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2020 UO Entrepreneurship Awards Go Virtual

Congratulations to the 2020 UO Entrepreneurship Award winners who can be found at this link. We will be updating this page shortly to highlight your achievements.

Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Product Design Department

The UO Entrepreneurship Awards provides a celebratory forum to recognize UO student entrepreneurs and the faculty, alumni and community members who helped them along the way. This annual luncheon event is held at the end of the academic year and includes a student startup trade show for guests to learn about the entrepreneurial ventures being developed across campus.

2019 UO Entrepreneurship Awards

Founder of the Year Award 

Trail Supply Co.

Spencer Holton

 A logistics supply company for thru hiking.


Startup of the Year Award and RAINmaker Grant Award


Adrian Martushev and Eli Ackerman

 A mobile app connecting students with tutors.


Outstanding Entrepreneurship Concentration Student of the Year Award

To Be Loved Events

Samantha Kin

 A wedding and event planning company serving the West Coast.


New Venture Award and RAINmaker Grant Award


Alex Mentzel and Harley Emery

 A crowd-sourced mapping app providing trusted information to users in conflict zones.


Community Mentor Award

Joe Maruschak



Community Mentor Award

Shane Johnson


Entrepreneurship Alumni & Community Partner Award 

Joe Hawes


Entrepreneurship Mentorship Award 

Bob and Bonnie Peterson


Innovative Curriculum of the Year Award 

Stacy and Michael Koehn

Design Entrepreneurship


RAINmaker Grant Award

Captain Soup

Brian Gaudette

 Paleo/Keto meals to go


RAINmaker Grant Award

Instigate Athletics

Aaron Taylor and Ezra Ende

 Custom fitted padding for the sport of lacrosse.


RAINmaker Grant Award


Sandeep Chandrasekhar and Kevin Hawkins

 E-scooter helmets for rent.


Innovative Class of the Year Award 

Tom Bonamici

Feast for Fifty


Innovative Club of the Year Award

Music Industry Collective


 An interdisciplinary club exploring the intersection of music, business and journalism.


“With Verizon’s resources and Skyward’s position as a thought leader in aerial robotics, they have the opportunity to change the course of history, If they continue to execute, Skyward could become one of the most important start-ups ever to be born at UO.”

Dr. Stephen McKeon, Associate Professor of Finance and CoFounder, Skyward

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Evans VP of Global Aviation Policy, Verizon & Cofounder, Skyward

Jonathan Evans is the vice president of global aviation policy and standards at Verizon. He was the founding CEO of Skyward, a leading drone operations management platform, which he founded in 2012 with University of Oregon finance professor Stephen McKeon and UO alumni Eric Ringer and Dana Maher. Skyward was acquired by Verizon in February of 2017 and is now leading the industry into an exciting new era of connected aircraft and networked aerial fleet deployments across all industrial categories. Evans was a professional aviator for 18 years, serving as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. Army, as well as a network administrator during a time when the Army was establishing its first secure networks for internet and email. As a civilian, he has continued to serve in the air as a LifeFlight medevac pilot and is a successful entrepreneur, technologist, and standard bearer for global interoperability as founding president of the Global UTM Association.