FORT COLLINS — Fifteen businesses created by Colorado college students have been preparing since January to vie for $20,000, 12 months of business mentoring and coaching, and the chance to compete against established startups for a grand prize of $250,000 in the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge on May 24.
On Friday, May 2, the Collegiate Competitors take their pitches to the stage of the Fort Collins Lincoln Center for their final showdown in the business pitch competition sponsored by Colorado State University and Blue Ocean Enterprises.
The semi-finals of the Collegiate Track Challenge start at 8 a.m. Each team has 10 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of high-profile judges, and 10 minutes to answer their questions. Finalists will be announced at 5 p.m.
The top five teams return to face a different panel of judges at 6 p.m. The awards presentation begins at 9 p.m., when the winner receives $20,000 and $2,500 worth of HP equipment; a second place prize of $10,000 and third place prize of $5,000 will also be awarded.
The competitors represent four universities and colleges in Colorado: Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Denver and Air Force Academy. Ten of the competitors are representing CSU.
Registration is free but required for events in the Collegiate Track Competition, either online or at the door. Registered attendees have access to all the day’s events.
Semi-final presentations in front of judges Peter Adams, Scott Schley, Barry Kurokawa, Gary Salomon, Mark Kent.
Congo Ltd. – 9 a.m.
*Crimson Oak Clothing – 9:25 a.m.
MemPrint Dynamics – 9:50 a.m.
*CDP Innovations – 10:15 a.m.
Alkaline – 10:40 a.m.
ARTery – 12:30 p.m.
*Turf Toes – 12:55 p.m.
*Hinde-Ramey Precision Agronomics – 1:20 p.m.
*Fargreen – 1:45 p.m.
JUDGES BREAK – 2:05 p.m.
Neumimic – 2:35 p.m.
*DeYrd – 3:00 p.m.
*BAUS Tech – 3:25 p.m.
*Convenient Nutrition Solutions – 3:50
*Beyon Modern LLC – 4:15 p.m.
All attendees are welcome to adjourn to the Lincoln Center Upper Deck for light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and live music while the judges determine who goes on to the finals.
Finalists announced – 5 p.m.
Finals in front of judges Jim Deters, John Greff, Frank Mendicino III, Tom Cripps, Kevin Tice.
Finalist 1 – 6:15 p.m.
Finalist 2 – 6:40 p.m.
Finalist 3 – 7:05 p.m.
Finalist 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Finalist 5 – 7:55 p.m.
Late Reception and Judges Deliberation – 8:15 to 9 p.m.
Attendees can relax on the Lincoln Center Upper Deck with light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and live music while the judges determine the winner of the 2014 CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Collegiate Challenge.
Awards Ceremony — 9 to 9:30 p.m.
Celebration — 9:30 to 11 p.m.
Once the Collegiate Track winners are announced, all participants and attendees can head back to the Upper Deck at the Lincoln Center to celebrate all of the contestants.
For more information about the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge, go to the website.