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Games For Change Announces The First “VR For Change” Summit As Part Of Its 14th Annual Games For Change Festival

Three Day Festival to Feature Keynote Presentations by Megan Smith, (former White House Chief Technology Officer); Gabo Arora, (Creative Director & Senior Advisor at the United Nations); Luke Crane, (Head of Games at Kickstarter) and Anjali Bhimani, (Actress/voice of Symmetra in “Overwatch” and Nisha in “Fallout: 4”)

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Press Release – (NEW YORK, NY) April 27, 2017Games for Change, the leading global advocate for the power of games as drivers of social impact, today announced the programming for its 14th Annual Games for Change Festival, with an expanded focus on virtual reality with their first VR for Change Summit. The Festival will take place from July 31-August 2, 2017, at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City.

The first of its kind, the VR for Change Summit will focus on advancing virtual technologies for positive social change, bringing together developers, artists, storytellers, journalists, researchers, activists and policymakers for dialogue, connections and debates focused on new initiatives to advance the field. Erik Martin, former Policy Advisor at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration, is the VR Summit’s curator.

“With over a decade of experience bringing together the gaming for social impact community and having established partnerships and credibility with nonprofits, foundations and government across a broad spectrum of issue areas, Games for Change is uniquely positioned to convene this emerging community,” said Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change. “Very little has been done to directly bring together the VR and social impact community, and organizations that are creating compelling VR experiences and tools to advance their cause-oriented missions have few opportunities to connect and engage in focused and relevant conversations. We are excited to create this new platform where the VR community can finally come together for good.”

“The state of VR technologies today presents an opportunity to affect positive social change in radically new ways,” said Erik Martin, former Policy Advisor at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration. “The emerging landscape of VR technology, such as new headsets and mobile capabilities, as well as augmented reality, are making new kinds of media content and storytelling techniques possible to engage people with critical issues and causes. We are excited to grow the community and amplify impact with the VR for Change Summit.”

The VR for Change Summit will drive pioneering discussions focused on the most exciting technology and experiences being built with VR and ways to support and grow a VR for Change community, with an emphasis on diversity throughout all programming. The Summit will build on Games for Change’s community-sourced model, providing opportunities for curated presentations and discussions, as well as demos, networking, and awards with topical themes around a few critical societal challenges.

Notable speakers for the VR for Change Summit include:

  • A keynote by Megan Smith, the third White House Chief Technology Officer of the United States (U.S. CTO), who will be sharing a vision for how VR and AR technologies could empower people, improve civic engagement and create social change, sharing her experiences and stories as U.S. CTO in the Obama Administration.
  • Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will illustrate that use of virtual reality and innovative apps have impacted empathy and continue to revolutionize the way people access reproductive health care.
  • Gabo Arora, Creative Director & Senior Advisor at the United Nations, is the founder of, the United Nations’ virtual reality lab. He has directed and produced a series of pioneering, and widely acclaimed, virtual reality documentaries focusing on vulnerable populations in crisis: “Clouds Over Sidra,” “Waves of Grace,” and “My Mother’s Wing.”
  • Ryan and Amy Green, founders of Numinous Games and the creator of award-winning autobiographical game, “That Dragon Cancer,” about their son who was diagnosed with cancer at 12-months old. They will discuss the game’s new VR experience.
  • Aldis Sipolins, Head of Virtual Reality and Game Design, IBM, will discuss why VR is good for science and give an overview of presence and ecological validity in psychological research.

In addition, programming for the VR for Change Summit will include:

  • The U.S. Department of Education EdSim Challenge winners will be featured. This challenge calls upon the VR, video game and edtech communities to submit concepts for VR and AR immersive simulations that strengthen students’ technical skills, preparing them for the 21st century workforce.
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Student Game – Each year Games for Change challenges CMU students from the Entertainment Technology Center to design a game to be played at the annual Festival. This year’s game will be a live crowd-gaming experience using virtual reality to explore competitive social media.
  • VR Brain Jam – On Friday, July 28th – Sunday, July 30th, Games for Change will host an invitation only event, the VR and Neuroscience Game Jam. It will pair neuroscience experts with game developer teams and charge them with exploring the intersection of their domains.

The Games for Change Festival will once again feature three focused tracks: Games for Learning, Neurogaming & Health and Civics & Social Issues, to highlight the impact that games are having in these major sectors and beyond entertainment. Each track will feature Keynote presentations from:

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute; Luke Crane, Head of Games at Kickstarter; Alan Lewis, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Take-Two Interactive Software; Anjali Bhimani, Actress/voice of Symmetra in “Overwatch” and Nisha in “Fallout: 4”; Louise Dubé, Executive Director of iCivics.

TRACK 1: Civics & Social Issues: The ability of games to inspire empathy and understanding make them a powerful tool for bringing people together and bridging gaps between perspectives. This track will highlight the gaming medium’s ability to engage with contemporary concerns regarding social justice and responsible citizenship.

Speakers Include: Tracy Fullerton, USC Game Innovation Labor; Paolo Pedercini, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design; Mary Flanagan, Director of Tiltfactor Lab at Dartmouth College; Austin Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Waypoint, Vice’s gaming site; Nicole Rustad, Former Corporate Citizenship Program Manager at Disney.

TRACK 2: Neurogaming & Health: Advances in science and technology enable innovative collaborations between researchers and game makers to produce games with remarkable, measurable outcomes. Festival attendees will be able to take a deep dive into the interactive experiences that aim to improve our brains and bodies.

Speakers include: Luc St-Onge, Associate Producer at Ubisoft; Joseph Koziak, CEO of Amblyotech; Moran Cerf, TED Speaker, Neuroscientist and Behavioral Economist; Attila Szantner, Co-founder of Massively Multiplayer Online Science; Hugo Spiers, Neuroscientist; David Miller, Program Officer at the NIH; Seth Cooper of Fold It; Wolfgang Kampbartold, VP of International Marketing Communications at Deutsche Telekom.

TRACK 3: Games for Learning: The 3rd annual Games for Learning Summit will explore how games are transforming education. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to hear from emerging leaders in game-based learning and join in workshops.

Speakers include: Constance Steinkuehler, Professor at University of California Irvine; Ingrid Simone, Executive Editor of TocaBoca Magazine; Deborah Quazzo, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration; David Edery, CEO of Spry Fox; Neal Shenoy, CEO of Speakaboos; Nicole Neal, CEO of Noodle Markets; Jane Robinson, CFO of First Book.

Other Notable Sessions include Minecraft Game Jam; a screening of the film Gaming in the Real World; Ad Council + National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Challenge; Games for Change Student Challenge Awards program.

Additional speakers and programming information can be found on the Games for Change website. To purchase tickets, please visit

Registration includes access to the full Games for Change program on July 31st – August 2nd 2017 at Parsons School of Design. The Games for Change Festival runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

About Games for Change

Since 2004, Games for Change (G4C) has been empowering game creators and innovators to drive real-world change, using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. G4C partners with technology and gaming companies as well as nonprofits, foundations and government agencies, to run world class events, public arcades, design challenges and youth programs. G4C supports a global community of game developers working to use games to tackle real-world challenges, from humanitarian conflicts to climate change and education.

About Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design is one of the world’s leading institutions for art and design education. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

GIIN Report Highlights The Power of Guarantees In Impact Investing And Gives Recommendations For Their Use

The in-depth study of guarantees in impact investing includes case studies featuring key industry players the Kresge Foundation, Citi, Fannie Mae, and more.

Press Release – NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 – A study published today by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) takes an in-depth look into the application, benefits, and scalability of financial guarantees in impact investing. Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing provides examples of how guarantees have been successfully used to leverage additional capital into high-impact deals, allowing investors with varying risk appetites to productively engage in impact investing.

The report shows how impact investors are utilizing guarantees as a credit-enhancement tool to stimulate increased private-sector investment in solutions to social and environmental problems.

Key findings of the research include:

  • Guarantees are a powerful financial tool that can help channel private capital into impactful deals at the right terms to meet investees’ needs.
  • Guarantees help mitigate risk for certain impact investors, thus enabling greater amounts of capital to reach organizations generating positive social and environmental impact.
  • Guarantees enable investors to gain experience in a new sector, help prove the viability of a business model that generates social impact, or facilitate access to capital at favorable terms for nonprofits.
  • Promising areas for greater use of guarantees include energy efficiency, community-based renewable energy, healthcare, healthy food access, and expanding small business lending.
  • The main providers of guarantees in U.S. community investing have been foundations and the lenders gaining protection have been banks.
  • Guarantee use in U.S. community investing has been concentrated in the affordable housing and community real estate sectors.
  • The median size of a guarantee is USD 2 million and the median fund or project size is USD 20 million.

The research includes cases studies that showcase the use of guarantees and other unique deal structures:

  • Healthy Neighborhoods Loan Pools I and II – In order to revitalize undervalued Baltimore neighborhoods, Healthy Neighborhoods created two loan pools, partially guaranteed by a group of foundations, totaling USD 53.6 million over a six-year period. This has resulted in increased home sale prices and numbers of rehabilitation permits issued, and shortened the time homes stay on the market.
  • The Collaborative for Healthy Communities – The Kresge Foundation provided an unfunded guarantee to support co-lending among three CDFIs to expand financing for healthcare centers in high-need states.
  • M-PIRE Pilot and Green Rewards – Multifamily Property Improvements to Reduce Energy (M-PIRE) leveraged a loan-loss reserve from New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) to assist Fannie Mae in incorporating projected energy savings into its underwriting practices. This enabled Fannie Mae to provide larger loan sizes to finance efficiency improvements and develop its green mortgage products.
  • Housing Partnership Equity Trust (HPET) – The MacArthur Foundation provided a stand-by purchase agreement to ensure a liquidity source for senior investors participating in high-impact, affordable and sustainable housing investments. The agreement assisted HPET in purchasing properties worth USD 244 million as of September 2016.

The report also includes a list of key considerations to be used in structuring a guarantee. This resource was developed by leading practitioners who participated in the GIIN’s Guarantees Working Group, comprising 34 individuals representing 23 organizations.

This report was produced with the support and guidance of the Kresge Foundation.

“The use of guarantees is not new in impact investing, but this valuable tool is extremely underutilized,” said Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the GIIN. “Increased awareness of successful examples of investor collaboration through guarantees—and blended capital more broadly—could help spur much-needed, additional investment into solutions to pressing social and environmental problems. There is an enormous opportunity for different types of investors to collaborate to amplify impact.”

About The GIIN

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information, please visit

Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. DBA Leonhardt’s Launchpads Annual Shareholder Meeting Notice May 5th 2017

Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. DBA Leonhardt’s Launchpads Annual Shareholder Meeting Notice May 5th 2017

Second Notice of Annual Shareholders Meeting Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. a California Corporation

Press Release – Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of the shareholders of all classes of stock of Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. will be held at the company’s headquarters at 2000 Main Street, Santa Monica CA 90405 on Friday May 5th 2017 at 3pm PST for the purpose of:

  1. Receiving and considering the annual report and financial statements for the year ended Dec. 31st 2016 and report of board assigned task force committees including any audits thereon;
  2. Electing directors;
  3. Executive compensation approval; stock option plans for advisors consultants and employees approval; shareholder loans to company & promissory notes review and approval;
  4. Major material supply and distribution agreements approval;
  5. Re-appointing corporate accountant and legal counsel and;
  6. Transacting such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof including 2016 portfolio progress review and forward major goals.

Here is a link to a table of the Leonhardt Ventures’s Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. 2016 Portfolio Class of 26 Regenerative Medtech and 4 Regenerative Economy Startups with current valuations and target goals valuations for the end of 2019 – which includes hyperlinks to all the individual startup web sites –

An advance notice was emailed to all shareholders of record April 5th, 2017 and again on April 19th, 2017 on behalf of the board of directors.

Shareholders not able to attend in person may call into this line at 3pm PST May 5th, 2017 to participate in the meeting.

  • Dial-in Number:  (712) 775-7031
  • Access Code:  405-822-417

Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. DBA Leonhardt’s Launchpads Board of Directors
Executive Chairman of the Board: Howard J. Leonhardt – eSigned – Howard J. Leonhardt
Secretary & Treasurer: Sofia Yepes
Voting Board Directors: Jeremy Koff, Tricia Nordy, Jeff Donofrio, Dr. Mark Cunningham, Alex Richardson
Committees: Compensation = Chair Jeremy Koff, Ken Evans, Jeff Donofrio
Audit = Brittany Brown CPA, Jeff Donofrio
Legal Counsel = Bruce Methven Corporate Securities, Allen Turner Patents
Board Meeting Attending Non-Voting Advisors (some may attend by Skype): Ken Evans, Paul Norman, Walter Grieves, Laurelle Johnson, Brittany Brown CPA, Bruce Methven Corporate Attorney, Allen Turner Patent Attorney, Kevin Arnal Chief Engineer Biomerics Advanced Catheter, Richard Koffler, Michael Newton, Derek Kahn, Dr. King Liu, Dr. Patrick Johnson, Dr. Santosh Kesari, Tom Newman, Henk Abbink, Joel Hirsch, Dr. Leslie Miller our Chief Medical Officer
Updates will be provided on these portfolio startups and Licensable Technology Platforms (LTPs) including current ownership cap tables and valuation analysis:

Regenerative Medtech Portfolio (26)

  1. BioLeonhardt MyoStim – heart and limb regeneration – 2012
  2. CerebraCell – brain regeneration – 2015
  3. Stem Cell Bra – breast regeneration – 2013
  4. EyeCell – eye regeneration – 2015
  5. AortaCell – aorta regeneration – 2012
  6. BioPace – biological pacemaker regeneration – 2012
  7. Valvublator – heart valve regeneration – 2012
  8. CoroStim & VibroCell – vibrational energy to prevent clots, plaque & calcification – 2012
  9. HeartScore – genomics, high fidelity monitoring and bioelectric based heart failure and stroke management – 2013
  10. DentaCell – dental gum regeneration and tooth pulp (stem cells) storage – 2014
  11. OrthodontiCell – designed to cut in half dental brace and aligner wearing time and freeze teeth positions – 2015
  12. PancreaCell – pancreas regeneration – 2015
  13. RegenaLung & RegenaLung COPD – lung regeneration & COPD treatment – 2015
  14. CancerCell – bioelectric cancer tumor treatment regeneration – 2016
  15. EndoCell – artery regeneration – 2013
  16. MyoStim ED – erectile dysfunction treatment – 2015
  17. MyoStim Skin & SkinCell Stimulator – skin regeneration – 2015
  18. MyoStim Peripheral – limb blood flow improvement & diabetic foot ulcer treatment – 2011
  19. BladderCell – 2016
  20. Second Heart Assist, Inc. – circulating assist pumps – 2016
  21. HairCell – hair regeneration – 2016
  22. Leonhardt-Wetling* Peripheral – wireless diabetic foot ulcer treatment – 2014
  23. BioLeonhardt Whole Body Regeneration – Whole body regeneration – 2015
  24. LiverCell – liver regeneration – 2016
  25. KidneyCell – kidney regeneration – 2016
  26. EarCell – ear hearing regeneration – 2016

*Note – Leonhardt-Wetling JV agreement for wireless microcurrent technology is still pending finalization at time of this notice. If the agreement is not finalized within the next 90 days the board proposes to shareholders adding MucosaCell (sub mucosa regeneration) to the portfolio and dropping Wetling.

Regenerative Economy Portfolio (4)

1. The California Stock Exchange TM – social good stock exchange in development and crowdfunding services – 2011

a. Cal-X Crowdfund Connect – crowdfunding campaign bulding assistance – 2012
b. Cal-X 30 Social Good Impact Fund powered by Motif Investing – 30 curated social good impact stocks – 2015
c. Cal-X Microloans – in collaboration with ZimpleMoney – crowd sourced loans – 2014
d. Cal-X Funders Syndicate -Special Purpose Vehicles and Simple Advance Future Equity Agreements – 2014
e. CalXports – export sales campaign building assistance for California startups – 2013
g. PRETAIL Fashion – pre-selling fashion designs and crowdsourcing most popular designs to go to production – 2015

2. Leonhardt Incubators & Accelerators

a. Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. – regenerative medtech and economy startup & innovation accelerator – 2013
b. CalXelerator – 108 day startup accelerator/incubator for social good impact companies – 2013
c. SciAccelerator – 108 day startup accelerator for science based tech startups – 2016
d. Leonhardt’s Launchpads NorCal @ University of Northern California Science Technology Innovation Center (UNC STIC) – life science startup incubator – 2007
e. Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. – innovation accelerator focused on organ regneration and recovery – 2015
f. LABioHub – resources for Los Angeles area life science cos. – 2015
g. Startup California – resources for California startups – 2011

3. Kindheart Lionheart Media & Publishing Co. – Social good media- 2006

a. The Kindheart Lionheart TV Network – social good impact online television network – 2014

> California Love TV Program – in house original TV program about new love – 2014
> Love Dialogues TV Program – in house original candid no frills conversations on the topice of love – 2015
> Love Roller Coaster TV Program – original love themed sitcom – 2015
> LIONS DEN Startup Pitch TV Program – in house original online crowdfunding based startup pitch program – 2015
> The Kindheart Lionheart TV and Radio Program – social good profiles of compassion and courage radio and TV show – 2013

b. Kindheart Lionheart Book Club – social good impact book club – 2006
c. Kindheart Lionheart Startup Media Support Services – startup media support including video and animation production – 2014
d. Kindheart Lionheart Adventures – social good charitable vacations and charitable foundation fund raising tools – 2001
e. Radio Veronica USA Radio Santa Monica USA – online radio station that permits listeners to buy into publishing rights of songs – 2010
f. Wine Country Baseball – Sonoma and Napa based summer amateur baseball league to raise funds for local causes and parks – 2009
g. Dolphin Smiles: The Legend of Kindheart Lionheart – (under development with help of UCLA writing program) – in house original story of a person dedicated to social good change reincarnated as a dolphin – 1997

4. Leonhardt Food & Beverage

a. Lucille’s American Cafe’s* (50% worldiwde franchise, trademark and recipes rights) – comfort food restaurants – 1996
b. Food Trikes & Scooters – mini electric food trucks with crowdfunding and micro loans to finance – 2013
c. California Wine Financing – loans to small California family wineries to bridge cash flow gaps – 2008
d. Lionheart Cider* (distribution western states) – Minnesota based cider co. – Leonhardt has option for western states distribution – 2014
e. Leonhardt Oak Aged Beer (development stage) – sour mash beer aged in former oak wine barrels for a unique taste – 2015

Refer to Investor Relations Page for Risks and Warnings Within Our Private Placement Memorandum. Refer to Latest Newsletters for Updates. and

The Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. DBA Leonhardt’s Launchpads business model is to accelerate each startup through to first-in-man study results for the regenerative medtech portfolio and through to acquisition of 10,000 customers/subscribers for the regenerative economy startups and then dutch auction them off to the best strategic partner preferrably with 3% royalty on net sales forward.

Securities offered under Rule 506(c) may be purchased only by accredited investors = persons with > 1 million in assets excluding their home and vehicles or whom have income > $200,000 the past two years consecutively or > $300,000 income as a couple. Accreditation status must be verified via documentation of credible third parties in a position to provide accurate verification. Investors in this offering should have experience in making early stage investments.

Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc. develops early stage innovations and startups. By nature the risk is very high for these type of investments. Any investor should be fully prepared without reserve to lose all their investment. Our high focus on developing implantable devices and biologics for treating heart failure add exceptionally higher levels of risk as the products require multiple stages of clinical trials costing many millions of dollars and require high intellectual property protection to succeed commercially. The patent landscape in these areas of participation are wrought with potential for litigation. A high number of clinical trials in the heart failure space fail to prove greater safety and efficacy compared to currently available choices. A high number of early seed stage innovations fail to ever make it to market and even a smaller number become commercial successes. This type of investment is NOT appropriate for nest egg savings.

  • The securities are being offered in reliance on an exemption from the registration requirements of the  150Securities Act and are not required to comply with specific disclosure requirements under the Securities Act; the Commission has not passed upon the merits of or given its approval to the securities the terms of the offering or the accuracy or completeness of any offering materials; the securities are subject to legal restrictions on transfer and resale and investors should not assume they will be able to resell their securities; and investing in securitiesinvolves risk and purchasers should be able to bear the loss of the entire investment. Private funds would be required to include a legend informing investors that the funds are not subject to the protections of the Investment Company Act.

Accuracy of Information Disclaimer:  Representations and warranties – although we fully believe that our executive summaries newsletters websites and other written materials and videos accurately represent a true and accurate general high level picture of our activities history and progress – which is developing about 26 early stage un-proven cardiovascular life innovations and 4 early stage startup social good impact innovations (including new media social good projects) in an accelerator/incubator – we acknowledge that working with a very small core staff covering many thousands of pages of written materials across over 50 web sites with over 4000 sub-pages that we are highly prone to small errors outdated materials and a certain level on inaccuracy and inconsistencies even while fully striving for the utmost accuracy.  Across the 30 innovations and over 2000 working partnerships being developed there are changes and events that occur almost daily.  We do our best to keep all websites and published materials fully up to date but recognize and make clear it is nearly impossible for our small staff to keep all materials on all web sites 100% up to date despite our best efforts to do so.  Investors have the advantage with us that our small staff operates with a very low overhead but the offset disadvantage is that we do not have on hand the staffing to handle all the constant updates and proofreads needed to keep thousands of pages of materials up to date and 100% accurate 100% of the time.  If you have ANY direct question about any published item of material interest to you – JUST ASK for clarification by emailing direct Howard Leonhardt at or calling our office DIRECT GOOGLE VOICE MAIL LINE at (424) 291-2133.  We will strive to provide a clarification or update to you promptly.

Most recent press releases:

Leonhardt’s Launchpads Chooses Biomerics To Provide Contract Manufacturing and Engineering Design Services For Medical Devices

Leonhardt Ventures to Enter Into Worldwide Strategic Collaboration With Neuro Code Tech Holdings for Customized Bioelectric Cancer Treatments

Leonhardt Ventures to Present Heart and Heart Valve Regeneration Technologies at Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) Meeting February 21st in D.C.

Leonhardt Ventures to Present Heart and Heart Valve Regeneration Technologies at Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) Meeting February 21st in D.C.

Leonhardt’s Launchpads Expands Patent Estate with Option to Exclusive License Agreement With Caltech

Leonhardt and Genovese file Patent for Bioelectric Controlled Expression of PDGF a Powerful Organ Regeneration Cytokine

Pancreacell Presents Updated Design For Total Pancreas Regeneration At Chicago Conference

Leonhardt’s Launchpads by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc., 2000 Main Street, Unit 333, Santa Monica, CA 90405 – +


Autism Guardian Angels to Honor Matt Asner at Autfest April 23

Autism Guardian Angels and the Goody Awards for social good will honor Matt Asner (Autism Society of America) with a Golden Goody Award (lifetime achievement award) this Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Autfest.

Autism Guardian Angels to honor Matt Asner at Autfest VIP Reception on Sunday, April 23, L to R: ASA Matt Asner, AGA Liz H Kelly, AGA Founder David M Luber, Autism Advocate Dani Bowman

Press Release – SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) APRIL 19, 2017: Matt Asner, Autism Advocate and VP of Development at Autism Society of America, will be honored with a Golden Goody Award (top humanitarian award) this Sunday, April 23, 2017 during the VIP Reception at Autfest in Orange, California. This lifetime achievement award will be presented to Matt Asner by Autism Guardian Angels Founder David Luber and Matt’s father Actor Ed Asner.

“We’re honored to recognize Matt Asner with a Golden Goody Award for dedicating over 20 years to raising autism awareness, helping millions impacted by autism, and as a parent of six autistic children,” shared Autism Guardian Angels (“AGA”) Founder David Luber. As a Gold Sponsor of this event, AGA is also running an Autism Awareness Campaign focused on Autfest through digital media and an iPad Mini Sweepstakes.

Autism Society of America (“ASA”) President and CEO Scott Badesch sent cheers to Matt, “We are so honored that Autism Guardian Angels is recognizing one of our great staff members Matt Asner. Matt is awesome in what he does, and his commitment to helping every person with autism shows each and every day.”

After a successful TV and Film production career for decades, Matt Asner chose to apply his skills to where they could really make a difference. In 2012, Matt Asner became the Executive Director of Autism Speaks for Southern California, and later became the Director of Corporate Development. Through Matt’s leadership, he helped Autism Speaks raise the bar of awareness with the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, organizing Autism Speaks walks, fundraising and more marketing initiatives.

In September 2016, Matt joined the Autism Society of America as the National VP of Development, with a mission to help families with loved ones on the spectrum. During Autism Awareness Month (April 2017), Matt is hosting ASA’s First Ever Annual Autfest with films about autistic people, along with films made by autistic filmmakers.

To help raise autism awareness across the US, Matt also just released a 2017 Autism Society of America PSA by Autism Advocate and Animator Dani Bowman in over 4,000 AMC Movie Theaters across the US.

Goody Awards Founder and Autism Guardian Angels Board Member Liz H Kelly shared, “We started the Goody Awards five years ago with an autism awareness campaign, and our board felt strongly about honoring Matt Asner with our top award at Autfest.”

This lifetime achievement award is usually presented at live events to raise awareness of social impact leaders and great causes. Previous Golden Goody Award winners have included Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Sir Nicholas Winton, Amma The Hugging Saint, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Ian Somerhalder Foundation), Unlikely Heroes Founder Erica Greve (who travels globally to rehabilitate women), Louie Psihoyos (Director of Academy Award Winning Documentary, “The Cove”) and more.


AutFest International Film Festival’s mission is to further advance the wellbeing of all with an autism diagnosis, as well as to educate our nation about autism and the important need to fully respect and value each person with autism. We wish to celebrate films that promote autism awareness and that have the power to enhance the lives of our community. We also wish to honor and support Autistic filmmakers and artists that have chosen film as their profession. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Founded in 1965, the Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, and exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocation for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. The Society maintains a strong nationwide network of affiliates to provide support and grassroots advocacy at local, state and federal levels.


Goody Awards™ mission is to inspire positive change by recognizing and promoting the good in the world in four Eco Social areas: Environment, Education, Health and Women Empowerment. A Golden Goody Award is their top humanitarian award. The Goody Awards has an international Advisory Board, and fans tweet @GoodyAwards from 30+ countries to recognize good daily 24×7 using 20 different award categories with hashtags (ex. #HeroGoody).


Autism Guardian Angels is an investment group focused on raising autism awareness and funding behavioral therapy products and services for autistic children that are ready for the market. With 1 in 68 U.S. children estimated now to be born on the autism spectrum (CDC 2014), Autism Guardian Angels mission is to “bring out the brilliance in exceptional children with autism by investing in tools that increase their smiles, confidence and independence.” To enter the AGA iPad Mini Sweepstakes (1 winner April 1 – May 15, 2017 online and 1 winner at Autfest thru a door prize drawing), visit the Autism Guardian Angels Facebook or


Launching Earth Day 2017, MOTEV is the First Luxury Car Service to Integrate Social Impact by Planting a Tree for Every Ride Booked

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA. (April 20, 2017) – MOTEV, a groundbreaking luxury black car service comprised solely of environmentally-friendly, zero emissions Teslas, today publicly launched the first social impact partnership in its industry to support tree-planting and pioneer an ecosystem of sustainability. Through a new partnership powered by Pledgeling, MOTEV will donate money towards the planting of one tree in the Greater Los Angeles & surrounding areas for every ride booked by customers. MOTEV will show the real-time impact of the brand’s commitment to the cause on its website,

“We believe technology has the power to change the world for the better, and that premium service should not come at the expense of the environment,” explained Robert Gaskill, CEO and Co-Founder of MOTEV. “We embrace and champion the advancement of technologies that help us achieve our sustainability goals, such as partnering with Pledgeling to power the social impact of our customer experience. Now, every customer can feel they are doing their part to help the environment simply by choosing to book a MOTEV.”

MOTEV chose to launch its new commitment to the environment ahead of Earth Day 2017 through a service day (April 8) of tree-planting and tree care, in partnership with Tree Musketeers and Pledgeling in Los Angeles, California. The impact of MOTEV’s tree-planting to date is displayed on its homepage through an Impact Calculator, powered by Pledgeling. Every time a ride is booked through MOTEV’s online platform, the Impact Calculator automatically updates the number of trees to be planted in local communities and American forests by nonprofit partners. Customers will receive quarterly updates and photos about the cause to keep them connected to the impact they’re making through MOTEV.

About 19.64 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) are produced from burning a gallon of gasoline that does not contain ethanol. About 22.38 pounds of CO2 are produced from burning a gallon of diesel fuel. Although MOTEV operates a zero emissions fleet, they understand their cars are only making a small impact on the environment. They believe they can do more to help offset the effects that gasoline vehicles have on the air quality of Los Angeles. Planting trees clears the air – as the tree matures, it can consume close to 48 pounds of CO2 per year turning it into parts of itself. A tree also releases enough oxygen to supply the needs of one person for two years. These two effects can help give the earth a healthier climate & Angelenos cleaner air to breathe.

To join MOTEV & Pledgeling in taking a stand for the environment and to experience MOTEV’s luxury black car service, please visit


MOTEV ( is a Los Angeles-based boutique black car company with a fleet made up of solely top-of-the-line P90DL TESLA vehicles – making them the company with the largest model X fleet in the US. Rooted in sustainability, MOTEV offers their high-profile clientele a unique & luxurious experience unmatched by other car services. Committed to the environment and their staff, MOTEV not only gets their customers where they’re going in style – but they provide them with an experience they can feel good about on every level.

About Pledgeling

Pledgeling ( is the world’s first social enterprise and SaaS platform that powers purpose and social impact. Thousands of brands and nonprofits utilize Pledgeling’s platform to build stronger relationships with their audiences, grow their businesses and organizations, and demonstrate social impact. Launched in 2014, Pledgeling’s SaaS platform has powered over $3.5MM in donations to date for causes around the world from their headquarters in Venice Beach, California. #PledgeToDoGood

ImpactUs Welcomes First Issuers to its Impact Investing Marketplace

Four early adopters have gone live on the FinTech platform dedicated to Impact Investing

Press Release – APRIL 19, 2017 — Washington, D.C. — Financial technology provider ImpactUs today announced the onboarding of the first issuers to its impact investing platform, ImpactUs Marketplace. The Marketplace is a community-driven full-service platform offering institutions, individuals and financial advisors an extensive range of private impact investing opportunities.

The four early-adopter issuers* on the platform are mission-driven institutions dedicated to building strong, healthy and successful communities.

  • Iroquois Valley Farms: A restorative farmland finance company providing land access to organic family farmers, with a focus on the next generation.
  • Shared Interest: Utilizes impact investors’ capital as collateral to unlock local capital in Africa and build capacity for entrepreneurs in low-income communities
  • Envest Microfinance: Uses capital to enable universal access to financial services to create the conditions necessary to empower the world’s low-income people to meet their basic needs.
  • CommonBond Communities: The largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services in the Upper Midwest, using impact capital to acquire and preserve multifamily housing for moderate-income workforce households who support the economy and our communities.

*Some of these issuers’ offerings are only available to accredited investors. Investing in private investments requires high risk tolerance, low liquidity concerns, and long-term commitments. Investors must be able to afford to lose their entire investment.

Currently in a limited access, invite-only launch phase, ImpactUs Marketplace is open to accredited investors provided with designated access codes. Those interested in signing up for an invitation to the platform can request a demo and access code at

Led by impact investing veterans Reginald Stanley and Liz Sessler, ImpactUs provides the advanced infrastructure to seamlessly connect investors and advisors with mission-driven institutions, providing end-to-end transactional and capital management capabilities. As a broker dealer, ImpactUs harnesses technology to make impact investing accessible to all.

The foundational support necessary to launch ImpactUs was provided by some of the leading organizations in the social impact sphere, including MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners and City First Enterprises.

“We are incredibly excited to onboard our first set of issuers to ImpactUs Marketplace,” said Reginald Stanley, CEO of ImpactUs. “These mission-driven institutions are an absolute crucial component to our community and have been key partners in building our shared vision of harnessing advanced technology to simplify and grow impact investing.”

“Collaboration and community has always been core to ImpactUs’ mission,” said Liz Sessler, Vice President of ImpactUs. “As such, we’re happy to welcome our first set of issuers to the platform so that impact investors can begin investing in positive changes to communities worldwide.”

About ImpactUs

ImpactUs Marketplace simplifies the impact investing process. It provides investors, advisors, and impact organizations greater choice and reduced costs while directing more capital to funds and projects that deliver community, societal, and environmental benefits. Every day, ImpactUs connects investors with purpose, creating more equitable and thriving communities.

The information contained in this press release does not constitute an offer or solicitation and may not be treated as an offer or solicitation (i) in any jurisdiction where such an offer or solicitation is against the law; (ii) to anyone to whom it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation; (iii) if the person making the offer or solicitation is not qualified to do so. The issuers named in this press release can only be marketed in certain jurisdictions only.

All securities related activity is conducted through ImpactUs Marketplace LLC a registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC, located at 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20009. ImpactUs does not make investment recommendations and this communication should not be construed as a recommendation for any security offering named in this press release. Private investments are only suitable for investors who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risk associated with private investments. Securities sold through private investments are not publicly traded and are intended for investors who do not have a need for a liquid investment.

“The TEDx of Social Action” — TOM:NYC Makeathon

Press Release – New York, NY — TOM:NYC will be a three-day Makeathon to invent affordable, assistive technology addressing needs of people with disabilities. New York’s first TOM Makeathon will feature teams of eight “makers” (engineers, product designers, developers and coders) who will unite with “need-knowers” (individuals with a deep understanding of a specific disability or challenge) to create prototypes where there is no market interest due to prohibitive cost or speciality of condition. Designs will then be published online for public domain use, accessible to those with similar disabilities around the world. The event will be held April 21-23rd at New Lab in Brooklyn.

TOM:NYC is part of multi-week, national campaign on campuses across the U.S. Berkeley, Cornell University, Northwestern, UCI, Vanderbilt, and Solomon Schechter Makeathons are being organized with the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and will be the latest in activities launched by the global TOM:Tikkun Olam Makers movement.

Tikkun Olam Makers (Hebrew for “repairing the world,”) which was launched in 2014 by Reut Group, is a network of makers currently organized in 10 countries. At a recent Makeathon, a team of Makers created a robotic arm for a quadriplegic man for $700–nearly $14,000 cheaper than its market value. At another, members of Israel’s space program designed wheelchairs more ergonomic and affordable than what’s available on the market.

At TOM:NYC, Makers and Need-Knowers will team up to create devices for 15 challenges, including prototypes for a portable, lightweight ramp that will provide greater mobility in urban environments, adaptable tech for weight machines at the gym, and redesigning a manual wheelchair so it can be be propelled without the use of one’s arms.

The Jim Joseph Foundation is championing the innovative efforts to mobilize young leadership by supporting the seminar training for campus organizers, supporting the development of a campus methodology and guidebook, as well as supporting each of the six Makeathons. These efforts are designed to create a scalable model to reach and engage even more young Jewish leaders, Jewish high schools, and college communities across the United States.

“This is a dynamic initiative that mobilizes young people to create change for good in an environment imbued with creativity and Jewish values,” says Barry Finestone, President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “The Foundation is excited to partner with TOM, offering opportunities for young adults to connect with Israelis and to engage in projects that inherently reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

By investing in promising Jewish education grant initiatives, the Jim Joseph Foundation seeks to foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States. Established in 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $450 million in grants to engage, educate, and inspire young Jewish minds to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.

TOM:NYC is a partnership of TOM:Tikkun Olam Makers, Reut Group, Cornell Tech, Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Cornell ILR’s Yang -Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

Tikkun Olam Makers—How it Works:

Rubi Life Wins $40,000 at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Zion’s Bank announce winners of statewide entrepreneur competition

Press Release – April 15, 2017 – Rubi Life, a student startup developing a wearable fetal activity tracker, won first place and the $40,000 grand prize at the 2017 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge today. The event featured the best collegiate entrepreneurs in Utah competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is a statewide business model competition open to all university students in the state. It is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

“The best part of this competition was watching schools all over the state come together to compete in a business model competition,” said Jaron Hall, the student co-chair of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. “It was wonderful to see how we were able to have the business competition held at Lassonde Studios for the first time. It was definitely a success.”

Additional prizes were granted for best video, design, presentation, technology and more. Other big winners included Xlynk Surgical with Best Presentation ($5,000) and Best Design ($2,000 in-kind), Cedar Sports with the online voting People’s Choice Award ($2,500), and Portal Power with Best Speed Pitch ($1,000). All top eight teams walked away with in-kind awards from Deloitte and Jones Waldo. Participating teams also received mentorship from community experts and are judged by industry professionals.

Rubi Life’s fetal activity tracker uses nanotechnology attached to an elastic maternity band to passively track kick count, heartrate and fetal position. That data is sent to the mom’s smartphone and can alert her if the baby is at risk. Rubi Life is a source of maternal peace of mind and could help reduce the risk of stillbirth.

Rubi Life founder Eric Stopper was inspired by his wife’s terrible pregnancy experience. During her entire pregnancy, she was sick and worried about her baby. Due to complications, her son was born early. Initially, Stopper started an at-home ultrasound system. This later evolved into the product that is currently showcased.

Stopper plans to use the $40,000 that from the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge to launch a phone app at the end of this year after the current beta-testing phase. Stopper also plans to fly to California soon to meet with venture capitalist firms along with soon starting a Kickstarter campaign.

After winning the prize, Stopper offered advice to other entrepreneurs: “Take it one day at a time, when you feel like giving up you just have to make it work. You don’t give up.”

Learn more about the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Winners of the 2017 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Zions Cash Prize Awards:

  • Grand Prize Award ($40,000): Rubi Life
  • Best Speed Pitch Award ($1,000): Portal Power
  • Best Tabling Award ($1,000): Cedar Sports
  • Emerging Entrepreneur Awards ($1,000): Dentium Club & EMJ Medical
  • Online Video Voting People’s Choice Award ($2,500): Cedar Sports
  • Best Presentation Award ($5,000): XLynk Surgical

In-Kind Awards:

  • Stoel Rives Best Technology Award: Sunshine Sync
  • Jones Waldo Award (Neiybor, Xlynk, Rubi Life, The Gingerbracket Company, Portal Power, Sunshine Sync, PerkNow, Pleth Patch)
  • Espiritu Best Design Award: XLynk
  • Deloitte Services Award (Neiybor, Xlynk, Rubi Life, The Gingerbracket Company, Portal Power, Sunshine Sync, PerkNow, Pleth Patch)
  • Silicon Slopes Publicity Award: RubiLife
  • Silicon Slopes Publicity Award: RubiLife
  • Jive Phone Services: Cedar Sports, Neiybor, Dentium Club

Cash Prizes:

  • The Actium Bootstrap Award ($1,000): Gingerbracket Company
  • The Jones Waldo Best Video Award ($1,000): Rubi Life
  • The Payzang Excellence in innovation ($1,000): Pleth Patch

Top 20 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Teams

Here are the Top 20 teams in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge:

  • Breathe Easy Mat (BYU) – A thin pad that delivers oxygen to infants at night
  • Cedar Sports (SUU) – Provides Cedar City and surrounding areas with high quality new and used outdoor recreational equipment
  • Course Credit (USU) – Offers affordable online courses to non-traditional students who then transfer the credits they earn to online universities and community colleges
  • Coverall Homecare (Westminster) – A subscription-based monthly home maintenance service
  • Dentium Club (BYU) – Dental-grade whitening delivered to your door for a few bucks a month
  • EMJ Medical (UofU) – Creating a simple, mechanically driven medical device that will be applied to laparoscope lenses and restore the vision field of the operating team while the device is still in the patient
  • The Gingerbracket Company (Weber) – A mess-free product that makes snapping gingerbread houses together easier
  • HashTaggy (UofU) – Provides a new and innovative way for students to find fun stuff to do with their friends
  • LIT Outdoors (UofU) – An outdoor company that focuses on the emerging opportunities in the outdoor recreation industry
  • Lunchmoney (Snow College) – A fanny pack company that will design and sell multiple lines of hip and cool packs for people of all ages
  • Neiybor (UofU & BYU) – A peer-to-peer marketplace for storage (
  • OverPowered Training (USU) – A junior sports league for the players of League of Legends
  • PerkNow (UVU) – Streamlines the acquisition, implementation, promotion and distribution of convenient on-site services and desirable company perks
  • Pleth Patch (UofU) – A low-cost, portable, wireless vital sign monitoring system for low and middle-income countries. This device will provide clinicians in developing nations increase the standard of care at a very low cost.
  • Portal Power (UofU) – Portal Cord creates a simplistic portable charger
  • Rubi Life (BYU) – A maternity band-like wearable fetal monitor that can provide expectant mothers with real-time data to their smart phones about their baby’s kick count, heart rate and fetal position
  • Savor Life Co (SLCC) – A food truck that meets the needs of vegan diners who want to “savor life” by enjoying the food truck experience
  • Sunshine Sync (UofU) – App improving transfers of value between medical salespeople and physicians
  • Tenant Joy (Dixie) – A web app that helps with onboarding each student, making payment transactions easy and will also contain many more features
  • XLynk Surgical (UofU) – A faster more effective postoperative adhesion barrier

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at

$30,000 Awarded at High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Zions Bank announce winning teams at final event

Press Release – April 15, 2017 – Utah’s top high school entrepreneurs won $30,000 in cash and prizes at the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (HS UEC) Final Awards and Showcase event today at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios. The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

The competition received nearly 150 student business idea submissions from high school students throughout the state. The top-24 teams advanced to the final round, where they got the chance to pitch their ideas to judges, made up of many influential community leaders. Teams’ ideas and business presentations ranged from a portable solar panel to affordable homes for the homeless.

The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is managed by a team of student leaders at the Lassonde Institute. Their goal is to help high school students explore innovation and early stage business.

“It was an incredible experience to see up-and-coming entrepreneurs showcase their hard work and pitch their idea to the judges,” said Stephanie Gladwin, a University of Utah senior and chair of the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.

Three teams won the Grand Prize awards of $5,000 each:

  • StraightShot (Kearns High School) – Adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port, feeding tube or other ways.
  • Colo Clean (Rowland Hall, Park City) – An alternative colonoscopy preparation kit. Their mission is to provide an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep kit that keeps prep less burdensome for the patient.
  • Puzzle Panel (Academy for Math, Engineering & Science, Salt Lake City) – Portable solar panels that would eventually be able to be sent to emergency sites and set up very quickly.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award of $1,000 was Health For All. The team secured the most votes from spectators at the event. The team is from Park City High School, and they have a line of clothing and accessories that use a type of subwoofer to be used for healing.

“Today was a milestone day to have the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge together,” said Mike Winder, vice president of community development at Zions Bank. “The energy was explosive and amazing.”

Among the other prizes were $1,000 scholarships for 10 young creative minds to live at Lassonde Studios, an entrepreneurial living-learning community at the University of Utah. The building opened in August 2016. All students at the University of Utah are welcome to live at Lassonde Studios or to use the 20,000-square foot innovation space on the first floor to collaborate, build prototypes and launch companies.

“We appreciate the community coming out to support our students” said Anne Bastien, program director at the Lassonde Institute “All of the teams this year blew us away and made us truly excited for the entrepreneurial community in Utah.”

Learn more about High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge at

Winners of the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

  • Grand Prize Winners, $5,000 each (Zions Bank) – StraightShot Apperal, Colo Clean, Puzzle Panel
  • Lassonde Studios Scholarships, $1,000 each (Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute) – The DeFlame Wrap (Jonathon Vizmeg), Puzzle Panels (Isaac Bromley-Dulfano), Board Buddy (Keyan Adams), Colo Clean (Tobi Yoon), HeadShot (Madison Hooper and Shreya Mahassenan), Valle (Caleb Christensen), The Curb Climber (Andrew Rich), Health For All (Kyle Haas), My Lunch (Lauren Barlow)
  • People’s Choice Award, $1,000 (Zions Bank) – Health For All
  • Best Prototype Award, $1,000 (Zions Bank) – Air Scare
  • Rising Star Award, $1,000 (Zions Bank) – 123Hammock
  • Top Online Vote Award, $500 (Zions Bank) – The Great Traffic De-escalator
  • Finalist Award, $100 each (Zions Bank) – All teams won
  • STEM Entrepreneur Award, $1,000 (STEM Action Center) – Head Shot
  • Zions Elite Entrepreneur Package (Zions Bank) – All teams won
  • Impact Hub In-Kind Award (Impact Hub) – Head Shot, Self-Image Mirror, My Lunch
  • Intellectual Property Protection Package (Snell & Wilmer) – The DeFlame Wrap

Top 24 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Teams

Here are the top 24 teams in the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge in alphabetical order:

  • 123Hammock – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Aims to revolutionize the hammock industry by providing a hammock that has easily attachable parts.
  • Air Scare – Beehive Science & Technology Academy (Sandy) – Innovative small, portable and nonpolluting air dancers (ADs) make a positive impact by making air travel safer and saving birds’ lives by scaring them away from airports.
  • AptiTekk – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – All-in-one business solution makes it easy to book rooms, equipment and more.
  • BacteriaPets – Maser Prep Academy (Orem) – A fun classroom lab designed for elementary school classrooms. Using bacteria, students can create their own “pets,” or bacteria cultures, in a safe environment, while learning about bacteria at the same time.
  • Board Buddy – American Preparatory Academy (Riverton) – Board Buddy makes it impossible for beginner snowboarders to catch their edge. The product is made of hard plastic that prevents the riders downhill edge from touching the snow.
  • CoderKeys – Pine View High School (St. George) – An app to teach kids how to type more efficiently for computer programming – and it’s fun.
  • ColoClean – Rowland Hall (Park City) – An alternative colonoscopy preparation kit. Their mission is to provide an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep kit that keeps prep less burdensome for the patient.
  • DeFlame Wrap – West High School (Salt Lake City) – The wrap will provide support and compression on muscles during exercise. After exercise, the wearer may chill the wrap to ice any inflamed muscle areas.
  • Discount Driver – West High School (Salt Lake City) – An app that tracks phone usage while driving through the use of accelerator and NFC sensors.
  • GovGush – Riverton High School (Riverton) – GovGush is a unified technology platform, via mobile and web engagement app, for the public, political representatives and governments.
  • HeadShot: Concussion Diagnosis – Hillcrest High School (Midvale) – Help athletes know how to better care for and handle their concussions. The technology used measures brain activity of regions of the cortex.
  • Health For All – Park City High School (Park City) – A line of clothing and accessories that integrates a type of subwoofer (tactile transducers or bass shakers) to be used for new-age healing techniques as well as a cutting-edge musical experience.
  • Multi-Use Backpack – Timpview High School (Provo) – A backpack with an inflatable mattress and pump. Allows buyer to be able to sleep more comfortably on the go.
  • My Lunch – Herriman High School (Herriman) – Parents and students can pre-order delicious, wholesome lunches from the My Lunch app and select a nutritious meal with quality fruits and vegetables.
  • One Heart One Home – Kearns High School (Kearns) – It starts by giving the homeless a place to call home, and a community they care about maintaining. The primary goal is to design and construct tiny homes for those who have no place to go.
  • PocketFab – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – This is a simple product: a pocket. This pocket will be able to hold your phone and other items in a place of your choice.
  • pRaise the Pringle – Park City High School (Park City) – Created a lift so that as Pringles are removed from the top, the lift pushes new Pringles to the top of the can.
  • Puzzle Panels – Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (Salt Lake City) – Portable solar panels that would eventually be able to be sent to emergency sites and set up very quickly.
  • Self-Image Mirror – Timpview High School (Provo) – What if instead of only providing our reflection, our mirror could let us know that we’re looking good, that our hair is impeccable and our outfit stunning? The Self-Image Mirror will provide this service.
  • Stadium Chair – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Seats in the stadium that are heated and cooled for when it is cold or hot outside.
  • StraightShot Apparel – Kearns High School (Kearns) – Adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port, feeding tube or other ways.
  • The Curb Climber – Copper Hills High School (West Jordan) – A base that will be built into the bottom of motorized chairs that will use motors and wheels to lift the chair over the curb.
  • The Great Traffic Stop De-escalator – Skyline High School (Millcreek) – A robot that acts as an intermediary between the police officer and the civilian for traffic violation stops.
  • Valle – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – Valle is a high-end clothing brand for urban and streetwear designs.

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at

TCU’s Values and Ventures® Competition Rewards Students Who Have a Head for Business and Heart for Humanity

Some people may think business is just about making money, but a lot of college students want to make a difference while making a profit. They’re coming to TCU April 21-22 to show us how.

Press Release – April 17, 2017 (FORT WORTH, Texas) – College students from 51 universities in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Croatia and Bangladesh are coming to TCU April 21-22 to pitch ideas for businesses that make a difference while making a profit.

They’ll vie for more than $70,000 in cash prizes to make those ideas a reality, thanks to TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition (

Values and Ventures® is not like any other college business plan competition. Students must present a plan for a for-profit business that benefits the community, environment or a specific population. Past winners include mattress recycling plants that employ former inmates, affordable banking kiosks for underserved populations and human-powered grain machines for remote areas of Africa.

This is the seventh year for the competition, presented by the TCU Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. Co-founders are Dallas real estate and technology entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine of First Preston HT.

More than 100 business professionals serve as judges and mentors.

All 51 teams will compete Friday morning, April 21, in seven simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the finals Saturday, April 22. Second-place teams from each flight will compete in a lightning round Friday afternoon. The top two teams from the lightning round will also compete in the finals on Saturday. All teams will compete in an elevator pitch competition Saturday.

Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.

2017 participating schools

Bangladesh University of Professionals
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic University-Pomona
California State University-San Bernardino
Emory University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
James Madison University
JJ Strossmeyer University
Johns Hopkins University
Kennesaw State University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan State University
Millikin University
North Carolina State University
Ohio University
Prairie View A&M University
Royal Roads University
Saint Leo University
Siena College
Southern Methodist University
St. Mary’s University
Tarleton State University
Texas Christian University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California-Irvine
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of Pikeville
University of Strathclyde
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Virginia
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Wake Forest University
Walsh University
Washington University in St. Louis

Follow the action and awards announcements on Twitter @NeeleySchoolTCU #valuesandventures and Facebook The public is welcome at all stages of the event. A full schedule is available at

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