The Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition is excited to start its third round of the competition. This year we're implementing a few changes to the structure of the competition but still giving away $50,000 to the winning student business. One of the bigger changes we've planned is a series of informal workshop events on Thursday nights in the second floor student lounge of the Ansari Business Building to help our competitors and all student entrepreneurs refine different sections of their businesses and business plans. We also want to help you successfully apply to other collegiate and public business plan competitions around the nation, so keep an eye out for more information as we continue to update the site.
Two big winners walked away from the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition on Wednesday the 6th of March, 2013: ElectroVentures with the $5,000 Monroe-Schuler Foundation Silver Prize and EscaZyme with the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition Gold prize of $50,000 cash. Congratulations winners, judges, and all participants for the heated startup competition this year. Win or loose, there have been some great developments and new business on their way from right here at the University of Nevada, Reno.
We had 24 great teams participate this year and each of the five finalists (ElectroVentures, Envirohaven, EscaZyme, The Mental Health Hub, and TERRANAMIC) will immediately get $1,000 to validate the market for and prototype their business ideas as they compete for $50,000 between now and February 2013. Read More about this year's Finalist Announcement.
A huge round of applause to the winners of the 2012 Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition, Mining Environmental Technology and Services (METS). At a luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, METS received a check for $50,000 to help launch a business developing, producing, and marketing optical instruments to detect potentially harmful airborne particulates in mining work places. Team members include David Karr, Ben Sumlin, Heather Zunino and Bryan Rainwater. Congratulations are also in order for the competition finalists whose solid business proposals made this competition such a difficult one to judge. Thanks must be extended to Rick and Susan Sontag for their generous gift that kick-started this competition and to everyone who helped administer and manage the competition.
Alumnus Rick Sontag created the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition with his
$1 million gift to the University in 2011.