SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Local entrepreneurs were awarded $5,000 after pitching their business ideas in the 2016 “Swimming with the Sharks” contest, held Feb. 25 at Briar Cliff University.
Winners of the competition, modeled after ABC's "Shark Tank," and the amount of the grants they received, were:
1st place, Geoff Arnold and Luis Trejo, Lienwaivers.io, $2,500.
2nd place, Jim Braunschweig, Flickboards, $1,500.
3rd place, Adam Gonshorowski, Kesshi Studios, $500.
3rd place, Lloyd Lee and Travis Hemmingson, Qneo, $500
The contestants had 10 minutes to present their business ideas to a panel of local business experts.
The judges included Dave Bernstein, officer and co-owner of State Steel, president, Saturday in the Park; Dustin Pratt, analyst, Avalon Capital, entrepreneur and founder, Solid Rock Clothing, LLC; David Gleiser, director, Woodbury County Rural Economic Development; Rhonda Capron, Sioux City Council; Sam Wagner, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce; and Ken Beekley, executive vice president, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation.
The competition was the final event from Entrepalooza 2016, a 10-day celebration of events focused on entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland. The coordination of Entrepalooza is conducted by Briar Cliff’s Enactus team.