TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa StartUp Series named Spring Noodles the winner of the Food/Retail Live Pitch Series held July 20 at 36 Degrees North. Spring Noodles is a healthy alternative for quick service restaurants with an Asian style noodle bar.
Cecilia Wessinger of Spring Noodles received a $2,500 cash prize to advance her restaurant concept, 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. Spring Noodles was one of six finalists in the Food/Retail Pitch Series to advance to the live pitch round. Other finalists were Foodie Foot Tours, Jared’s ProPops, M&R Craft Salsa Company, Paleo D’Lites, and The Pop House.
“The Food/Retail series marks the fourth of five monthly pitch competitions and we continue to see the support for startups expanding in Tulsa and are glad to be part of that community,” Autumn Worten, Tulsa Startup Series Chair said. “We had six strong competitors, sharing their passion and love of Tulsa through their business ideas.”
The Tulsa StartUp Series, powered by Tulsa Community College and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation focuses on delivering resources and mentoring opportunities to entrepreneurs.
“Companies like Spring Noodles are exactly why the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation felt so strongly about funding programs like Kitchen 66 and Tulsa StartUp Series,” Elizabeth Frame Ellison, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation board member said. “These food entrepreneurs have very creative, viable businesses. By doubling our efforts and funding multiple programs that support Tulsa’s entrepreneurs, we’re able to help these worthy startups take that passion to the next level through added exposure and capital.”
The next monthly pitch competition is Wild Card – open to anyone with any idea. Submissions open August 3 for the Tulsa StartUp Series Wild Card Pitch Series and submissions open for Demo Day on September 22. The Tulsa StartUp Series features pitch competitions categorized by business segment and culminates with Demo Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. The five Pitch Series winners get an automatic bid to compete at Demo Day, where the winner receives $15,000, a year-long membership to 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor.
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.