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The Learning Company…

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.
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The Learning Company Presents Awards to Winning Teams

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.

 

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. Phillip’s College (SPC); Lakeisha Matthews, an SPC student; and Melissa Rodriguez, a student at San Antonio College (SAC).Veteran’s Property Renovations 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 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.

 

Other teams also were recognized for their achievements. The Early Birdies team won the Change-Maker award. The Grindhouse award for perseverance went to the Showstopper team and the IC2 Best Business Model honor went to the Texas Revolution team. A number of other individuals from the Alamo Colleges District also were recognized for their encouragement and support of The Learning Company program and the teams.

 

The Learning Company was formed to encourage student entrepreneurs to turn their "big ideas" into reality and become successful business owners by participating in FREE Innovation Boot Camps where they are trained and mentored by experienced instructors and business partners. Past winners have gone on to launch companies, received funding from investors and begin manufacturing of their products.

 

Keynote speakers for the event were Leslie and Lorenzo Gomez III, CEO of Geekdom, Texas’ largest co-working space, and  co-founder of The 80/20 Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to investing in the future of San Antonio. Serving as master of ceremonies was Hitish Nathani, recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award and Chief Innovator for The Learning Company. 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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