2015 Competition Results

Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition 2015 Winner: Nevada Dynamics

On March 9, 2015, the winner of year's Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition was announced. Nevada Dynamics, a hardware and software safety solution for unmanned autonomous systems, was the winner of the $50,000 award.

Student competition team Navatar won $5,000 and second place for their business plan, a free indoor navigation system application for blind students. Two other finalist teams were also recognized for their participation: Burn Ready, a web-based event supply company and Adaption, a Bluetooth low-energy technology to make it easier to monitor activity in and outside of the home.

2015 Finalist Teams

On December 10, 2014, we had the pleasure of announcing the four finalists of the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition 2015. Each of the finalists will receive $1,000 to help validate and vet their ideas before their presentation to the final judges. The four finalists teams are listed below.


Using Bluetooth, Adaption seeks to build sensors for easier management of smart-home technology to monitor security, gardens, lights, temperature and more.

  • Team: Keith Szelagowski, Steven Keim
  • Mentors: Bernard Bach, Mark Spano, Rosalind Sadleir

Burn Ready

BurnReady is building a web-based service that allows people to buy or rent custom, eco-friendly packages of supplies for Burning Man and other Reno/Tahoe events.

  • Team: Meghan O'Neill, Adam Sousa, Jonathan Sarmenta, Peter Sifers
  • Mentor: Matt Westfield


Navatar will develop a cost-effective system to help visually impaired students find their way in campus environments.

  • Team: Ilias Apostopoulos. Antonios Zarafonitis; Jordan Blocher, Rohit Patil
  • Mentor: Eelke Folmer

NV Dynamics

NV Dynamics aims to create a way for smaller companies to make use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones)by cutting through regulatory and technical roadblocks.

  • Team: MacCallister Higgens, Erik Edgington
  • Mentor: Beau Keenan