Entrepreneurs Will Compete for $15K

The Tulsa StartUp Series announces the semifinalists for Demo Day. Five of these entrepreneurs will advance to Demo Day and compete for $15,000, a year-long membership to 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor. Demo Day will be held 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 2016 Demo Day Semifinalists are:

  • A.C.E. Tornado Shelters makes a tornado shelter that you sleep on that is installed under your mattress and is easily accessible.
  • 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.
  • GradeDeck is software to help administer exams and grade tests for teachers and students.
  • Jared’s Probiotics makes BrewBiotic, a probiotic grain-free alcoholic beverage using proprietary fermentation techniques to create a “good for you” beer.
  • 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.
  • MetKnow is an app that specializes in helping individuals know each other’s names and utilizes a flash card and quizzing system.
  • Mike’s ProLids is a novelty helmet for riders, skaterboarders, cyclists that is customizable and offers style.
  • PetsWell Pantry makes healthy organic food for pets using human grade, pet-friendly ingredients free of chemicals, fillers and by-products.
  • Ramify is a puzzle game available for PC and MAC with more than 100 levels featuring unique artwork and music.
  • Spokto Beverage Co. makes alternative sodas with real ingredients under the names of Carbonated Coldbrew Coffee and Lemon Peachberry Carbonated Tea.
  • Spring Noodles is a concept for a quick service Asian noodle restaurant using fresh, responsibly farmed ingredients.
  • ToyVac is a product that allows for quick and easy clean-up of small toy pieces scattered on the floor.
  • The Pop House makes craft ice pops with unique flavors and real ingredients for families and foodies from locally sourced fresh, natural ingredients.
  • TG Brace is a foot brace for people with Diabetes aiding in the healing process of foot ulcers.
  • TV Nebula is designed to collect and automate TV listings which saves time and money and makes the information easily accessible by electronic devices.
  • Votebyte is a web and mobile app providing information about local elections.

Mark your calendar now for Demo Day on Nov. 16 and come watch the live pitch competition. One of these entrepreneurs will win $15,000 to advance their business, a year’s membership and desk at 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor for 12 months. The Tulsa StartUp Series will announce the Demo Day finalists on Oct. 27.

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.

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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.