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.
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