Entrepreneur Katie Kehlenbach received the $10,000 grand prize on Tuesday in 1st Round Rock Public Library’ Biz.ability business approach competition.
Kehlenbach, who gained with her layout of a barbell collar, will receive $7,500, a Dell personal computer system worth $2,500 and a consultation with a Dell Engineering qualified. Mandy Kelly was named runner-up and won $3,500. The opposition was specific to Round Rock-dependent startup business owners.
“I’m truly energized,” claimed Kehlenbach, who is the co-founder ofAdderLock. “It truly is wonderful to listen to the validation, when you have been setting up a company for years and to type of regularly be validated by people or individuals who are fascinated and persons who see the trouble that you are resolving.”
Kehlenbach received for her patented barbell collar that allows for a speedier attachment and detachment compared to present collars that make the course of action challenging. Kehlenbach explained during her pitch that the collar will make it possible for users body weight lifters to improve their coaching time without the need of the excess hassle.
Kehlenbach claimed she was enthusiastic to make AdderLock by her struggles with lifting barbells.
Kehlenbach reported she was enthusiastic about coming into the levels of competition due to the fact even if she did not gain, she would appear out of it with a business plan that she could use.
“That nudge of encouragement and then knowledge all the tools we have access to through the library is tremendous exciting,” Kehlenbach mentioned.
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As component of the competition, entrants had to make a organization approach and the library provided cost-free ZOOM workshops to aid them start off, produce and keep their businesses. They also fulfilled with an advisor from Austin Rating, a nonprofit that mentors tiny corporations.
Kehlenbach stated she will use the prize income to make the product with a 3D printer.
Kelly was picked out as runner-up for her enterprise plan, Liberty Puppy RRTX. Her business enterprise helps make compact-batch canine meals and treats subsequent Texas Cottage Food stuff pointers to give chemical-cost-free diet to canine.
“I am incredibly happy that I received runner-up,” Kelly explained. “(There) was a lot of excellent competition (and) it was a wonderful approach, doing work with a Score mentor was excellent, I discovered a ton.”
Kelly said through her pitch that she was inspired to start her doggy food items enterprise soon after the name-brand canine foods she used was recalled.
“Our mission is to liberate canine from chemical compounds,” Kelly explained.
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The competitors started out with 17 business people from which six finalists had been chosen. The finalists presented their business plan to a panel of six judges that incorporated an assistant metropolis supervisor, community business people, chamber of commerce leadership and Dell staff.
The other 4 finalists had been:
- Colette Hammons, CEO of Mahacobo, a enterprise that generates customized gifts crafted in wood
- Eric Kapinus, proprietor of VinoSwag, a corporation that allows other firms promote themselves by using custom-made bottles of wine
- Patricia Powell, who operates Round Rock Cleaning Services
- Robin Lawrence. founder of Lil Dumpling Publication, which aims to fill in a void in availability of English/Mandarin kid’s guides.
The rivals had been judged on their business enterprise prepare, productive use and effect of the prize income, productive use of the city’s library facts and research applications, group influence and viability of their small business design, according to the competition’s software.
“It’s constantly interesting to enjoy modest business enterprise owners test to begin their enterprise and see their passions, their blood, sweat and tears,” Mayor Craig Morgan claimed in the course of the competitiveness. “I’m psyched to glimpse for important ways to keep on to assistance business owners and produce a ecosystem to make sure that you happen to be able to improve ideal below in the city of Spherical Rock.”
The competition was declared by the Spherical Rock Library in January and was motivated by the New York Community Library organization level of competition.