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.

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

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.

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

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.

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

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.

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

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.
 

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

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.

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

The 12 Semi-finalists! – 2012

Congratulations to the 12 semi-finalists!

1.  4D Sales

2.  Cheerful Athletics

3.  Construct Interactive

4.  Eloise and Holly, Inc

5.  EZ Line Spool Dispenser, LLC

6.  Home Oxygen Reel

7.  idefi Group, LLC

8.  Native Geothermal

9.  SERA

10.  The Galley Sink

11.  Ultimate Connect Solutions, Inc.

12.  Wodoggy Signs

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

TCC StartUp Cup narrowed down to top 25 local entrepreneurs – 2012

By LAURIE WINSLOW
World Staff Writer
Published:  6/6/2012  2:14 AM
Last Modified:  6/6/2012  2:43 AM

Business ideas from 25 entrepreneurs have been selected to advance to the next round of an annual competition and vie for a top prize of $30,000.

The top 25 entrants in the TCC StartUp Cup Powered by Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation are: 4 Rainmakers LLC, Aqua Oasis Farms, Cams Grocery, Cheerful Athletics, Construct Interactive, Eloise and Holly, EZ Line Spool Dispenser, Hipperbib, Home Oxygen Reel, idefi Group LLC, InTown, MaxTradeForce, Micro Match Tulsa, Native Geothermal, Raw Intentions, RopeAir, Sapphire Equine Therapy, SERA, Splash Mathematician Buckets, Strada Bianche Design, The Expert TA, The Galley Sink, Ultimate Connect Solutions and Wodoggy Signs.

The competition, in its sixth year, provides awards to local entrepreneurs who develop and pitch the best business model.

Entrants go through a series of events over a seven-month period that provides judging and mentoring.

The top 25 were selected from 76 entries submitted between April 10 and May 14.

“These are Tulsa’s best potential new businesses, and we are excited to guide them into real world companies,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and main organizer of the competition, in a written statement. “Although there will be only three cash prize winners, all of these contestants will get top-quality advice and feedback from their coaches and judges over the next several weeks.”

The TCC StartUp Cup is sponsored by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, which has become the exclusive sponsor and over the next five years will invest $187,000 in the competition.

The top 25 entrepreneurs now will prepare to present a seven-minute pitch to judges, who will then narrow the field to 12 semifinalists, who will be notified July 5.

Winners will be honored Nov. 13 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.


Key dates

Important dates for the TCC StartUp Cup Powered by Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

July 5: Top 12 notified

Sept. 4: Top seven notified

Nov. 13: Winners announced

Prizes
First place: $30,000

Second place: $5,000

Third place: $2,500.

More information at tulsaworld.com/startupcup

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Top 25 Entrepreneurs Named by TCC StartUp CUP Competition – 2012

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lauren Brookey
Vice President for External Affairs
Office: 918.595.7977
Cell: 918.810.8587

(Tulsa, OK – June 6, 2012) The top 25 entrepreneurs and their business ideas have been selected to advance to the next round of the TCC StartUp Cup powered by Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. Their business models will be competing for a top prize of $30,000 in startup money.

“These are Tulsa’s best potential new businesses, and we are excited to guide them into real world companies,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and main organizer of the competition. “Although there will be only three cash prize winners, all of these contestants will get top-quality advice and feedback from their coaches and judges over the next several weeks.”

The Top 25 finalists are: 4 Rainmakers LLC, Aqua Oasis Farms, Cams Grocery, Cheerful Athletics, Construct Interactive, Eloise and Holly, EZ Line Spool Dispenser, Hipperbib, Home Oxygen Reel, idefi Group LLC, InTown, MaxTradeForce, Micro Match Tulsa, Native Geothermal, Raw Intentions, RopeAir, Sapphire Equine Therapy, SERA, Splash Mathematician Buckets, Strada Bianche Design, The Expert TA, The Galley Sink, Ultimate Connect Solutions, Wodoggy Signs and an additional product to be named by its entrants.

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 top 25 entrepreneurs will present seven-minute pitch to judges, who will identify the Top 12 and advance them to the semi-final round. The 12 semi-finalists will then work with coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help the entrepreneurs polish their business models and pitching techniques before competing in the next round.

The competition will then be narrowed to seven finalists, who will compete for the top prize awarded Nov. 13 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The first place winner will receive $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 tcc.startupcup.com.

###

 

About TCC

TCC is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the nation and ranks 24th in the number of graduates. Serving 27,000 students annually in credit courses, TCC is the state’s largest two-year college with four campuses in the Tulsa area. For more information on TCC, go to www.tulsacc.edu.

 

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

The Top 25! – 2012

Congratulations to the top 25!

1.  4 Rainmakers, LLC

2.  Aqua Oasis Farms

3.  Cams Grocery

4.  Cheerful Athletics

5.  Construct Interactive

6.  Eloise and Holly

7.  EZ Line Spool Dispenser

8.  Hipperbib

9.  Home Oxygen Reel

10.  idefi Group, LLC

11.  InTown

12.  MaxTradeForce

13.  Micro Match Tulsa

14.  Native Geothermal

15.  Raw Intentions

16.  RopeAir

17.  Sapphire Equine Therapy

18.  SERA

19.  Splash Mathematician Buckets

20.  Strada Bianche Design

21.  The Expert TA

22.  The Galley Sink

23.  Ultimate Connect Solutions

24.  Wodoggy Signs

25.  One additional product to be named by the entrants

Sharing

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail