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John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition

Winners of the 2009 $10K Competition

First Place

United Plastics


United Plastics is a Web based marketplace which facilitates the redistribution of plastics. This marketplace will establish values for unused and reusable plastic composites. The purpose of this venture is to unite a traditionally fragmented market which is controlled by regional brokers. As a sales and marketing company, United Plastics core competency is managing strategic partnerships which is demonstrated by its alignment with IDES "the plastics Web". This and other partnerships create a number of profit centers which make United Plastics not only viable, but sustainable as well.


Second Place

Dinner Maid Simple



Dinner Maid Simple is a service that provides complete meal planning and preparation needs catered to your family. Dinner Maid Simple is a bimonthly service that provides a two week planned dinner menu, complete with easy-to-follow recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. This service also includes grocery shopping for the planned menu, allowing a family will be fully stocked with everything needed for two weeks worth of delightful dinners, waiting to be prepared.


Third Place

Sensor Technologies


Various equipment such as snow plows and earth moving equipment have replaceable wear parts. These parts significantly wear during normal operation due to friction and must be periodically replaced. Failure to replace such parts in time can lead to extensive collateral damage to other parts. To solve this problem, Sensor Technologies' product, a blade wear measurement system, will consist of inexpensive sacrificial sensor elements to measure the amount of wear on a snow plow blade on a real time basis, along with electronic packages to read each sensor and transmit the sensor reading to an operator interface in the cab of the plow.


Best Presentation

Olympus Mons Sporting Goods

Olympus Mons

Olympus Mons Gear is an apparel company dedicated to providing extreme sports enthusiasts with apparel created to withstand and endure the intense conditions encountered while participating in various specialty sports.
Olympus Mons products will maintain a balance of functionality and fashion while catering to the specific needs of various extreme sports. Products will include base layers, outer layers, accessories, and casual attire. Each product will incorporate the Olympus Mons logo and a fashionable design targeted toward athletes and fans.

Most Creative Business Plan

Region Careers



Region Careers (RC) is a web based business designed to bring employers and those seeking employment together. RC was born from Chris and Alex's shared entrepreneurial spirit and the realization that popular job based web sites frequently yield search results that are too broad to be of real assistance. Chris and Alex realized that adding a compatibility element and providing video interviews would yield more useful results.


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