TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa StartUp Series named Jared’s Probiotics the winner of the Wild Card Live Pitch Series held Sept. 21 at 36 Degrees North. Jared’s Probiotics makes BrewBiotic, a product that bridges beer brewing and probiotic brewing techniques to create a healthier beer.
Jared Toay received a $2,500 cash prize to advance his product, a three-month membership to 36 Degrees North, a spot in the Venture Assessment Program at i2E and a mentor who will be available to meet weekly for at least three months. Jared’s Probiotics was one of five finalists in the Wild Card Pitch Series to advance to the live pitch round. Other finalists were A.C.E. Tornado Shelters, LLC; Agruity; LaunchPad Labs; and The Money Fam.
“The Tulsa Startup Series has evolved this year in ways we never imagined when we began this new format,” Autumn Worten, Tulsa StartUp Series Chair said. “What I am most excited about with our Wild Card Series is that we had entrepreneurs who had previously participated in other rounds that used the feedback from judges to improve and enter this series. We also had new entrepreneurs who had not yet been part of the process.”
Submissions are open for DEMO DAY, a live pitch competition with a $15,000 cash prize. Entrepreneurs can submit a 10-slide pitch deck from Sept. 22 through Oct. 5 for a chance to advance to the DEMO DAY semifinal round on Oct. 26. Five entrepreneurs will be selected to move to the DEMO DAY finals on Nov. 16 during Global Entrepreneurship Week where the $15,000 winner will be announced following a live pitch competition. In addition to the cash prize, the DEMO DAY winner receives a 12-month membership to 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor.
The Tulsa StartUp Series, powered by Tulsa Community College and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation focuses on delivering resources and mentoring opportunities to entrepreneurs. TCC and LTFF have supported entrepreneurial innovation, growth and creativity since 2007 when the competition began as the Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award by former Mayor Kathy Taylor. The competition later adapted to the TCC StartUp Cup Powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. This year, the competition reinvented itself to the Tulsa StartUp Series to meet the needs of local entrepreneurs. In total, Tulsa’s original startup competition has generated more than 2,300 full-time, part-time and contract jobs and a total economic impact for Tulsa of more than $57.7 million.
You can learn more about the Tulsa StartUp Series at www.tulsastartupseries.com, including instructions for submitting video pitches and competition rules.
About Tulsa Community College
TCC is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the United States ranking 36th in the nation in the number of Associate Degrees it awards among nearly 1,100 community colleges nationwide. Serving nearly 28,000 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, visit www.tulsacc.edu.
TCC Mission Statement
Tulsa Community College betters its community through the intellectual achievement, creative energy, and responsible citizenship of its students, faculty, and staff by their engagement in teaching, learning, and service opportunities that transform and enrich lives. Tulsa Community College commits to innovative, flexible, and affordable public higher education that responds to a dynamic global environment.
About Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) was established in 1997 and focuses on initiatives that promote entrepreneurial thinking and spur economic development in Tulsa. Led by Elizabeth Frame Ellison, LTFF acts as a grant maker, innovator, and convener to support building a thriving entrepreneurial community. In 2014, Ellison founded Cultivate918 as a program of LTFF to encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs and the organizations that serve them.
Recent grant recipients include 36°N, Cultivate 918, Fab Lab, 501Technet, the Mine, Kitchen 66 and the Tulsa StartUp Series. For more information, visit www.lobecktaylor.com and connect with us on Twitter at @LobeckTaylorFF.