Of the 238 entries in this year’s Business Plan Challenge, these finalists and semifinalists rose to the top in the judges’ rankings.
Arctico, by Nestor Villalobos. Arctico’s purified ice in single-serving tamper-proof packaging allows consumers to cool drinks using expertly engineered slow-melting ice in places where they may not trust local sources. Top 6 finalist.
Dog-E-Glow, by Gregory Brauser. Dog-E-Glow creates and sells a high-end line of LED designed pet collars, leashes and other pet accessories featuring collegiate sports and other licensed logo designs.
iCare Intelligence, by John Suarez. iCare, in beta testing, delivers cloud-based performance management solutions and analytics for controlling healthcare expenses.
Kitchen Popups, by Lauren Casgren-Tindall and Mauricia Ragland. People who follow a restrictive diet (vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, etc.) find it difficult to dine out due to a lack of food options. KP will curate an online network for people to share meals, while cross-selling related goods and services on its platform.
Miami Winery Project, by Patrick Charpentier, Jerome Hayfil and Charles Mac Caffrey, includes a wine-bottling facility in Miami that would bottle wines imported in bulk from Argentina, Chile, France, Spain and Italy, allowing a 30 percent to 40 percent cost savings on the finished product.
Munchkin Fun Classes, by Valerie Schimel. This mompreneur’s company provides a single destination for parents to find, enroll in and pay for kids’ classes. It partners with marquis local businesses.
PAPA System, by Len Loffler. This patented and prototyped shock-reducing boat suspension deck platform, which is mounted on the deck of a boat, reduces the harmful stress on the spine of the occupants of a small boat in choppy water. Top 6 finalist.
Playapy, by Amy Baez. This online child development resource for parents and educators of children up to 12 years of age offers ways to improve play and learn skills as well as access tips, videos and therapy professionals directly.
Synergist, by Jared Kleinert. Synergi.st helps social entrepreneurs build a network of people around common ideas to improve society, collaborate in a free shared workspace, and fund their movements.
Deubre, by John Romney, David Lewis and Paul Hoffmann. Deubre provides easily interchangeable Designer Shoe Lace Tags to style-conscious individuals. Top 6 finalist.
Energy Consortium of the Americas, by Brian Zirulnikoff, Roberto Flores and Matthew Mecsery. An interactive Web-based platform provides the average person with the technologies, know-how, installation, financing options and a computer application that will help establish a trainable, independent energy-auditing workforce.
Goodbun, by Daniel del Campo and Alec Fernandez. Rethinking the term “fast food,” Goodbun will offer burgers, fries, wraps and snacks that are tasty, convenient — and healthy.
Grounds to Ground, by Yvette Tablada and Andres De La Puente, seeks to create a green sustainable soil conditioner and insect repellent made from recycled coffee waste.
I Know Science, by Gabriela M. Brown. IKS offers a purposeful and fun after-school program for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to spark curiosity and a lifelong love of science through engaging and interactive labs.