Roger Shollmier, founder of The Galley, LLC, has been awarded the top prize in the Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup powered by Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.
Shollmier will receive $30,000 to support his business venture. The Galley is a work station that consolidates kitchen work areas for food prep, cooking, and cleaning into one central location.
The second place winners were Mike Ishmael, Brian Carpenter and Doug Tatum of 4D Sales, for their iPad application designed for sales professionals to present products and solutions in an engaging, interactive, and visually appealing way. They will receive $5,000 for their business startup.
In third place was Paula Sloan for Cheerful Athletics. Sloan invented the Fly Right, a patented cheerleading training device that provides a safe method of practicing cheerleading stunts. Sloan will receive $2,500.
The winners were announced in an award ceremony Nov. 13 at the TCC Center for Creativity in downtown Tulsa.
“We are incredibly proud of the progress our finalists have made since entering the TCC StartUp Cup in May,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and sponsor of the competition. “Many of the participants this year started with an idea or prototype and were actually selling their product by the time they made their final pitch. Our finalists have the best new up-and-coming businesses in Tulsa, and we look forward to seeing them grow.”
In addition, Cheerful Athletics and Paula Sloan received the first-ever Spirit of Innovation Award and ad additional $2,000. The Spirit of Innovation Award is selected by William E. Lobeck, Jr., a long time entrepreneur in the automotive industry, and is given to the competitor that best exemplifies the spirit of an entrepreneur through innovation, the ability to adapt, passion and grit. The Spirit of Innovation Award will be given each year of the competition.
The TCC StartUp Cup awards local entrepreneurs who develop and pitch the best business model. Each TCC StartUp Cup competition takes place over a seven-month period, through a series of events that provide judging, mentoring and coaching to each entrant.
The TCC StartUp Cup is designed to support entrepreneurial growth, expand business and community connections, and maximize promotional opportunities both locally and nationally.