SOURCE: Innovate North State

June 15, 2012 20:51 ET

The Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge June 21, 2012 40 Finalist Competitors Announced Today!

Media, Policy Makers, Angel Investors and Industry Experts Prepare for a Power-Packed Day of Innovation in 5 Different Industries -- Seating Is Limited; Register Online at

CHICO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 15, 2012) - Event producers announced today the 40 Finalists who have been selected to compete in Innovative North State's inaugural Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge to be held on Thursday, June 21st at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA. The statewide (and beyond) competition involves a compelling six-minute presentation format by the finalists in which they must provide a case as to why their product will change the world, an industry, the environment or people's lives in some meaningful way.

"We are pleased with the tremendous response we received from companies from all over non-metropolitan California, and beyond who wanted to compete within this unique format that is very different from a traditional business plan competition," stated Jon Gregory, co-producer of the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge and a Managing Director at innovate North State. "The Sierra Nevada Big Room will be buzzing with energy and innovation next Thursday as many of the companies will be publicly launching their new products. This goes to show that the Silicon Valley, LA and San Diego do not have exclusive license on California's innovation as we have companies representing Folsom, Chico, Nevada City, Redondo Beach, West Sacramento, Grass Valley, Paradise, Carson City NV, Susanville, Davis, Penn Valley, Santa Rosa, Sebastapol, Fresno, Rocklin, Monterey, Dunsmuir, Sacramento, Auburn, Rohnert Park, Auburn AL, Seattle WA and even tiny little Biggs, California!"

Businesses will compete in five categories: Clean Tech & Environmental, Health Care & Medical, Sustainable Agriculture & Food, Web & IT, and Manufacturing/High Tech/Consumer Products.

The Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge innovative product showcase format, compelling keynote speakers and extensive networking opportunities promises to make the event intriguing for the general public who are interested in learning about new innovation, and making key connections with the companies and judges. Individuals interested in attending the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge should register online at and go to the Innovation Challenge page. Cost is $175 for the full-day conference and reception, and $75 for the Awards Dinner in the evening as a separate ticket. For more information, call 530-892-1707.

Participants will have direct access to industry experts, funders and media who will be in attendance. They will also have the opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs like Pamala Temple, founder of A Place For Mom -- the largest elder care service in the nation, Christian Friedland, founder of -- the nation's largest online-only home improvement retailer, and Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada Brewery -- the 6th largest USA brewery and powerhouse leader in green technology implementation, will also share their secrets of success.

Panels of over 40 Judges, comprised of investors, media representatives, CEOs, academia and federal labs, and industry professionals from around the nation, will also include Pam Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, Daniel Moznett, Producer of the award winning syndicated TV show "Bringing It Home" and Daniella Malfitano, host of the new public television show "Delicious Discoveries" slated to begin this Fall on KIXE TV. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be TV personality and journalist Doug McConnell, best known for KRON television's "Bay Area Backroads" series and who has been recognized with regional Emmys, humanitarian and environmental awards.

For further information visit .


Pamala Temple, founder of A Place For Mom, which became the largest elder care service in the United States and purchased by private equity giant Warburg Pincus.

Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada Brewery, the nation's 6th largest brewery and powerhouse leader in green technology implementation.

Christian Friedland, founder of, the nation's largest online only home improvement retailer started in 2000 as a college project at Chico State University.

Victor Hwang venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author of the groundbreaking book "The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley" that proposes a radical new theory to explain the nature of innovation ecosystems: human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output, which they call Rainforests.

Press Inquiries: | tel: 530-554-2279, 530-898-9009

For ulterior info and/or requests of high or low res portraits and images of Jury Panel members or Finalists, send press inquiries to

Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge
The Finalists
CleanTech & Environmental
Glide Cruisers Folsom CA
Signa Chemistry Davis CA
Polder Chico CA
Green Home Realty Pro Grass Valley CA
Exhergy Napa CA
GreenTraks Yuba City CA
New Age Hygienic Systems Redondo Beach CA
Safepath Products Chico CA
Sierra Energy W. Sacramento CA
Health Care & Medical
Clinical Integrated Systems Inc Grass Valley CA
EaseCushion Paradise CA
NCP Inc. Susanville CA
Chico Medical Solutions Chico CA
Nuritas Davis CA
Trevair Carson City NV
Forward Solutions Chico CA
Manufacturing/High Tech and Consumer Goods
Back at Ya Paradise CA
ExpressionEase Penn Valley CA
Cup Holder to Keep Cold Paradise CA
Sustainable Ag/Food
AquaCents Fresno CA
Gilmore Foods Rocklin CA
Gluten-free microbrewery Chico CA
AAG Biotics, LLC Chico CA
Bayliss Botanicals Biggs CA
Web & IT
DoesNot Sebastapol CA
FireWhat Dunsmuir CA
FlixChip Chico CA
HomeZada El Dorado Hills CA
iDoTechnology Santa Rosa CA
Isnapsocial Sacramento CA
JobEscrow Monterey CA
MAP Edu LLC Auburn AL
Property Pal Chico CA
SargesList Seattle WA
ITWorks/IntelliWeather Chico CA
SmartPay Reno NV
NonProfitEasy Rohnert Park CA
Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge
The Judges
Alex Kurosawa Start-UP 101 Ventures
Allison Carlson Garten Rothkopf, LLC
Andy Donner Physic Ventures
Andy Hargadan UC Davis
Arif Lakhani Silver Lake Ventures
Bob Bozeman Eastlake Ventures
Brian Frenzel Band of Angels
Bruce Balfour Sandia National Labs
Daniel Moznett Bringing it Home
Dave Gonsiorski Flextronics
Dave Sanders Sacramento Angels
David Nicholson USDA ATIP Program
Denise Gitsham Sapphire Energy
Eric Tao CSU Monterey Bay
Gerd Goette Siemens Venture Capital
Gil Alvarado Sierra Health Foundation
Gour Choudhury Cal Poly
Jacob Jorgensen Velocity Venture Capital
Jason Caulkins Dataram
Jeff Lobosky North State Neurosurgical Associates
Jennifer Fox CSU, Chico College of Ag
Jim Schraith DFJ Frontier
Joel Gragg Huntington Capital
Kim McNicholas Forbes and Pando Daily
Leslie Horton etime solutions
Lon Hatamiya Hatamiya Group
Mark Anderson Sacramento Business Journal
Mark Perutz DBL Investors
Pam Marrone Marrone Bio Innovations
Peter Gardner Wavepoint Ventures
Peter Craddock Shoreline Ventures
Richard Anderson TGH Aviation
Rick Bess PreBeta
Rob White iGate
Robert Eyler Sonoma State University
Ron Tackett USDA Rural Development
Steve Mills DCA Capital
Daniella Malfitano Professional Chef and TV Host
Randy Hutchison FindnSave
Doug Kilponent FindnSave
Peter Strauss CSU Chico
Christine Mac Shane Artist and Media Personality
Israel Dominguez Cuesta College

Contact Information