competition’s history that two finalists were chosen as winners. read more…

  • Makers of unique electric guitar win Business Plan Competition

    Viktorian Guitars wins $10,000 in contest DENVER – The makers of a high-tech, carbon fiber electric guitar walked away with first place Thursday in the 10th annual Business Plan Competition sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver Business School’s Bard Center for Entrepreneurship. “I’m elated to bring this new technology to Denver,” said Josh Jacobson, read more…

  • Alumni Profile: Justin Perkins, 11-Month MBA ’03

    Nuts for Business: 11-month MBA Grad Wins Bard Center Entrepreneurship Award If every business owner had the same drive for social responsibility as Olomomo Nut Company founder Justin Perkins, the world would be a better place. A native of Boulder, Perkins started his business in an effort to provide a healthy alternative to snacks currently found read more…

  • 2009 Business Plan Competition Winners

    First Place: OLOMOMO NUT COMPANY Justin Perkins, Peter Genuardi Olomomo Nut Company aspires to be the foremost high-end, all natural and organic nut brand with its kettle-roasted nuts, coated with original and unexpected exotic spices and flavor blends. Olomomo will initially distribute through specialty coffee shops across America to conscious consumers who crave quality, delicious, read more…

  • 2008 Business Plan Competition Award Winners

    1st Place: DEVELOPING MINDS SOFTWARE, Dawn & Mason Gregg, Michael Erskine, Colette Hanley, Lynn Sargent Developing Minds Software offers unique web-based software services designed to address the needs of families and educational institutions challenged with serving the developmentally disabled. Their product, DDtrac, is a Web 2.0 application that allows for the efficient capture and analysis read more…

  • 2007 Business Plan Competition Award Winners

    First Place: Apex Design, Nate Algoe, Jason Osaki, & Scott Thomas Apex Design, PC is a transportation engineering consulting firm. The firm provides services to the Intelligent Transportation Systems market. Their customers include public sector transportation agencies, private industry developers and other consulting firms. Second Place: Dizgo, Jeffrey Kohn, Tomas Kaplan, Jeff Cahoon Dizgo provides read more…