Regis University’s competition brings community together; first prize is $10,000

April 10, 2019


Seven months in the works, Regis University’s second Innovation Challenge concludes at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, at the University’s Northwest Denver Campus.

Nine teams – of undergraduate and graduate students, Regis alumni and community members – will compete for startup funds and work space in the University’s Innovation Center. Prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and multiple $1,000 prizes will be awarded to the top competitors.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Mountain View Center of St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall on Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus (use Entrance 4), 3333 Regis Blvd.
It is free and open to the public, and the audience will help decide the winners.

“The goal of the Innovation Challenge is to harness the campus’ entrepreneurial mindset and help students run their businesses by providing them with mentors and introducing them into an ecosystem of support,” said Ken Sagendorf, professor and director of Regis’ Innovation Center.

The competition launched in October with more than 50 students attending an informational session. A semifinals competition was held in December to determine the top teams. These startup businesses represent the cybersecurity, mental health and outdoor industries, among others.

The Innovation Challenge will pit the top nine teams against one another in a Shark Tank-style competition where business ideas are pitched to a panel of judges. Ideas will be judged on desirability, feasibility, viability and presentation. 

The Innovation Challenge finalists include:

  • A to Z logic, which specializes in low-cost enterprise security
  • Brand$tanding, designed to help people think through product design, marketing and investor pitching
  • CampCrate, which offers on-site backpacking gear for adventurers
  • InStream Water, which provides filtered water refill stations
  • The Invictus Project, dedicated to improving the lives of those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and depression
  • The Nest, which provides workshops and events that speak to a soul's purpose
  • MyHomeFix, an application to improve the home-repair experience
  • PinQuest Golf, an application to help improve golfers' short game
  • Rock-n-Rides, which provides transportation solutions for Red Rocks concertgoers

View the full list of finalists and their websites.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 10,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.