Finalists Named by TCC StartUp Cup

2014 Business Model Competition Adds Fan Favorite Element

Tulsa Community College names the seven finalists in the 2014 TCC StartUp Cup business model competition. The competition is powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation with the first place winner receiving $30,000; second place $5,000; and third place $2,500.

These seven entrepreneurs advance to the final round of competition. A panel of judges selected six finalists after scoring each startup’s business model and hearing a five-minute pitch from the entrepreneur followed by a question and answer session. The public selected the seventh finalist by voting for the 2014 Fan Favorite.

Bike Barn is a mobile, multi-unit bicycle locker service that can be placed at companies, restaurant districts, or large community events to provide safe storage places for those who prefer pedal power as their form of transportation.

FenceTrac Fence Systems, Inc. is the creator of a new picket fence design that simplifies picket installation and creates a low maintenance privacy fence that resists warping.

J. Vogt Designs is the creator of the Fuseman Safety Stick, a patent-pending tool designed to safely remove and replace plug fuses in old style fuse panels.

Nourish Drink Café makes superfood smoothies that are hand-crafted and blended from only plant based, whole food products for a nutritious on-the-go drink without any added sugars, yogurts or ice cream.

OP Left, LLC is a veteran-owned company that makes specialty, precision-cut acrylic measurement tools for use on U.S. and NATO military maps not currently available in the field.

Smart Panel LLC produces a home energy management product which is mounted on a circuit breaker of homes and small commercial buildings and can be managed by a smartphone app to monitor electricity consumption and turn off/on rooms or devices in the home.

2014 Fan Favorite

Peritus Resource Group is the developer of ARsite, a patent-pending system that tracks people, machines and equipment in 3D space in real time and can act as a safety monitor and notification system.

“We continue to be amazed at the creativity and drive of these entrepreneurs. These startups are diverse in industry and business model which makes for an interesting competition,” said Autumn Worten, TCC StartUp Cup chair. “This has been an exciting year with the new interactive Fan Favorite element, added networking and coaching opportunities and a shorter competition window.”

The finalists will advance to the next round of judging and meet one-on-one with coaches before pitching their business models and products to a panel of judges on Nov. 6. The 2014 TCC StartUp Cup winner will be announced Nov. 18 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

In addition to streamlining the 2014 competition, the TCC StartUp Cup added a networking and coaching event open to all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year’s competition. The participants were given one-on-one time with established and successful entrepreneurs to ask questions and get advice with the goal to connect participants to other entrepreneurs.

The TCC StartUp Cup supports entrepreneurial growth, expands business and community connections, and maximizes promotional opportunities both locally and nationally. A study released in June shows the business model competition and the participants have had a significant economic impact, creating 300 full-time jobs and 2,000 part-time or contract positions and adding more than $85.1 million to the Tulsa economy. The TCC StartUp Cup is based on a coaching and mentoring structure which former participants say is one of the most valuable aspects of the business model competition.

For more information on the award, visit www.tcc.startupcup.com.

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12 Semi-Finalists Named by TCC StartUp Cup

Tulsa Community College names the 12 semi-finalists in the 2014 TCC StartUp Cup business model competition. The competition is powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation with the first place winner receiving $30,000, second place, $5,000 and third place, $2,500.

This year’s competition has been streamlined to a five-month competition window but still features mentoring and coaching from area business leaders as a key component of the process. The 2014 competition added a networking and coaching event open to all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year’s competition. A number of the entrepreneurs found it helpful to be connected to other entrepreneurs.

“The contestants had the opportunity to learn from Tulsa’s most successful entrepreneurs while the coaches were able to pay it forward with their knowledge and expertise. We added this event to the competition to ensure everyone who submitted their business model had access to mentoring and coaching,” said Autumn Worten, TCC StartUp Cup chair.

The 12 semi-finalists will advance to the next round and meet one-on-one with coaches before pitching their business model and product to a panel of judges on Sept. 25.

Bike Barn is a mobile, multi-unit bicycle locker service that can be placed at companies, restaurant districts, or large community events to provide safe storage places for those who prefer pedal power as their form of transportation.

Cook Time with Remmi is a health-based cooking show for kids and is a creative way to address the childhood obesity issue by linking the skill of cooking to improved nutrition.

FenceTrac Fence Systems, Inc. is the creator of a new picket fence design that simplifies picket installation and creates a low maintenance privacy fence that resists warping.

Find Me Tornado Safety is an app for smartphones that utilizes GPS software to locate a subscriber in need of assistance following a tornado.

GreenFoot Energy is the designer of a solar powered micro exhaust fan with battery back-up and motion sensitive LED light to be mounted or retrofitted to portable buildings.

idefi Group, LLC is an online marketing platform providing musicians with opportunities to promote their music via competitions aimed at generating fan support through viral marketing campaigns created by brands and ad agencies.

J. Vogt Designs is the creator of the Fuseman Safety Stick, a patent-pending tool designed to safely remove and replace plug fuses in old style fuse panels.

Mobius Enterprises, LLC is the creator of the Proteus Ball, a new fitness product designed to accommodate everyone from the professional athlete to the average person looking to increase core strength and balance with one simple solution.

Nourish Drink Café makes superfood smoothies that are hand-crafted and blended from only plant based, whole food products for a nutritious on-the-go drink without any added sugars, yogurts or ice cream.

OP Left, LLC is a veteran-owned company that makes specialty, precision-cut acrylic measurement tools for use on U.S. and NATO military maps not currently available in the field.

Peritus Resource Group is the developer of ARsite, a patent-pending system that tracks people, machines and equipment in 3D space in real time and can act as a safety monitor and notification system.

Smart Panel LLC produces a home energy management product which is mounted on a circuit breaker of homes and small commercial buildings and can be managed by a smartphone app to monitor electricity consumption and turn off/on rooms or devices in the home.

The finalists will be announced Sept. 30 and will complete a final round of coaching before pitching before judges on Nov. 6. The 2014 TCC StartUp Cup winner will be announced on Nov. 18 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The TCC StartUp Cup is designed to support entrepreneurial growth, expand business and community connections, and maximize promotional opportunities both locally and nationally. A study released earlier this summer shows the business model competition and the participants have a significant economic impact creating 300 full-time jobs and 2,000 part-time or contract positions and adding more than $85.1 million to the Tulsa economy. The TCC StartUp Cup is based on a coaching and mentoring structure. Former participants says it is one of the most valuable aspects of the business model competition with 70 percent of TCC StartUp Cup finalists still in operation compared to the national average of 25 percent.

For more information on the award, visit www.tcc.startupcup.com.

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Study Shows TCC StartUp Cup Generates Jobs & Economic Growth

A report released today by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup shows the StartUp Cup competition for entrepreneurs has had a significant economic impact creating 300 full-time jobs and 2,000 part-time or contract positions and adding more than $85.1 million to the Tulsa economy.

“Local entrepreneurship is important to the success of Tulsa’s economy with entrepreneur and small-business ventures accounting for 82 percent of our business community,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Executive Director. “This report illustrates the success entrepreneurs can have when they are coached and mentored through the TCC StartUp Cup by successful entrepreneurs.”

Since the competition began in 2007 as the Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award under then Mayor Kathy Taylor, $254,000 has been awarded to entrepreneurs with a follow-on investment of $11.6 million which means for every $1 invested there has been an additional $45 dollars invested in the startups. The TCC StartUp Cup is designed to support entrepreneurial growth, expand business and community connections, and maximize promotional opportunities both locally and nationally. The newly released report shows 70 percent of TCC StartUp Cup finalists are still in operation compared to the national average of 25 percent.

“The partnership between the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and TCC StartUp Cup is about helping entrepreneurs thrive and grow so jobs and dollars are added to the economy,” said Dr. Brett Campbell, TCC Southeast Campus Provost who leads entrepreneurial initiatives at the college. “One of the most valuable aspects of this business model competition, based on feedback from the participants themselves, is the coaching and mentoring offered to entrepreneurs during the process.”

The Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup promises new features and added benefits in the 2014 competition based on feedback from prior competitors. The business model competition, powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, features a streamlined five-month competition window. While coaching and mentoring are still key features of the competition, TCC StartUp Cup officials shortened the time between rounds with the judges and eliminated one round of the competition. The 2014 competition begins by narrowing the field of applicants to the top 12 entrepreneurs. The top 12 will pitch their business model and product to a panel of judges who will select the final six. The top prize winner will be announced on Nov. 18 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The TCC StartUp Cup and Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation will present the first place winner with $30,000; second place, $5,000 and third place, $2,500.

The 2014 competition started with a kickoff event June 24 at Foolish Things Coffee Company, 1001 S. Main Street. A new feature of the kickoff was a three-minute pitch competition with the winner receiving a $500 prize. The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation sponsored the pitch prize as well as the nearly $38,000 in prize money given to the top three finishers in the TCC StartUp Cup.

Entrepreneurs may enter their business models into the competition beginning June 24.  Applications will be accepted at tcc.startupcup.com through July 14.   Interested startups can view the official rules on the website to determine their eligibility and learn what’s involved to become the next winner of the TCC StartUp Cup.

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2013 TCC StartUpCup Winner Announced

CleanNG Wins 2013 TCC StartUp Cup Competition and $30,000 Prize

CleanNG, LLC, the inventor and manufacturer of the MagnumCel, claimed the top prize in the 2013 Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup competition powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

CleanNG was founded by Michael Tate, Aaron Laney and Matt Villarreal while the three were students at Oklahoma State University.  CleanNG is located in Tulsa with a focus on manufacturing and marketing next generation fuel storage and delivery systems for natural gas vehicles (NGVs).  CleanNG developed the MagnumCel, a liner-less composite fuel storage system for natural gas vehicles.  It can also store a variety of other gases including helium, hydrogen, and oxygen.  The MagnumCel is lighter than similar products on the market and allows fuel to be stored at a higher pressure compared to the current standard and achieves 30 percent more fuel capacity.  CleanNG won $30,000 as the first place winner.

The second place winners were Adam Teague and Tim Paslay of Two Guys Bow Ties, for their start-up company that makes unique men’s clothing accessories in the Tulsa metro area.  Two Guys Bow Ties has reinvented the classic bow tie starting with hand crafted wooden bow ties made from a variety of exotic hardwoods and expanded its products to include hand painted and wooden inlaid bow ties.  During the TCC StartUp Cup competition, Two Guys Bow Ties launched a new product called wooden lapel flowers and the team is currently developing additional products.  Two Guys Bow Ties won $5,000 for their second place finish in the business model competition.

Andrew Jenkins and Clint Donaldson of IcyBreeze, LLC came in third place with a modern multi-use portable cooler and air conditioner that keeps beverages and people cool.  The cooler is portable and operates by battery so it can be used for camping trips or on the sidelines of sporting events in the summer heat.  The cooler can also be plugged into an a/c outlet or car charger.  Icy Breeze will receive $2,500.

“We saw tremendous diversity with the entrepreneurs and their innovative business ideas during the 2013 TCC StartUp Cup,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and sponsor of the competition. “This competition is about moving the Tulsa community forward and accelerating growth of new companies.  Each of this year’s top six finalists has a product that will contribute to economic development and growth of Tulsa.”

The 2013 TCC StartUp Cup awards ceremony took place at the TCC Center of Creativity at Metro Campus on Nov. 19 during Global Entrepreneurship Week activities.  This marks the second year for the partnership between TCC and Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

“Tulsa Community College has supported the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses through its traditional academic program offerings since its founding in 1970,” said TCC President Thomas McKeon.  “TCC has become a hub for entrepreneurial activity in Tulsa with a commitment to broaden Tulsa’s economic base and add jobs to Tulsa’s marketplace through this business model competition and a program called Launch: Your Entrepreneurial Journey that helps local entrepreneurs take their ideas to market.”

The Spirit of Innovation Award was awarded to Carolina Food Company, a finalist in the TCC StartUp Cup competition.  Carolina Food Company makes Toasted Wine Fruit Spreads.  The product is made with natural ingredients including real fruit and real wine where the alcohol is cooked out of the wine leaving the flavor.

The Spirit of Innovation Award is a $2,000 prize given to a competitor that best exemplifies the spirit of an entrepreneur through innovation, the ability to adapt, passion and grit.

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.

For more information on the award, visit www.tcc.startupcup.com.

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Top 6 Finalists Named for 2013 TCC StartUp Cup

Top 6 Finalists Named for 2013 TCC StartUp Cup

Tulsa Community College today announced the Top Six in the 2013 TCC StartUp Cup business model competition.  The six entrepreneurs selected advance to the final round with a wide range of products including a portable air conditioner/cooler, a home energy management system, an invention for CNG vehicles, and products for fashion, food, and family entertainment.

The TCC StartUp Cup, powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, is a seven-month competition that awards local entrepreneurs who develop and pitch the best business model.  The competition started in May with a record number of entries that has now been narrowed to the Top Six.  The entrepreneurs, listed below, will meet with area business leaders in a second round of coaching before pitching a final time to the judges on Nov. 7.

  • Bright Tot provides a subscription service that sends boxes full of fun, developmentally appropriate activities to families every month.
  • Carolina Food Company, LLC is the maker of Toasted Wine Fruit Spreads, a patent pending recipe for a wine and fruit based fruit spread.
  • CleanNG, LLC is the inventor and manufacturer of the MagmaCel, an advanced fuel storage system for natural gas vehicles which can also store a variety of other gasses including helium, hydrogen, and oxygen.
  • IcyBreeze, LLC is a modern multi-use portable cooler and air conditioner single unit that simultaneously keeps beverages and people chilled.
  • Smart Panel produces a home energy management product which is mounted on the circuit breaker of homes and small commercial buildings.  The tool includes wireless technology that allows remote monitoring of energy consumption and provides for the immediate or scheduled control of circuits.
  • Two Guys Bow Ties makes unique men’s clothing accessories including wooden bow ties, available in a variety of exotic hardwoods.  Additional accessories are in development.

“The variation in the types of businesses that made it to the final round of the competition is exciting,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, TCC StartUp Cup chair and executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.  “To me, the wide variation really speaks to the breadth of entrepreneurial excellence in our city, but it will make judging all the more difficult in the final round.”

The TCC StartUp Cup Awards Ceremony will be held Nov. 19 at the Center for Creativity (9th and Boston) at TCC’s Metro Campus during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The TCC StartUp Cup first place winner receives $30,000, second place, $5,000 and third place, $2,500.

The TCC StartUp Cup is designed to support entrepreneurial growth, expand business and community connections, and maximize promotional opportunities both locally and nationally.  For more information on the award, visit www.tcc.startupcup.com.

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12 Semi-Finalists Named by TCC StartUp Cup

Tulsa Community College names the 12 Semi-Finalists in the 2013 TCC StartUp Cup business model competition.  The competition is powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation with the first place winner receiving $30,000, second place, $5,000 and third place, $2,500. 

The TCC StartUp Cup competition takes place during a seven-month process and involves a series of events that provide judging, mentoring and coaching from area business leaders and experts to the entrepreneurs. 

The 12 business start-ups were selected following a product pitch and interview with a panel of judges and narrowed from a record number of applications for the business model competition. 

Bright Tot provides a subscription service that sends themed boxes full of fun, developmentally appropriate activities to families every month. 

Carolina Food Company, LLC is the maker of Toasted Wine Fruit Spreads, a patent pending recipe for a wine and fruit based spread using real fruit and real wine. 

CleanNG, LLC is the inventor and manufacturer of the MagmaCel, an advanced fuel storage system for natural gas vehicles and creates more storage space while reducing the weight compared to other storage tanks.  In addition, the MagmaCel can store a variety of gasses including helium, hydrogen and oxygen. 

CNG Oklahoma, LLC sells used CNG dedicated and biofueled vehicles in a retail setting and converts and services automobiles and trucks to CNG with state-certified specialists. 

IcyBreeze, LLC is the creator of a modern multi-use portable cooler and air conditioner single unit that simultaneously keeps beverages and people chilled. 

idefi Group, LLC allows independent artists to build a free profile on idefi.com through which they can sell their music and merchandise; stream live concerts and events; build and communicate with their fan base; and access and update their social media profiles.  

Level Load Industries is the inventor of an electronic device that indicates to a forklift operator whether the forks are level or not, before engaging or disengaging a load. 

New Healthy Lifestyle, LLC is the maker of Body Barz, the only grain-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, high protein, low-carb, non-GMO product available and is made with no preservatives, additives, or artificial sweeteners. 

Reach Clothing, LLC is a clothing company selling products under a ‘buy one, give one’ business model where for every item purchased – there is an item donated to a child in need in the United States. 

SayAh, LLC is the developer of a real-time customizable satisfaction survey tool with point of service collection using tablet (iPad or similar) or any other Apple/Android/Internet capable device. 

Smart Panel produces a home energy management product which is mounted on the circuit breaker of homes and small commercial buildings.  The tool includes wireless technology that allows remote monitoring of energy consumption and provides for the immediate or scheduled control of circuits. 

Two Guys Bow Ties makes unique men’s clothing accessories including wooden bow ties, available in a variety of exotic hardwoods.  Additional accessories are in development. 

The 2013 12 Semi-Finalists move into the mentoring phase of the competition and will work with coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help the entrepreneurs polish their business models and pitch techniques before competing in the next round where the Final Six are selected.  The winner will be named on Nov. 19 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. 

The TCC StartUp Cup is designed to support entrepreneurial growth, expand business and community connections, and maximize promotional opportunities both locally and nationally.

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Top 24 Entrepreneurs Named by TCC StartUp Cup

Tulsa Community College saw a record number of applications for the 2013 TCC StartUp Cup and the list of business start-ups has been narrowed to the Top 24.  Those entrepreneurs now move to the next round of the business model competition and a shot at the $30,000 top prize.

“Through this competition, TCC is committed to creating and building a strong workforce and supporting entrepreneurs is one of the fastest ways to grow Tulsa’s economy,” TCC President Tom McKeon said.  “The TCC StartUp Cup is designed to inspire entrepreneurial growth and expand business and community connections.”

The Top 24 are:  1.0 Innovations LLC; Bailey Built It; Breadcrumbs; Bright Tot; BUILDYOURGARDEN, LLC; Carolina Food Company, LLC; CleanNG, LLC; CNG Oklahoma, LLC; Hero Factor Games, LLC; IcyBreeze, LLC; idefi Group, LLC; identribute.com; Level Load Industries; morrisheatandair.com; MotionHealth Technologies, Inc.; New Healthy Lifestyle, LLC; PT Zoom; Reach Clothing, LLC; Sayah, LLC; Smart Moving  Box; Smart Panel; Spike Ranch, LLC; StevieToons, LLC; Two Guys Bow Ties.

Each TCC StartUp Cup competition takes place over a seven-month period and involves a series of events that provide judging, mentoring and coaching from area business leaders and experts to the entrepreneurs.

The TCC StartUp Cup is powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.  “We are so excited to help guide these individuals into real world companies through the coaching and mentoring process that will take place in the following weeks,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

The Top 24 entrepreneurs move to the next round where they will present a three-minute pitch to judges.  The judges will then select 12 Semi-Finalists who move into the mentoring phase.  Those 12 participants will work with coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help the entrepreneurs polish their business models and pitch techniques before competing in the next round where the Final Six are selected.  The winner will be named on Nov. 19 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The first place winner will receive $30,000, second place, $5,000 and third place, $2,500.
 

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2012 Top award winners announced

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.

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