Had the chance to be a judge for the UW Business Plan Competition yesterday.  Some terrific companies.  Out of 104 entries, the initial screening team narrowed it down to 38 companies.  Those companies spent yesterday pitching to 280 “judges”, trying to convince each judge of the merits of their idea, their business plan and their ability to execute on their plan.  As judges, we had $1,000 of pretend money to “invest” in the companies.  The 16 companies who received the highest investment amounts now move on to the next round of the competition (plus two alternates).  There was a wide variety among the contestants – with medical device ideas, e-commerce, cleantech and a couple of potato-related companies (no kidding).2010 Winner Brown.jpg

Darien Brown, CEO of last year’s winner YongoPal, was in attendance and served as a judge (shown at right with Rob Salkowitz (left), writer and social technology consultant with MediaPlant, and this contributor, Megan Muir).

All of the advancing companies are listed after the break, together with a short description of their business plans.

Tripbox.jpgAgComm, UW Bothell, UW
Offers an affordable solution of hardware, software and services that help farmers monitor and combat environmental threats to their crops through a single web-based application.

Aqueduct Neurosciences, UW
Developing innovative medical device technology to improve the treatment of hydrocephalus through improved control, feedback, and failure prevention.

C6 Systems, UW
Developed a novel slow-pyrolysis system that turns woody biomass into charcoal, or biochar, at the site of forestry operations.

Fluentizer, UW
Windows PC and Android mobile software that helps people learn English at the level of a native speaker. It works like an audio book reader and provides translation for words that you don’t understand.

LodeSpin Labs, UW
Manufactures tracers for Magnetic Particle Imaging, a new medical imaging technology capable of replacing CT and MRI for imaging patients with heart disease and cancer.

Point of Care Technologies, UW
Developed prototype medical devices which interface with Android-based smart phones via Bluetooth.

PotaVida, UW
Provides a low-cost, reusable tool that takes the guesswork out of solar disinfection of water, for use in disaster relief and areas lacking potable water.

Pterofin, UW
Designs and manufactures innovative wind energy devices for residential and commercial use.

Punchkeeper, Seattle University
A customer loyalty smart phone application that digitally replaces paper punch cards making businesses more competitive while saving consumers money, hassle, and wallet space.

Rolling Stone Medical Ultrasound, UW
Provides radiation-free kidney stone detection and the application of “ultrasound-induced acoustic force” to reposition the stones.

SkyFu, UW
Provide small to medium-sized firms a comfortable and easy to use software platform to manage their Social Media presence and reputation. We are different from the competition in cost, scope and expertise.

Solanux, WSU, University of Idaho
Produces patented potato food ingredients with high amounts of resistant starch (RS) which help lower a person’s glycemic index response, improve insulin levels, and lower fat and cholesterol levels.

SoothieSuckers, UW
Creates all-natural ice pops infused with herbal remedies for children’s cough and cold.

Stockbox Grocers, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
A mini grocer tucked inside a reclaimed shipping container, to provide fresh produce and basic staples in urban food deserts.

Tripbox, UW (see photo above)
Makes leisure trip planning simple, smart and enjoyable by providing an easy to use online service that automatically generates an itinerary that optimizes cost, timing, and routes and allows users to further customize their trip.

Urban Canopy, UW
Provides SaaS software that guides customers through design, execution, and maintenance of green building initiatives, including LEED certification.

First Alternate:
Feral Motion, Seattle University, UW
Provides the best automated filming experience in the action sports world.

Second Alternate:
RideMyDesign.com, UW
The first ski and snowboard value-added online retailer, offering custom graphics on name brand equipment via our ever-expanding, online community design database.