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Spring 2014

Entrepreneurs Compete

Bryce Packer

First place winner Bryce Packer holding his nanoKEYS product

After what Director Dane Money called the “best awards banquet yet,” a surprising five teams were awarded a total of $10,000 at this year’s Utah State University Opportunity Quest. The judges decided that five ventures, instead of the standard three, were likely to grow and create jobs, thus resulting in a three-way tie for third place. The following prizes were awarded:

  • 1st place and $5,000 to Bryce Packer of nanoKEYS
  • 2nd place and $2,000 to Odell Rinderknecht and his team of J-J Picnic Tables
  • And a three-way tie for 3rd place and $1,000 to the following: Spencer Bailey of The Social Fund, Dillon Leichty and his partner of PIF Medical Devices, and Steve Mitton and his partner of WOODN Productions

Student entrepreneurs attributed their success to hard work, mentorship, and support from the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneur Club.

“This year has been one of the most successful and enjoyable competitions we’ve ever had,” said Mike Glauser, director of the Clark Entrepreneurship Center. “We have been very impressed with the teams’ advanced business plans and the time and effort they put into their businesses.”

Bryce Packer then took his winning idea and pitched it to the USTAR Go-to-Market Program and walked away with an additional $40,000 of funding.