KANSAS CITY, MO—December 6, 2011—The Gigabit Challenge announced the Semi-Finalists who will continue on in pursuit of the $100,000 Grand Prize, the $250,000 "Born Global" Prize and the opportunity to create disruptive innovation on the Google Fiber Network. These Semi-Finalists were selected by a panel of judges including entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, public and private sector organizations, community leaders and other experts. Executive summaries were judged based on market opportunity, growth potential, impact, brevity, clarity and how effectively the ideas utilized the Google Fiber Network. The Semi-Finalist companies cover a wide range of applications including telemedicine, ecommerce, nonprofit fundraising, video delivery, digital city management and much more.
"The Gigabit Challenge is a great example of a community working together to capitalize on a fantastic opportunity for the region to connect with entrepreneurs, inventors and investors from around the globe to catalyze ideas that can change the world," said Chris Bernard, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Design Startup Director and Advisor for Microsoft, and a judge for The Gigabit Challenge. "We congratulate all of those who entered the competition and we're looking forward to the final round of judging. We are proud to offer programs like Microsoft BizSpark to the Semi-Finalists, which will help those startups and entrepreneurs focus on a great idea and get to market quickly."
The Gigabit Challenge Semi-Finalists:
- Abhi Ray, Heart To Heart Network Inc.
- Adam Geller, Edthena
- Andrea Tappy, ClassTap
- Andrew Ying, Hong
- Annie Hwang, Cloud Integration LLP
- Bob Wray, CourthouseUSA LLC
- Brendon Collier, SocialCloud
- Brett Simpson, record life
- Cecilia Bakker, Cecilia Bakker & Tim Brown
- Corinna West, Wellness Wordworks
- Dallas Kranker, Everything Computers LLC
- David Windhausen, TiBi.tv
- Don Peterson, BigIris.com
- Eddie Tapper, GET-GIV-GOT System Technologies
- Edgar Sarmiento, HuMuch?
- Ellen Ervin, Connected-4-Learning
- Ernie Johnston, iNet2
- Fortunato Cardenas, Green Earth Aerogel Technologies
- Jason Arnold, Paruzia Technologies
- Jeff Stull, Risk Analytics LLC
- Jeremy Kissell, Jeremy Kissell
- Jim West, Somametric
- Kristin Kenney, RE:Cite
- Marc Canter, Digital City Mechanics
- Mark Hellevang, Capital Infinity Research LLC
- Mary Poehler, In Touch Beacon
- Merlin Owens, East West TeleMedia International
- Michael McKinzy Sr., Voter Integrity Party (V.I.P.)
- Michael Shear, Strategic Office Networks LLC
- S. Vaideeswaran, Damascus Fortune
- Sally Smith, Esipro Technologies LLC
- Samuel Belu-John, SEIN Analytics & Asset Management
- Scott Hardiek, Virtual/Real World Wallet System
- Seak Meng Lay, Photaic
- Sonia Lin, Kauzu
- Su Sanni, WeDidIt
- Tim Sylvester, Integrated Roadways
- Troy Norris, TalentHelix
- Willow Lundgren, PlanetRestore LLC
Semi-finalists have until December 9, 2011 to submit eight to ten page business plans and Powerpoint presentations which will be reviewed by the judging panel. Finalists will be announced on December 16, 2011. At The Gigabit Challenge Finale on January 18, 2012, the winners will be awarded a Grand Prize valued at $100,000 and a "Born Global" Prize of a $250,000 investment from Gramercy Private Equity.
"It has been a pleasure reviewing submissions for The Gigabit Challenge," said Greg Kratofil, Shareholder at Polsinelli Shughart and judge for The Gigabit Challenge. "It feels like I'm looking through time and getting a glimpse at what the future will hold. I have been extremely impressed with the quality of the ideas and have little doubt about the opportunities enabled by gigabit speed."
For more information about The Gigabit Challenge or to express interest in becoming a partner, please visit http://www.gigabitchallenge.com or contact Ann DeAngelo at (816) 842-5244.