The 2010 “Energy Innovation” Concept to Company Contest was the eighth C2C competition and was a huge success. It took place from June to September 2010. The focus of the contest was on innovations that responsibly produce energy or assist in energy production.
Over 50 well-qualified applicants applied to the contest and of those, seven finalists were chosen. The finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges on September 22nd at the new Bingham Entrepreneurship & Energy Research Center in Vernal, Utah. After the presentations, the judges started deliberating but had a hard time choosing only three winners. Because of the quality of the applicants, the judges therefore decided to choose four winners instead of only three. At the conclusion of the judging, the four winners were announced but without revealing who the Grand Prize Winner was. Instead, the four winners then presented a summary of their ideas at a special BEERC reception dinner that evening. After the presentations, the Grand Prize Winner was announced and prizes awarded.
Grand Prize: Paragon Automation
Runner Up: Aaron Gilchrist
Runner Up: Mountain West Energy
Special Recognition: Clay Park and Rob Gines