Pipeline chooses judges for 'innovator of the year' awards

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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

Pipeline, the entrepreneur-building community in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, named three judges for its "innovator of the year" awards on Jan. 23.

They will choose the top innovator from Pipeline's 2013 class of fellows.

Last year's top innovator was Ben Vu of Omaha, co-founder and CEO of SkyVu, a transmedia entertainment company.

The judges will be:

Rahul Sood of Seattle, general manager of Microsoft Ventures and creator of the Bing Fund.

Amos Winbush III of New York City, CEO of CyberSynchs, a universal data transfer and synchronization company.

Dan Janiak of La Jolla, Calif., an associate with the Mercury Fund and formerly an associate with In-Q-Tel, the strategic venture investment arm of the U.S. intelligence community.

This year's Pipeline fellows from Nebraska:

Ben Blecha of Benkelman, owner of Ace Ortho Solutions, which develops and manufactures braces for dogs with injuries; Leandro Castro of Omaha, co-founder of MultiMech R&D, which develops software to help engineers find materials for their designs; Paul Jarrett of Lincoln, co-founder of Bulu Box, a subscription service for vitamins and supplements; Matt Medlock of Omaha, CEO of PaySAFE, which sets up escrow-like financial accounts; and Rob Rhodes of Lincoln, CEO of InjuReplay, an online source of information about injuries and recovery.

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