Springboard Ideas Challenge names 2012 winnersPosted April 17, 2012
On the web, on TV, on the side of the road, on T-shirts - advertisements are literally everywhere, even on athletic socks. The college division grand prize of the 2012 Springboard Ideas Challenge competition is the brainchild of an ACU student who plans to launch "Double Impact," a company that will provide high quality, customizable double-thickness athletic socks to college teams that will display names and logos.
The student behind Double Impact was one of about 60 entries hoping to win cash and in-kind prizes valued at more than $100,000. Ten finalists were chosen in each of the college and community divisions for the 19-county Big Country area; then contestants advanced to a final round during which they presented their business plans to a panel of judges. Awards were presented April 17.
On hand to speak about the importance of combining entrepreneurship with philanthropy was the chairman of NuStar Energy Bill Greehey.
"I think it's important to give back to the community and make it better and don't just take from it. The more you give the more you get back, and everyone needs to learn to be a good corporate citizen," Greehey said.
The goal of the annual competition, now in its fifth year, is to promote entrepreneurship in the Big Country and to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the opportunity to come one step closer to launching their own venture. Teams of up to four members submitted mini-business plans as if to potential investors.
Among this year’s winners:
Double Impact Socks
Grand Prize, College Division
Double Impact is a new company that will provide high quality, customizable athletic socks to college athletic teams. We specialize in tailor-made double-thickness socks displaying an athlete's name and school logo. Our products help our clients add that fashion element to their footwear while providing added support and comfort.
2nd Place, College Division
PasselTalk will provide an easy way for groups of people to voice chat with each other online by simply visiting the PasselTalk website, without the burden of installing any software. Everyone from gamers to businesses can benefit from the ability to easily set up a conference call in seconds.
Stars of Style
3rd Place, College Division
StarOfStyle.com is a social network that creates a gateway for instant shopping while encouraging every user to be known on a celebrity level by earning the title "star stylist”"or "expert critic" just by expressing their own personal style and opinion.
Grand Prize, Community Division
Promoting and selling the Sharps Terminator for safe disposal of sharps in the medical field.
2nd Place, Community Division
Introduce to the market a newly developed technology for cooling tower systems which has the ability to conserve millions of gallons of water compared to currently available technology and has the added benefit of being an environmentally friendly process.
3rd Place, Community Division
Greenbox Floral, LLC (Greenbox) will make the local florist's cooler viewable to the world through an online portal featuring real-time photos of actual floral designs in actual coolers ready for actual gifting.
Non-Profit Award, College Division
Tri Therapeutic Equestrian Center utilizes the healing power of horses in unique therapeutic approaches that aid the three aspects of holistic health: mind, body, and spirit. TriTEC offers several equine-assisted therapies, including Therapeutic Sport Riding, Hippotherapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, along with programs geared toward military and their families.
Values Award, College Division
Our business will provide the services, equipment, knowledge, and certification needed to complete the process of converting ACU dining organic waste into material suitable for landscaping purposes as handled by Physical Resources.
Abilene School of Welding and Safety
Small Business Award, College Division
Our business concept is to offer the City of Abilene and its citizens a technical school whose primary focus is to certify its students to become Professional Welders, secondly to offer local businesses and their employees safety courses that are needed in order to conduct and complete their customers' projects.
Non-Profit Award, Community Division
Double Up is a charity assisting local families facing a sudden tragedy/loss. Chosen families receive donations based upon funds collected. Twice Upon a Time, a local business, will oversee the program and provide matching funds. Contributions are made online or through a donation box placed at local businesses.
Values Award, Community Division
We are creating SSG as a way to give back. By bringing consumers and merchants together we are able to help others through a unique loyalty rewards and marketing program. We bring savings to SSG cardholders, loyal customers to local businesses, and funds to local and international non-profit organizations.
The Voice 93.3 FM
Small Business Award, Community Division
A community involved "Hispanic" radio station.