Announcing the winners of the 2013 Business Plan Competition: Allergy Solutions.
A business that improves treatments for allergy sufferers while
increasing revenue for physicians took top honors at the 12th annual
Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition.
Allergy Solutions, founded by Neil Smith, a recent graduate of the
University of Colorado Executive MBA program and 13-year physicians
assistant, was awarded the $10,000 first prize. About 250 people
attended today’s award luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown
The runner-up finisher, awarded $5,000, was Nanoly, a company that
makes a polymer shield that protects vaccines outside of the
refrigeration chain. Fenix Paddles, which designs and manufactures
lightweight, high-performance water sport paddles made with a blend of
carbon fiber and bamboo, finished third with a check for $2,500. The
three remaining finalists, each receiving $1,000, were Babylon Produce
(hydroponic heirloom tomato production facility in Montana); BH Apparel
(consumer-driven, customized, intimate apparel products and
accessories); and SnowGate (outdoor locker system designed to prevent
equipment theft). Read more.
About the competition
The Jake Jabs Center Business Plan Competition is one of the foremost events for early stage companies in Colorado. The first Jake Jabs Center Business Plan Competition was held in 2002 and the event has been growing ever since. It seeks to promote the development of high-caliber business plans, recognize the most outstanding plans with more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind awards from area businesses, and encourage the creation of new businesses.
Year after year, competitors vie for the top prize of $10,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes. This year the competition will culminate on June 18, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel where 4-6 finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges and community members.