SOURCE: Utah Student 25

Utah Student 25

March 01, 2012 23:30 ET

Utah Student 25 Names Top Student Entrepreneurs of 2012

React Games, Founded by BYU Students, Ranks #1 in State-Wide Competition of Student Entrepreneurs

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - The Utah Student 25 today announced the 2012 winners, representing the best and the brightest student entrepreneurs from colleges and universities across the state of Utah. In its third year, the Utah Student 25 recognizes the achievements of student entrepreneurs, the innovative companies they founded and their contribution to the Utah economy. React Games, a digital game development company founded by BYU students, was honored as the top student-founded business in Utah at an awards gala held today at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

"The amount of talent, business acumen and pure energy coming from the students who participated in this year's Utah Student 25 program is nothing short of amazing," said John Richards, founder of the Utah Student 25. "Some of the students founded companies out of financial necessity, and some are following a dream. But all of them are achieving a level of success that in many ways that outstrips their limited years of experience."

The Utah Student 25 selects winning businesses based on revenue growth and profitability. The following are the 2012 Utah Student Top 25, ranked in order:

1. React Games, LLC
Brad Moss, Chad Lee, James Oldham: Brigham Young University

2. Fix A Phone, LLC
Craig Anderson, Jacob Williams, Quinn Zite: University of Utah

3. Epic Profit Group, LLC
Zach Smith, Josh Nyland: Weber State University

4. Uptown Cheapskate, LLC
Chelsea Elan Sloan, Scott Romney Sloan: University of Utah

5. Dakine Auto, LLC
Lance Wakefield: Brigham Young University

6. The Awful Waffle, LLC
Lance Wakefield, Ashley Wakefield: Brigham Young University

7. Vital Foods, LLC
Eric Thomas, Joseph Ruff: Brigham Young University

8. COALITION, LLC
Devereaux Smith, Luke Beachley, Samuel Johnsen: Utah Valley University

9. Monolith Management
Chris Kilbourn: Westminster College

10. Solase Massage and Oxygen Bar, LLC
Terry Sharp, Christina Sharp, Kendrick Hair, Christy Hair, Jeff Bramble, Rebecca Bramble: Brigham Young University

11. Printing Jay, LLC
Jeff O'Bryant: Brigham Young University

12. Knudra
Christopher E. Hopkins, Lisa Ogden, Trisha Brock: Westminster College

13. Utah Valley Lawn Care
Tyler D. Babb: Utah Valley University

14. Alpine Window Washing, LLC
Joshua Oaks, Austin Andreason: Brigham Young University

15. The Gluten Free Consumer
Rodney Fife, Chaton Fife, Celeste Fife: Utah Valley University

16. Research Accelerator
Gary Jense, Travis Corrigan: University of Utah

17. SEOqueue, LLC
Jason Hermann: Brigham Young University

18. Exceptional Accounting Services, LLC
Anthony Castro: Brigham Young University

19. Kisstixx, LLC
Dallas Robinson, Mike Buonomo: Utah Valley University

20. Corporate Movement
Jordan Avner: Weber St. University

21. Nice Guys Lending Services, Inc.
Jason Wilde, Ron Wilde: Brigham Young University

22. Muse Music Cafe
Colin Hatch, Justin Hyatt: Brigham Young University

23. Evolo Race Events
Spencer Storey: Weber State University

24. Prime Infographics
Parker Boyack: Brigham Young University

25. Premium Landscape, LLC
Weston Thayne: Weber State University

The following were recognized as Utah Student Emerging Companies, which are defined as stellar companies with less than one year in operation.

  • AppVantage
    Michael Nielsen, Brady Anderson, Barima Kwarteng: Brigham Young University

  • iQue Repair, LLC
    KC Kelly, Morgan McKell, Vinny DiGirolamo: Salt Lake Community College

  • Politic It, LLC
    Britney Johnson, John Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Josh Light, Shai McDonald, Sterling Morris: Utah State University

  • Torq Development Company
    Jim Jackson, Levi Chase: Westminster College

"The 2012 Utah Student 25 and Emerging Companies had a significant impact on the Utah economy," Richards added, "In fact, the aggregate 2011 revenues for the 29 companies being honored were almost exactly $6 million."

The Utah Student 25 is sponsored by the following:

Platinum: BTJD, Grant Thornton, the Pestana Family
Gold: Cornerstone, the Academy for Creating Enterprise, Springboard5, Utah Business Magazine, Wells Fargo
Silver: Bateman IP, Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Corporate Movement

About Utah Student 25
The Utah Student 25 awards program recognizes the top student-founded businesses in Utah, encouraging growth and interaction with Utah's renowned entrepreneurial community. Utah Student 25 is the premiere statewide competition that recognizes successful operating businesses and their execution while their founders attend school. Find more information at www.utahstudent25.com

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