Remember the Member Takes Top Spot in Tech/Apps Series
The Tulsa StartUp Series named Remember the Member as the winner in the Tech/Apps monthly pitch series held tonight at 36°North. Will Edwards and Evan Tipton are founders of the Tulsa based startup that designed an app to simplify social and professional networking by helping the user remember the people they meet and important facts such as name, employer, family and other personal details.
“The live pitch presentations were terrific,” Edwards said. “We are so grateful and humbled to win.” The Tulsa startup received a $2,500 cash prize to test or advance their business, a three-month membership to 36°North, a spot in the Venture Assessment Program at i2E and a mentor who will be available to meet with the business owner weekly for at least three months.
Remember the Member was one of five finalists in the Tech/Apps monthly pitch series to advance to the live pitch round and included Drive Life, Church Portal, The Vote Note, and 13 Unbracketed.
“We are excited to see this entrepreneurship competition lives on in this new format,” Tipton said. “The Tulsa Startup Series puts a spotlight on entrepreneurs in Tulsa and is part of the innovation that will move our city forward.”
The Tulsa StartUp Series is Tulsa’s original StartUp competition and launched in 2016 after evolving to meet the needs of local entrepreneurs. The competition, powered by Tulsa Community College and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, helps entrepreneurs innovate and accelerate their businesses with the focus on delivering resources and mentoring opportunities to entrepreneurs.
“The Tulsa StartUp Series was designed to shorten the competition timeline and provide more intensive resources to innovate and accelerate startups,” Autumn Worten, Tulsa StartUp Series Chair said. “The inaugural monthly pitch series with the live pitch round was a huge success where entrepreneurs tested their startup idea in front of a panel of judges, got feedback, and networked.”
The Tulsa StartUp Series features five 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°North and a dedicated mentor.
Each pitch series focuses on a different business segment:
- Pitch Series 1: Tech/Apps (Submissions December 3-January 6)
- Pitch Series 2: K-12 Education (Submissions February 3-March 2)
- Pitch Series 3 Physical Products (Submissions April 6-May 4)
- Pitch Series 4: Food/Retail (Submissions June 1-July 6)
- Pitch Series 5: Wild Card Round (August 3-September 7)
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 and 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 www.tulsastartupseries.com, including instructions for submitting video pitches and competition rules.
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