Motorcycle tracking startup goes to business plan competition finals

Publish Date: 
Dec 14, 2010

A company that makes motorcycle detection and notification systems similar to OnStar for cars is a finalist in a Las Vegas business plan competition.

Rebel Technologies Associates made the final 10 in a field of 36 entrants in the 2011 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition.

The contest is a joint venture between the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' College of Business and the Las Vegas Business Press. It’s open to any aspiring entrepreneur with a legitimate idea for a business who could create a plan to do it. Entries were accepted from Sept. 6 through Oct. 22.

A group of five graduate management information systems majors and master's of business administration students created a business plan focused on the system. The product notifies call center operators via satellite if a motorcycle takes a high-speed turn abruptly to one side, according to the <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.lvbusinesspress.com/articles/2010/12/13/news/iq_40461017.txt" href="http://www.lvbusinesspress.com/articles/2010/12/13/news/iq_40461017.txt" "="" target="_blank">Business Press. Jerome Mandel, Shehan Peries, Adam Peterson, Nicoleta Cornea and Adam Jackson, gpt feedback from investor group the Vegas Valley Angels that Mandel says was invaluable.

"They were really a step above anything I've seen out of the southern part of the state," William Botts, chairman and treasurer of Vegas Valley Angels, told the newspaper. Judges for the competition included business owners, venture capitalists and faculty from UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada.

Half of the semifinalists will reach the finals Jan. 7. A final plan will be chosen the winner Jan. 21, winning more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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