TULSA, Okla. – The wait is over for the nearly 100 Tulsa entrepreneurs who applied for the 4th Annual SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. The top 25 business models have been selected to move on to the next round of the competition with the hopes of winning $30,000 from SpiritBank and priceless advice from coaches and judges throughout the competition.
“We received a tremendous number of high quality submissions for the 2010 competition,” said Ted Cundiff, president of SpiritBank and Entrepreneurial Spirit Award chairman. “After reviewing the business proposals of many talented entrepreneurs, we’re excited to announce the advancing businesses and watch their journeys begin in our competition.”
The Top 25 finalists are: Architactile, Artisan Homes, Bugright, Cal-Tech, LLC, Convergence Learning Systems, LLC, Crossroads LED, LLC, Failsafe Hazmat Compliance, LLC, FCG Group, LLC, Feed Your Soul, Global Resource Allocation Consulting Engineers, Impact Earth LLC, Integ Medical Devices, LandMasters Energy Management Systems, LLC, Language Speak-Easy, MetCel LLC, Moxie Software, Mykidsgrade.com, Nonprofit Marketing Online, Opinion Grabber, Personal Health Monitoring Services (PHMS), RK Composites, Inc., Sage Culinary Studio, The Cupcake Fairy, Tyce Technologies and URULAX LLC.
“The top 25 entrepreneurs are in for a wild ride,” said 2009 Spirit Award winner Jeremy Green, president of Real Time Rehab, a video-based physical therapy program. “They are about to embark on the most rewarding, challenging and exciting time for their growing businesses. I look forward to seeing their big ideas and hard work result in their personal success and economic growth for Tulsa.”
Past Spirit Award winners also include Grocio.com, a comparison-shopping search engine for groceries and SeekingSitters, a baby sitter referral service, both of which expanded into markets throughout the U.S.
The top 25 businesses will present a full business plan and give a seven-minute pitch to judges who will identify the 12 best business models and advance them to the semi-final round July 12. The 12 semi-finalists will then work with business coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help polish their business plans and pitching techniques.
Seven finalists will compete for the top prize awarded November 16 at a ceremony at Tulsa Community College’s Center for Creativity in downtown Tulsa during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The first place winner will receive $30,000, second place, $5,000 and third place, $2,500, provided by SpiritBank.