The 2013 Winner:
Sirena Water Wear,
Presentation from Sirena Water Wear
Two women, with two very innovative ideas, have taken home the two top
prizes in the 3rd annual Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition. Both
winners are clients with the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. One
idea takes you from the beach and fishing to a nice restaurant without
changing clothes, while the other makes the homes of pet owners a little
Tracey Davis from Sirena Water Wear receiving her award.
The 1st place prize was awarded to Tracy Davis, Sirena Water Wear. Tracey
received an award plate, $20,000.00 in in-kind-services and a cash prize of
$4,000.00. . The judges noted that Tracy has won the hearts of active women
with her patented SeaLegs adventure shorts. Her woman's board short are
inspired by the past and geared for the future...SeaLegs "fit" the
adventurous lifestyle and carry women from the fishing rod to the
restaurant, and beach to the future.
Presentation from Maricela Sanchez Art, LLC.
The 2nd place award went to Maricela Sanchez of Maricela Sanchez Art, LLC.
Maricela received an award plaque and $1,000.00 in cash. Maricela's
creative pet crate designs have been featured in magazines. She is also a
client with the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. Maricela's mission
is to create innovative contemporary visual art design solutions for
private, public and commercial need by manufacturing luxury crates, gates
and panels, while collaborating with designers, engineers, manufacturers and
clients to meet their needs.
The panel of judges listened to the four finalists give their presentations,
gave them feedback, and the finalists answered questions. The Judges also
viewed their products and business models before selecting the winner. The
1st and 2nd place winners were announced at the 2013 Annual Coastal Bend
Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 22nd.
The five judges were, Ralph Coker with SCORE, Don Morrison, Owner-Allstate
Insurance Agency, Laurie Simmons-Executive Director-Tropical Texas Regional
Center of Innovation and Commercialization, Alan Stoner-Venture Capital,
Liza Wisner-Insperity and former guest on the Donald Trump Apprentice's show
Alan Stoner, Liza Wisner, Donald Morrison, Laurie Simmmons, Ralph Coker
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The 2012 - 2013 competition opened October 2, 2012 to any entrepreneur team or existing business that has a new technology or technological product.
A winner or winners will be awarded based on the viability of their business plan and the potential for its economic impact to the Coastal Bend's regional economy. However, every finalist will be given invaluable feedback from real investors on the viability of the business plan providing the catalyst for putting a business on the right track for success.
Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition Final Competition
Monday, May 20, 2013 from 3 - 7 PM
Del Mar College’s East Campus
Venter’s Business Building Room VB100
Finalists and Presentation Time
3:15 G & G Sustainability- Jon Gorman, Denis Guleof -
A water turbine system to convert energy contained in flowing wastewater effluent into electricity using hydropower technology
3:45 Sirena Water Wear- Tracy Davis -
Sealegs Adventure Shorts...a solution to an age old problem
4:15 Maricela Sanchez Art – Maricela Sanchez -
Focus on home accessories for pet owners
4:45 SJ3 Solutions- Joshua Newton -
The product monitors consumers’ real time power usage and provides a few different options based on information
5:15 VIS Engineering and Technology- Julian Vela, Amanda Ibanez, Joel Salinas - A mobile plasma sanitation system that is easy to use on inorganic surfaces resulting in a safer way to sanitize surfaces in one’s home
>>Download the 2013 Guidelines for eligibility, rules, entry forms, deadlines and prizes.
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