Past Winners

2017

Congratulations to Toggle Health, Winner of the
8th Annual Venture Sharks Competition

Venture Connectors is pleased to share that Toggle Health won the $37,000 grand prize in its 8th annual regional business competition. Toggle Health is a manufacturer of a patented device that connects surgeons to their pre-operative and mobile data from the sterile field of the operating room. Congratulations to Jake Miller and his team!

Competition was tough. The other finalists were Credit Fair-E, which provides affordable loans up to $500 to low- and middle-income families to help break their cycle of debt; Herelancer an online community that connects entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations with creative talent in their local market; Meta Construction Technologies, a construction-tech firm that gives control to the asphalt industry with an innovative fleet management and dispatch software solution, BlackTop; and Lifebit, winner of Startup Weekend Louisville and developer of a fire alarm alert system for the deaf and hard of hearing.

2016

Congratulations to Switcher Studio, Winner of the
7th Annual Venture Sharks Competition

Venture Connectors is pleased to announce that Switcher Studio took home $23,000 in cash and prizes at our 7th annual Venture Sharks competition! The company develops easy-to-use and affordable live video streaming tools that allows users to create TV-style productions for the web. Congratulations to Nick Mattingly and his team. We look forward to seeing great things from you in the future!

During the competition, four entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off with a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. The other finalists were:

  • CompassioNote, which helps companies have better relationships with their customers by using personalized data
  • Farm Specific Technology, which produces farm equipment used to manage cover crops and get rid of weeds
  • Uncrash, which helps auto body shops organize their work and connect customers to the repair process

2015

Congratulations to Logjustrips, Winner of the
6th Annual Venture Sharks Competition

After swimming with the sharks, we are pleased to announce that Logjustrips emerged as the 2015 winner! The company sells a car plugin that tracks a vehicle's location through geolocation technology. The device connects to a mobile app, where users log whether a trip is for personal or business reasons. We are proud to award $10,000 in cash and prizes to Steve Arkon and his team so they can further expand their exciting business.

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Competition was tough this year. The other 2015 finalists were:

  • Ecobridge Industries II, which sources a hemp plant fiber called Kenaf from Kentucky farmers to use in green building, pulp and paper, and biocomposites.
  • Hello Parent, a mobile app that parents can use to connect with other families and organize events.
  • Phone Falcon LLC, a mobile repair service for smartphones and tablets.

2014

Congratulations to The Winner of the
5th Annual Venture Sharks Competition

Congratulations to 2014 Venture Sharks competition winner, Gear Brake, and its founder, Chris Bailey! Gear Brake creates products to help make motorcycle riding safer and more enjoyable. The company’s first product can reduce rear-end collisions by 90%. We are proud to award $10,000 in cash and prizes to Chris and his team so they can take their business to the next level. Contact Chris at cbailey@gearbrake.com.

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We would also like to congratulate our other finalists:

Louisville Fish Co., which sells live fish, fish on ice and make its own Paddle Fish Caviar. The company partners with Kentucky aquaculture producers, purveyors and distributors.

Million Dollar Scholar, an ed-tech venture that makes college more affordable for families through a platform that teaches students how to win scholarships.

Recovery Station, which manufactures, markets and services a kiosk that dispenses customized protein shakes in the convenience of a gym.

YouSawMe, which has patented a retro reflective vest embedded with 60 custom-color LEDs for runners, bicyclists and anyone wanting to ensure noticeability.


 2013

Congratulations to the Winner of the
4th Annual Venture Sharks Competition

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Venture Sharks™ competition is Smart Farm. The preliminary competition narrowed the competition down to four finalists who fended for themselves against a savvy panel of business leaders hungry for the next great investment at the Venture Connectors monthly luncheon on May 1, 2013.

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Preliminary Winners 2014:

BracketPress - bracketpress.com

Collabra Music - collabramusic.com

Crambu - crambu.com

SmartFarm - smartfarm.biz

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 2012

Congratulations to the Winner of the
3rd Annual Venture Sharks Competition

We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Venture Sharks™ competition is Wicked Sheets.  This year’s competition brought in over fifty applicants.  The preliminary competition – the Nurse Sharks round – narrowed the competition down to five finalists who fended for themselves against a savvy panel of business leaders hungry for the next great investment at the Venture Connectors monthly luncheon on May 2, 2012.

 

Wicked Sheets are luxury bed sheets designed to wick away moisture from the body, keeping both you and your bed cool and dry while you sleep. This US-based company was founded in 2008 and has experienced exponential revenue growth from online and retail sales year over year. As this year’s winner, they plan to use the $5,000 to fund their certification as a Woman-Owned Small Business with the U.S. Small Business Administration and it will go towards exhibitor space at the North American Women's Menopause Conference.

Contact:  Alli Truttmann – President and CEO - Wicked Sheets, LLC - alli@wickedsheets.com - 618.531.5284 - wickedsheets.com - facebook.com/wickedsheets  - @WickedSheets

 

Congratulations to these other four finalists who swam with the sharks in the final round of competition

Other 4 Finalists
Bill Cunningham: One More Pallet
Shannon Gadd: Party Chic
Jim Glass: Greenway Solar LED Systems LLC
Lafe Taylor: Pheeva

 


2011

Congratulations to the Winner of the
2nd Annual Venture Sharks Competition

We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the 2011 Venture Sharks™ competition is Kentucky Chia.  They were one of five finalists who presented to  the shark panel  at the Venture Connectors monthly luncheon.

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Kentucky Chia was formed at the University of Louisville in the Entrepreneurship MBA program in 2011. We seek to become the premier distributor of domestically grown chia seeds in the equine industry. Our company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The company’s four founders, Zack Pennington, Joanna Cruz, Scott Serdoz, and Keith Starling, are currently working to bring the first domestic chia seed crop to market.

Contact:  info@kychia.com

 


2010

Congratulations to the Winner of the 1st Venture Sharks Competition

We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the 2010 Venture Sharks™ competition is Surgical Serenity Headphones.  They and the other finalists presented to the shark panel at the Venture Connectors monthly luncheon.

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Surgical Serenity's success comes from their patented musical delivery process. Their music is chosen to interact with the human body through a process known as "rhythmic entrainment" - synchronizing the tempo of the music with the heart rate and breathing of the patient.

Read Dr. Cash's Testimonial about The Venture Sharks Competition

Contact: DrCash@SurgeryHeadphones.com