Just like on the hit ABC show Shark Tank, several Siouxland entrepreneurs were looking to hit it big Wednesday night at the annual Entrepalooza Celebration. Five prospective start-ups presented their unique business plan to a panel of judges at Briar Cliff University. Mini-grants of up to $4,000 were up for grabs.
“It really means a lot cause it could really impact their business and how far they go and how much they can do for our community and themselves to get themselves started,” says Enactus Co-President Jordyn Lamoureux.
This year the judges awarded prize money to 4 winners.
Samuel Padilla earned $500 for his website creation STEVEN. The site helps international college students learn about the United State. Rosalind Torrez picked up $750 for her idea for Colibri Kitchen a fresh salsa business. Michele Van Beek, R&M LLC, also picked up $750 for a business plan to produce natural products from humans. Cassie and Desiree Kitcheyan earned this year’s top prize of $3,000. The Hey Hey Girl Beads & Creations and handmade Native American regalia and beading supplies were the judges top pick.
Swimming with the Sharks, loosely based on the TV hit “Shark Tank,” is an annual competition presented by Briar Cliff’s Enactus team as part of Entrepalooza, an annual celebration of entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland.
with Cassie and Desiree Kitcheyan picking up $3,000 for their Hey Hey Girl Beads & Creations-handmade Native American regalia and beading supplies.
The “swimming with the sharks” competition is put on by briar cliff’s enactus team.