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 a novel form of mobile-based advertising for brick and mortar retailers. Using standard text messaging (SMS) technology, consumers in a shopping district can instantly locate discounts for the products and services they want to purchase. Shoppers send a short text message to DIZGO with the product or service keyword they are looking for and within seconds Dizgo will return a list of discount offers from retailers in the immediate area.


Third Place and Best Bioscience Award: ValveXchange, Ivan Vesely, Ph.D.

ValveXchange is a medical device company developing a two-part heart valve consisting of a surgically implanted base and an exchangeable bio-prosthetic tissue leaflet set. They provide a lifetime tissue valve replacement system that does not require use of anticoagulation drugs.


Finalist: DenverVIP.com, Tyler Murphy, Dan Kuhl

Founded in 2004, DenverVIP.com is Denver’s newest online Luxury Lifestyle Concierge Company directly targeting corporate clients, residents of all ages, and travelers looking to experience the best of Denver and Colorado. DenverVIP.com markets high quality experiences and exclusive product offerings to target clients on behalf of the company’s business clients.


Finalist: Red Rocks Motion Pictures International, William Brown, Frederic Lahey, Charles Collier

Red Rocks Motion Pictures International was formed to produce six pictures over twelve years. The company’s primary mission is to create entertaining pictures while offering new perspectives on filmmaking and current events. The twelve films included in the proposed portfolio will create diverse content to adapt to the unpredictable and volatile viewing habits of the movie-going public.


Finalist: VenueJet, Chanpheng Botham & Alex Botham

VenueJet is an online event-site search directory with advanced filter operations allowing consumers to quickly discover the perfect locale for any personal or business event. This new marketplace will maximize occupancy rates for participating facilities and provide an improved user-experience for consumers.

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