Entrepreneur Katie Kehlenbach received the $10,000 grand prize on Tuesday in 1st Round Rock General public Library’ Biz.ability business plan competitors.
Kehlenbach, who received with her structure of a barbell collar, will receive $7,500, a Dell laptop or computer system worth $2,500 and a consultation with a Dell Technologies skilled. Mandy Kelly was named runner-up and won $3,500. The competitors was specific to Round Rock-based mostly startup business people.
“I am truly thrilled,” stated Kehlenbach, who is the co-founder ofAdderLock. “It’s awesome to hear the validation, when you have been developing a company for several years and to variety of constantly be validated by customers or folks who are fascinated and people who see the issue that you’re resolving.”
Kehlenbach won for her patented barbell collar that allows for a more rapidly attachment and detachment compared to existing collars that make the system challenging. Kehlenbach stated through her pitch that the collar will allow buyers bodyweight lifters to improve their education time with no the additional problem.
Kehlenbach stated she was determined to build AdderLock by her struggles with lifting barbells.
Kehlenbach reported she was enthusiastic about moving into the levels of competition because even if she did not gain, she would come out of it with a business approach that she could use.
“That nudge of encouragement and then being familiar with all the tools we have entry to through the library is tremendous fascinating,” Kehlenbach reported.
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As part of the competitiveness, entrants had to build a business enterprise program and the library presented absolutely free ZOOM workshops to support them commence, create and sustain their companies. They also satisfied with an advisor from Austin Score, a nonprofit that mentors small corporations.
Kehlenbach explained she will use the prize funds to make the products with a 3D printer.
Kelly was selected as runner-up for her company idea, Liberty Pet dog RRTX. Her business enterprise can make little-batch doggy foodstuff and treats adhering to Texas Cottage Food stuff suggestions to provide chemical-no cost diet to canines.
“I am very joyful that I bought runner-up,” Kelly reported. “(There) was a great deal of excellent competition (and) it was a fantastic approach, working with a Rating mentor was superb, I realized a ton.”
Kelly stated in the course of her pitch that she was encouraged to start her pet foods business immediately after the identify-brand name canine foods she made use of was recalled.
“Our mission is to liberate canine from substances,” Kelly mentioned.
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The levels of competition started off with 17 business people from which six finalists were being chosen. The finalists introduced their business plan to a panel of six judges that incorporated an assistant city supervisor, neighborhood business owners, chamber of commerce leadership and Dell team.
The other four finalists ended up:
- Colette Hammons, CEO of Mahacobo, a company that makes personalised items crafted in wood
- Eric Kapinus, proprietor of VinoSwag, a company that assists other corporations encourage by themselves through tailored bottles of wine
- Patricia Powell, who operates Round Rock Cleansing Services
- Robin Lawrence. founder of Lil Dumpling Publication, which aims to fill in a void in availability of English/Mandarin children’s books.
The rivals were being judged on their enterprise program, successful use and influence of the prize revenue, helpful use of the city’s library details and investigate resources, neighborhood influence and viability of their small business product, according to the competition’s application.
“It’s constantly fascinating to look at small enterprise homeowners check out to commence their business and see their passions, their blood, sweat and tears,” Mayor Craig Morgan reported throughout the competition. “I’m thrilled to seem for important strategies to keep on to aid business people and build a ecosystem to make guaranteed that you might be in a position to develop correct below in the metropolis of Spherical Rock.”
The level of competition was announced by the Spherical Rock Library in January and was influenced by the New York Community Library business enterprise competitors.