The Department of Business and Industry will host the fifth annual Governor’s Conference on Business on September 30th at the Rio Hotel and Casino. The event will feature a business pitch competition where ten finalists have been selected to pitch their company’s product or service to a panel of judges.

Each of the finalists will have two minutes to make their pitch, followed by a three minute Q&A session with the judges. After the judges’ scorecards are tallied and the audience casts a vote for their favorite pitch, the first and second place, and people’s choice winners will be announced at the conference luncheon.

The winning competitors will take home awards from a pool of cash and services totaling $23,500 thanks to the generosity of pitch competition sponsors AT&T, Microsoft and Vast: Powered by the CFO Group.

The finalists that were selected to compete at the Business Pitch Competition at the Governor’s Conference on Business include:

Northern Nevada

  • Brain2Bot, Inc. (Reno)- builder of artificial intelligence toys

Southern Nevada

  • thinkLaw (Las Vegas)- educational program that helps educators teach critical thinking
  • CDL Focus (Las Vegas)- alternative licensing for commercial motor vehicle operators
  • Chefery LLC (Henderson)- home and office deliver of fresh, high quality meals
  • Falcon Nano Inc. (North Las Vegas)- proprietary transceiver chips for wireless systems and services
  • Frameless LLC (Las Vegas)- frameless system for easily hanging stuff on your walls
  • Healthbyte LLC (Henderson)- digital health and education services to low-income areas
  • LRT Sunshield Sunscreen 3000 LLC (Las Vegas)- an automated front windshield sunscreen
  • Remmedy (North Las Vegas)- reinventing the everyday water bottle
  • Valley Communications Association, Inc. (Pahrump)- broadband service for rural Nevada

What is thinkLaw?

We know that critical thinking is hard to teach, but it remains one of the most important 21st century skills. New tests require students to apply critical thinking to challenging questions. But critical thinking is still a luxury good: less than 1 of 10 educators teach it and that educator is often at an elite school or only teaches critical thinking to elite students.

thinkLaw closes this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking to ALL students through 25 engaging, Common Core-aligned lessons based on real-life legal cases. These cases tap into students’ inherent sense of justice and fairness and empower students to do the heavy lifting through critical thinking tasks usually reserved for law students. thinkLaw’s comprehensive program includes teacher guides and tools to allow them to deliver lessons with under 20 minutes of prep time, student workbooks, and 3 sessions of virtual coaching.

thinkLaw is on a mission to have its program implemented in 200 schools by the end of 2016.

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