After important concerns were brought to our attention earlier this week regarding TINGE being awarded the Tulsa StartUp Series Demo Day prize, LTFF immediately wanted to create an avenue to have these concerns heard. We care deeply about Tulsa and the people inside of it, and we are troubled that people are offended by TINGE's business. We decided that the best first course of action was to facilitate meetings between the business owner and the concerned Tulsans who were reaching out to us. Our goal in facilitating those conversations was to use this as an opportunity for both sides to have positive, productive dialogue, face-to-face. We wanted to set an example that people in the community can disagree, work to understand each other, tackle tough issues head-on and make progress as a unit.
As a result of participating in these conversations, it's become clear to us that TINGE winning Demo Day has caused a divide, and caused a significant amount of hurt to people of color in our community. We wish TINGE the best in incorporating the constructive feedback that they received this week from those meetings, and we do believe TINGE will actively use this feedback to evolve the business. However, as an organization, we have to remain vigilant about eliminating anything that could cause a divide in our community. LTFF will be rescinding TINGE's first place prize for Demo Day along with the $15,000 prize money.
The prize money will be equally distributed to the second and third place winners. The second place winner is Change EDU, an app created by high schooler Jaelyn Jackson that takes the spare change used in debit or credit card transactions and donates that spare change to the educational institution of your choosing. The third place winner is TastyTowne, a company that offers an innovative, functional ingredient blend to create cookies, cakes and candies with under 2 net carbs per serving, created by P.J. Daugherty and Susan Denney.
As a cornerstone in the Tulsa community, we're proud to have a responsibility and a role in creating positive change. We feel that the most important takeaway from this process is that when there is an open, honest, productive dialogue, change can happen. We look forward to continuing to promote positive and productive dialogue. ... See MoreSee Less
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