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‘BizPitch’ Student Business Contest Winners

May 02, 2019

Angelo State University’s Norris-Vincent College of Business and Small Business Development Center have announced the winners of the new BizPitch student entrepreneurship competition following the live finals event on April 30 in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.

J&J Tactical Solutions (L to R): Jesse Lee and Justin O'BrienJ&J Tactical Solutions (L to R): Jesse Lee and Justin O'BrienThe BizPitch competition began Jan. 30 when individual ASU students or teams of up to four students were invited to submit video pitches of their ideas for new business startups. Nineteen teams entered their video pitches, and a panel of ASU business faculty and SBDC specialists selected five finalists to make live pitch presentations to a panel of judges made up of local business professionals.

Winners of the inaugural BizPitch competition are:

First Place ($2,500 prize) – J&J Tactical Solutions
Justin O’Brien of Waxahachie, intelligence and analysis major
Jesse Lee of San Angelo, civil engineering major
Business Synopsis:  “Developing the best equipment for the warfighter of the future.”

Second Place ($1,500 prize) – CLR Environmental
Jamie Couch of Lantana, accounting/international business major
Bailey Dominguez of El Paso, accounting major
Colby Roach of San Antonio, finance major
Brian Watson of Fredericksburg, accounting major
Business Synopsis:  “CLR Environmental’s primary goal is to provide a greener and cleaner remediation to oil spills.”

CLR Environmental (L to R): Bailey Dominguez, Brian Watson, Colby Roach, Jamie CouchCLR Environmental (L to R): Bailey Dominguez, Brian Watson, Colby Roach, Jamie CouchThird Place ($1,000 prize) & “Fan Favorite” ($250 prize) – The Maizey Co.
Raelyn Hill of Pflugerville, graphic design major
Business Synopsis:  “The Maizey Co. is a home-based bakery under the Cottage Food Law, which allows the business to sell goods from home. Though specializing in cupcakes, The Maizey Co. also offers other goods, such as trail mixes, cake balls and much more.”

The Maizey Co.: Raelyn HillThe Maizey Co.: Raelyn HillThe finalists each made eight-minute live presentations to the judges and answered judges’ questions during the finals on April 30. The cash prizes are for the winners to use as seed money for their new ventures. The other two finalists were:

BrewGames “BG’s”
Tristan Vargas of Live Oak, Cole Larsson of Midland, Johnny Martinez of San Angelo, Gregory Jackson of San Antonio
Business Synopsis: “We look to locally provide a place for people to congregate and socialize in a fun new alternative way.”

Zay’s Mane Yoga
Isaiah Martin of San Angelo
Business Synopsis: “Through my business, I would love to share the beauty of yoga and the healthy benefits it can offer to one’s life – whether it is through face-to-face/online communication, apparel, or my yoga classes.”

The panel of business professionals who judged the finals included:

  • Bridgett Carr – Bug Express Pest Control
  • Lisa Curry – Raw 1899 and Waterford Wellness Spa
  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ronnie Hawkins – Hawkins Group
  • Ken Mayer – Lucky One Inc.
  • Jordy Moorman – Workforce Technologies

The BizPitch competition is designed to provide ASU students with opportunities to learn through interaction with SBDC business advisors and ASU alumni who are successful in business, as well as to promote and foster student entrepreneurship at ASU.

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