left to right is Ky. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, MoveMe team members Andy Ortegon and Eric Reskin, and Christine Wildes from Idea State U
left to right is Ky. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, MoveMe team members Andy Ortegon and Eric Reskin, and Christine Wildes from Idea State U

The University of Louisville has continued its winning streak at a statewide entrepreneurial competition for Kentucky college and university students. The MoveMe team from the College of Business won first place in the business plan category of the 2016 Idea State U competition, taking home $25,000 to continue to develop its app that matches workout partners.

Finals for the Idea State U competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Kentucky Innovation Network, were held April 22-23 in Lexington. The win marked the seventh time that a UofL College of Business team placed first for its business plan at the competition.

“We have always done really well at Idea State U and have come away placing in the competition every year,” said Van Clouse, entrepreneurship director of the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business. “We won the business plan division seven times and the business concept/business model division six times since 2009. We have an outstanding program for entrepreneurship here at the University of Louisville partly because we create unique partnerships on and off campus to support our student teams.”

The MoveMe app matches users with potential workout partners based on fitness activities, levels and goals. The team will continue to work with the Kentucky Innovation Network, which has 13 offices across the state to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The competition this year had a record 51 entrants from 18 Kentucky colleges and universities.

Here are all UofL’s victories at Idea State U:

  • 2009 Business Plan Division 1st place PackStream, Business Concept Division 1st place Fenix Group.
  • 2010 Business Plan Division 1st place CALMsenior, Business Concept Division 1st place Cuddle Clones.
  • 2011 Business Plan Division 1st place Cuddle Clones, Business Concept Division 1st place KY Chia.
  • 2012 Business Plan Division 1st place KY Chia, Business Concept Division 1st place VOC Diagnostics.
  • 2013 Business Concept Division 1st place PDM Pharmaceuticals.
  • 2014 Business Plan Division 1st place Trifecta Cooking Equipment, Business Concept Division 1st place Cypress MD (now Inscope Medical Solutions).
  • 2015 Business Plan Division 1st place Engagely.
  • 2016 Business Plan Division 1st place MoveMe.
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Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.