Canyon Challenge finalists include two returnees

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By Mark Heller
GCU News Bureau

The Canyon Challenge, the annual entrepreneurial competition for Grand Canyon University students, prospective students and staff, just keeps getting more competitive. Now it has entries that already have proved successful — even internationally.

Storage Together, a Canyon Challenge finalist last year, is back after winning a competition last fall in Barcelona. Another 2016 finalist that’s back in the mix is Lectric Longboards, which has shown signs of being a viable business as well. Both are eligible to re-enter the Challenge because they didn’t win money last year.

Each finalist will present its business plan on March 28 in the Colangelo College of Business lecture hall. From there, five finalists will be selected by the Canyon Angels investment group to compete from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at GCU for $15,000 in prize money, granted to the entries whose entrepreneurial ideas are judged to have the most potential.

The finalists

BIBU: Apartments and housing

Coloot: Crowdfunding platform to help fundraise entrepreneurial initiatives and ideas

Fades: On-the-go haircuts and personal grooming business

The Huub:  Connect and communicate with fellow college students around college campuses

Lectric Longboards: Electronic skateboards and scooters 

Outbound Explorer: Local “experts” who share their adventure stories and encourage others to explore the outdoors

Secured Together: Foster collaboration between public safety officials and the college campuses they help protect

Storage Together:  Store your possessions with community members who have space to rent or share

Zenjoi: Uses a variety of virtual reality, visual and audio therapy techniques to help Alzheimer’s patients

Alternates:

Drone Initiative: Using drones to deliver packages and other types of mail 

Parvatii: Website to help plan dates and recreational activities 

Contact Mark Heller at (602) 639-7516 or mark.heller@gcu.edu


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