May 28, 2018

Alamo Colleges District Business Startup Program Fetes Winners of "Shark Tank" Style Competition


This week, 13 student/faculty teams who have developed concepts for best-selling apps or successful business startups or products, as part of the Alamo Colleges' The Learning Company entrepreneurship program, pitched their ideas to a panel of judges in a "Shark Tank" style competition for cash prizes and the chance to see their project receive investor funding and become a reality.


The winning teams were presented with giant "checks," representing the cash their LLC will receive, at a graduation ceremony May 17. The winners are: 1st Place - Kid Car-go, $5,000; 2nd Place - Veteran's Property Renovation, $3,000; and 3rd Place - Ali-Rooz, $1,500.


Members of The Learning Company student/faculty teams celebrate their graduation from the program with Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie (center, back row).


Kid Car-go is a concept for a rideshare company to transport children using moms from the same school districts as drivers to take kids to and from school, to work or after-school programs. The Kid Car-go team members are: Tracy Watts and Thermajean Jones, faculty members at St. Philip's College (SPC); Lakeisha Matthews, an SPC student; and Melissa Rodriguez, a student at San Antonio College (SAC). Veteran's Property Renovation will be a San Antonio based, veteran managed company targeting key renovations to maximize property values. Its team members are: Jorge Latorre, a Northwest Vista College (NVC) student; Angela Costlow, a SAC student; and Joel Robbins, an SPC student. Ali-Rooz will offer custom screen-printed athletic wear produced and sold out of a "fashion truck" that can offer its products on site at events. Alexandria Borrero, an NVC student, and Brian Etheridge, a student at Palo Alto College are the Ali-Rooz team.


Keynote speakers for the event were Leslie and Lorenzo Gomez III, CEO of Geekdom. Serving as master of ceremonies were Hitish Nathani, chief innovator for The Learning Company, and Mick Simonelli, chairman of The Learning Company board. Nathani thanked The Learning Company's partners: Geekdom, The University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute, the Small Business Development Center Network,  Frost Bank and Innocenti Jones PLLC.



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