Donald W. Reynolds Governors Cup Previous Winners

2015 CUP WINNERS

Undergraduate Division

First Place – $25,000
TIRE – Harding University
Team Members: Cody Veteto, Andrew Brackins, Zachary Clevinger, Austin Yates, Bradley Wheeler
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Allen Frazier
TIRE’s tire-inflation regulatory system gives riders full dynamic control over tire pressure at their fingertips, maximizing traction to provide a more efficient and safer riding experience.

Second Place – $15,000
Charlie’s Choices – John Brown University
Team Members: Jeffrey Ewing, Erin Morningstar, Andrew Sauer, Abby Wilson, Nick Carson
Faculty Advisors: Eva Fast
Charlie’s Choices transforms disruptive sleep routines into an opportunity for parents to teach their children about the importance of rest. The flagship product is Charge-Me-Charlie, a patent-pending visual sleep timer that shows kids how long they need to stay in bed.

Third Place – $10,000
Opt In – John Brown University
Team Members: Tayler Insuaste, Rachel Kyles, Travis White, Danielle Lochala
Faculty Advisors: Eva Fast
Web-based service Opt-In unifies the work and home lives of professional women while providing qualified talent to partnering companies.

Graduate Division

First Place – $25,000
Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University
Team Members: Joshua Baker, Kenneth Rains, Dirk Tanner, Justin Bagley, Franklin Kelley
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Erick Chang
Agricultural Innovations’ WellsVision is a sensor-driven, solar-powered automated irrigation system that allows farmers to remotely monitor and control the watering of their fields.

Second Place – $15,000
Kordate Solutions Inc. – University of Arkansas
Team Members: Kenny Bierman, Phillip Turner, Rob Ekwerekwu, Joseph Post, Vincent Audo, Michael O’Brien
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Carol Reeves
Kordate Solutions focuses on developing a therapeutic, peptoid-based drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease from early on-set to severe dementia.

Third Place – $10,000
Baby Booster – University of Arkansas
Team Members: Kyle Oshman, Jonathan Marshall, Darren Quinn
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Carol Reeves
Baby Booster is a 3-in-1 prenatal protein supplement that includes prenatal vitamins, DHA, and protein.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Award

First Place – $5,000 | Baby Booster – University of Arkansas
Second Place – $3,000 | Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University

Delta Plastics Undergraduate Innovation Award

$5,000
Conner Innovation – University of Arkansas
Team Members: Grant Conner, Thomas Lynch, Olivia Dyer, Jack Guo
Faculty Advisor: Larry Brian
The Crew’s Missile device clears debris and sediment from low-water bridges and culverts. Its simple design allows it to be used with virtually any piece of heavy equipment such as tractors, backhoes, excavators, and skid steers. With its multiple, interchangeable collapsing scoops and extending main shaft, it can be adapted to any culvert drain or bridge size.

Delta Plastics Graduate Innovation Award

$5,000
Agricultural Innovations – Arkansas State University

AT&T Elevator Pitch Undergraduate Award

$2,000
TIRE – Harding University

AT&T Elevator Pitch Graduate Award

$2,000
Saf-Tech – Arkansas State University

C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award Winners

$2,500 awarded to two educators and to their academic institutions ($10,000 total, granted by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation)

  • Eva Fast – John Brown University
  • Bryan McKinney, J.D. – Ouachita Baptist University

2014 CUP WINNERS

Undergraduate Division

First Place – $25,000
Arleesa – John Brown University
Team Members: Andrea Good, Jeremy Enders, Chase Skelton, Jake Wilson
Faculty Advisors: Eva Fast
Arlessa allows families to customize dolls with their children by providing a variety of skin tones, body shapes, and ethnically accurate facial features, while centering on the companies core values: Character, self-esteem, diversity, imagination, and fun.

Second Place – $15,000
BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College
Team Members: Michael Iseman, Kelley Coakley, Rachel Zweig
Faculty Advisors: Jeff Amerine, Dr. Carol Reeves
BioBotic Solutions proposes using a robotic arm and conveyor system to replace the tedious task of “grossing” that pathologist assistants perform, reducing risk of human error.

Third Place – $10,000
Funding Fathers – John Brown University
Team Members: Christopher Hembree, Timothy Luff, Jacob Moore
Faculty Advisors: JEva Fast
Funding Fathers seeks to provide an alternative form of financing for new venture small businesses through a crowdfunding platform.

Graduate Division

First Place – $25,000
LumaDrop – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Brad Phelan, Neil Bora, Randy Cabrera, Joe Huff
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
LumaDrop is an alternative treatment for Wet-Type Age-Related Macular Degeneration (wet AMD). Rather than be doctor-administered by repeated injections directly into the eye, LumaDrop eye drops can be applied by the patient at home.
Second Place – $15,000
Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Justin Urso, Michael Finan, Jason Kohrig
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Datavis provides image-recognition inventory management software to replace the barcode scanner. This technology identifies products on-shelf, in real time; therefore accelerating the retail audit and improving shelf compliance.

Third Place – $10,000
HemaNotics – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Team Members: Scott Andrews, Andrew Boehm, Jackie Frentz
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Reeves
Determining the correct dosing for prescription anticoagulant drug Coumadin is extremely challenging, requiring monthly, semimonthly, and even weekly blood tests for patients. HemaNotics removes this inconvenience for Coumadin users and improves the accuracy at which doctors can assign dosages – saving both lives and money.

AT&T Elevator Pitch Undergraduate Award

$2,000
BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College

AT&T Elevator Pitch Graduate Award

$2,000
Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Delta Plastics Innovation Undergraduate Award

$5,000
BioBotic Solutions – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Hendrix College

Delta Plastics Innovation Graduate Award

$5,000
Datavis – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award Winners

$2,500 awarded to two educators and to their academic institutions ($10,000 total, granted by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation)

  • Carol Reeves, Ph.D. – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • Allen Frazier, Ph.D. – Harding University