Five Entrepreneurs Will Compete for $15K

The Tulsa StartUp Series announces the finalists for Demo Day where the startups will compete for $15,000. Agruity, Dear Girls Magazine, LaunchPad Labs, Spokto Beverage Co., and The Pop House will pitch live and one will win the cash prize plus a year-long membership to 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor.

Demo Day is 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity on the Tulsa Community College Metro Campus during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The five finalists were selected by a panel of judges during the semifinal round of competition. Each startup had five minutes to pitch using a 10-slide pitch deck and then answered five minutes of questions from the judges.

“Tulsa is such a great place for start-ups. I can see how strong the entrepreneurial landscape is in Tulsa because the quality of pitches and business models get better each year,” Autumn Worten, Tulsa StartUp Series Chair said. “The business ideas and product development from these entrepreneurs never cease to amaze me. Narrowing the field to the top five was not an easy task.”

The Tulsa StartUp Series, 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 features five pitch competitions categorized by business segment and culminates with Demo Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.

Additional information about the Demo Day finalists:

  • Agruity is an online marketplace for locally grown or raised products that makes buying and selling direct from the farm easier and faster.
  • Dear Girls Magazine produces a magazine for tween girls featuring interviews, short stories, and projects promoting success in academics, leadership, sports, and community service.
  • LaunchPad Labs is an interactive online, video-based life success skills curriculum for teachers to use to fill the gap in soft skills needed to be successful.
  • Spokto Beverage Co. makes alternative sodas with real ingredients under the names of Carbonated Coldbrew Coffee and Lemon Peachberry Carbonated Tea.
  • The Pop House makes craft ice pops with unique flavors and real ingredients for families and foodies from locally sourced fresh, natural ingredients.

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About Tulsa Community College

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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.