Three local companies received awards today from the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization.

In September 2009, 25 companies applied to compete, and eight were selected to submit full plans in the EPIIC’s Business Revitalization and Innovation Competition.

Students at UCCS, where the El Pomar Institute is located, helped the businesses develop plans to revitalize an existing product or service, or to expand operations or offerings.

Today at Peak Venture Group’s breakfast meeting at the Garden of the Gods’ Club, EPIIC’s three faculty chairs – Michael Larson, Terry Boult and Tom Duening – presented the awards to the companies.

Aspire Biotech, in first place, received $15,000.
Hon-Ac Auto,  in second place, received $10,000.
Access 2 Sign Language, in third place, received $5,000.

For more information, visit the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization’s website.

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