By Thad Ayers
Copyright © 2012 Tulsa Business Journal. All rights reserved.
Before the nine TCC StartUp Cup judges were displayed seven products — one to help salespeople, an online delivery service, a training mechanism, a music company, a healthcare innovation, a streamlined kitchen design and a fisherman’s helpmeet.
These seven finalists had two minutes to make their last pitch to convince the judges of what they could do with the $30,000 first-place prize.
It was the final chance for these entrepreneurs to present their products before the panel of business professionals, investment leaders, and legal, accounting and resource development expert before the winning venture is announced Nov. 13 at Tulsa Community College’s Center for Creativity, 910 S. Boston Ave.
After their strictly-timed presentation was an equally stringent 15-minute Q&A session for each contender.
The handful of pitches on Nov. 1 represented nearly seven months of intensive coaching, mentoring and business-development strategies.
It began with 25 aspiring businesses who were narrowed to the following seven finalists:
- 4D Sales
- You Buy We Fly
- Cheerful Athletics
- idefi Music
- Oxygen Line Reel
- The Galley LLC
- EZ Line Spool Dispenser LLC