John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition2019 Competition

The Winners

1st Place: Scitech Energy

Team members are Vahideh Mirchi, a graduate student majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in interfacial phenomena, and Morteza Akbarabadi, a recent UW graduate, both from Iran. Scitech Energy proposes to formulate highly efficient bio-friendly surfactants for application in enhanced oil recovery.


2nd Place: Autosense 

Team members are Kyler Lunberg, majoring in electrical engineering, from Laramie; Dalton Hass, majoring in computer engineering, from Cheyenne; and Braxton Cooper, majoring in electrical engineering, from Sheridan. The Autosense VODS is a device that will use a variety of sensors to monitor the environment of a vehicle, and help prevent human and animal deaths.


3rd Place: Torch Creamery

TeaLayna Hill, majoring in social work with a minor in disability studies, from Belle Fourche, S.D., is a soloist in the competition. Torch Creamery will provide quality ice cream creations through advocacy and employment for people with disabilities.


Bill Daniels Business Ethics Winner: Torch Creamery

This is the second year for this award and was made possible through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. For a chance to win $2,500, $50K teams had to submit a strategy for creating an ethical culture within their business. Their proposals needed to incorporate the use of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles as the centerpiece of the plan. The winning proposal was selected by a team of judges chosen from the executive board of UW’s Student Center for the Public Trust.


2019 Winner Scitech Energy 

2018-2019 John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition Winner