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2013 National Elevator Pitch Competition Final Results and Recap
Quincy Freeman of Quincy Boots took home first place and $3,500.
Watch the full final round of the 2013 CEO National Elevator Pitch Competition here (http://www.youtube.com/
A total of $9,500 in cash was awarded along with generous prizes from sponsors. Elance provided a total of $3,000 in Elance cash to the top three finalists and also provided every attendee with a $50 credit to go towards their first purchase on the freelancing website that hosts many top designers and developers. Dun & Bradstreet Credibility also provided a Small Business Starter product to each of the finalists, a total value of $399 each.
First Place, $3500- Quincy Freeman, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Quincy Boots: Quincy Freeman wowed the audience and judges to become the third consecutive female entrepreneur to win the National Elevator Pitch Competition. Quincy made a name for herself in the design world through her successful cowboy boot line with Ariat. Her unique style and love for being a rodeo cowgirl have created a strong demand for her designs as she now launches her own line of boots – Quincy Boots - and a full line of apparel through Quincy Designs. “I had a wonderful experience! I found myself surrounded by some of the most passionate and ambitious people I have encountered yet. I was both inspired and motivated to push harder to make my dreams a reality.” Quincy plans on using her prize money for research and development and eventually to build a website. “I want to thank the national CEO organization for the opportunity to meet and be exposed to successful entrepreneurs in the real business world. What an amazing experience it was! I also want to thank my professor and advisor, Dr. Jonathan York, and the CIE and CEO organizations on Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's campus. They accepted the small town cowgirl from the Ag department, believed in my designs, and gave me the opportunity to be exposed to the real business world. Cal Poly raised the bar on my personal expectations of what I can bring to the world not only as a designer but as a successful business woman.”
Second Place, $2500- Nolan Simmons, Loyola Marymount, Revita Ink (http://www.revitaink.com/
3rd Place, $1500- Tanner Agar, Texas Christian University, The Chef Shelf (http://thechefshelf.com/
Honorable Mention- Tracy Hinterman, Texas State University, Ah-Ha Designs, Inc (http://gotthatfancovered.com/
Honorable Mention- Alex Hutchinson, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Gluten Free Foodie: Gluten Free Foodie, founded in August of 2013, is a mobile app that will provide safe gluten free information and recipe transformations to accommodate those who suffer from allergies, Celiac disease, or those who wish to avoid gluten. Founder Alex Hutchinson will use the $500 prize to pay legal fees for intellectual property rights and to patent his app. Next for Alex and Gluten Free Foodie is to continue software development, build contacts within companies he will eventually sell advertising space to, and to come back next year to win 1st place in the National Elevator Pitch Competition.
Honorable Mention- Natalie Gallardo, Texas State University, Besser Education (http://www.bessereducation.com/)
Congratulations to all of the students who are pursuing their dreams through starting a business!
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization