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Student Startups Battle For $40,000 In Prizes

Mark your calendar.  On the 11th of April 2018, Grand Canyon University will have 10 student startups showcase ways that serve capitalism.

The community and any potential investor can attend from 4 to 6 pm in the Grand Canyon University Arena.

This is a free event with the chance for these students to win more than $40,000 in prizes.

Dean Randy Gibb, of GCU’s and a Canyon Angels board member, said: “The unique aspect is focusing on collegiate entrepreneurs who subscribe to conscious capitalism, a philosophy that has companies serve a higher purpose and stakeholder integration as part of their business plan.”

Who are you going to see?

Lux Longboard Rentals, from GCU, offering rentals of electric long-boards to college students to increase the efficiency of travel time across campuses.

Ecocrete, from the University of Arizona, created a concrete-like building material that is comprised of recycled byproducts left-over from mining and energy industries.  This material is designed to be safe, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.

Murphy Mobility, from Paradise Valley Community College, offers a physical therapy device allowing patients to perform ankle movement exercise from home without the assistance of a physical therapist

AgriAir Automation Services, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, created and unmanned aerial agricultural crop-dusting service instead of traditional manned aviation.

Blare, from University of Arizona creator of life-saving fashion jewelry, in the event of a sexual assault or other dangerous act, that discreetly alerts trusted contacts and law enforcement near the area the user is in.

Kustom Tyres & Supplies, from GateWay Community College, plans to give car enthusiasts an option to add white, colored or patterned sidewalls on any tire.

Planted Pallets, from Northern Arizona University, designs kits to convert pallets into vertical gardens. The intention is to enable consumers that don’t have the space to grow their own food.

Beeline, from ASU, a software company assists in scheduling informational interviews, allowing a job searcher to converse online with “mentors” from the company.=

Prophet Insight, from GCU, this software company plans to mine big data for small-business owners, previously only available to enterprise companies, now able to provide opportunities for customers to gain insights for their business.

TurnoverBnB, from ASU, offering vacation rental cleaning software for those who market on AirBnB and similar groups. This handles scheduling and confirmation of the home cleaning.

It will be interesting to see what these students do.

Michael Hool, founding partner of Phoenix-based Hool Coury Law who was involved in organizing the collegiate venture competition, said “More investors are interested in companies that have more of a purpose, and this is the first real event like this for collegiate startups.  The conscious purpose plays a prominent role in the judging.

These are companies that are trying to become large profitable companies and at the same time achieve some kind of higher purpose. This is the first time there’s that much of a focus on conscious capitalism.”

Sonia Rina Davies is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, author, and personal development coach. She is an outspoken advocate of the free market economy and has helped countless clients identify their core values, envision and realize goals that resonate with those values. She oversees several businesses both online and offline.

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