SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Finishing first in the Swimming With the Sharks annual business competition, held recently at Briar Cliff University, was Brandon Bradshaw, who won $2,000 for his Pipe Dream Camping and Tubing business. Bradshaw competed in the General Public segment of the event.
Runners up in the General Public contest were Joseph Donavan and William Burkhart with their ThinkSail LLC, $1,000; Ashley Viet and her Signature Event Consulting, $1,000; Blake Anderson with Static Entertainment, $600; Eric Bolles for his Ultimate Grilling Guide, $200; Jim Braunchweig with Rake Glove, $200; Chelsea and Nathan Schulz with their Eat Sioux City, $200. The $5,200 prize money for the general public competition was donated by economic development for South Sioux City, Sioux City, North Sioux City, Woodbury County and Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.
Winners in the Collegiate contest were Sean Richardson, Morningside College with his DiscoverMyCampus, $2,000; Jordan Schumacher, University of South Dakota for his ShopEx , $1,000; and Kyle Poss, University of South Dakota for his Cry-Ice Cryogenic Therapy, $500. The $3,500 prize money for the Collegiate Contest was donated by Siouxland Economic Development Corporation.
During the competition, finalists had 10 minutes each to pitch their ideas and answer questions from a panel of entrepreneurs and business experts. Judges for the General Public contest were Joe Strub, president of Prime Bank; Rhonda Capron, Sioux City Council member and owner of Rhonda’s Speakeasy; Randy Lanning, chair of South Sioux City Economic Development Board; and Rob Marqusee, director of Woodbury County Economic Development.
Judges for the Collegiate contest were Ken Beekley, executive vice president for Siouxland Economic Development Corporation; Dave Bernstein, officer and co-owner of State Steel and president of Saturday in the Park; Greg Hoffman, business development officer for Pioneer Bank and vice president of Sioux City Growth Organization; and Dustin Pratt, analyst at Avalon Capital and entrepreneur and founder at Solid Rock Clothing, LLC.
Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit briarcliff.edu.