The 2014 Winner:
Jeff Soward, Arana Water Technologies LLC
Bill Kovaric, Keylate Solutions LLC
The Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition held it 4th Annual Phase III judging on Monday, May 12th at the Del Mar College West Campus. The 5 Finalists gave their presentations to the judges. The judges consisted of Gloria Hicks, Alan Stoner, Mike Carrell, Joe Henkel. The winner of the competition was announced on Wednesday, May 14th at the Small Business Awards Luncheon. The lst place winner was Jeff Soward, Arana Water Technologies LLC and 2nd place award went to Bill Kovaric, Keylate Solutions LLC.
Pictured left to right: Daniel Valdes-ROA TAMUCC, Jeff Soward-ARANA Water Technologies, LLC, Bill Kovaric-KeyLate Solutions, LLC, Joanne Soward-The AVA Method
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On Monday, January 13th the Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition announced the following Semifinalists who have advanced to Phase II of the competition.
(click on Semifinalist to learn more...)
ARANA Water Technologies, LLC
Water treatment in a chemical‐free, reliable, cost‐effective manner. ARANA Water Technologies, LLC has the most cost‐effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly water treatment technology currently known to exist.
KeyLate Solutions LLC
Has improved the technology of disinfection and oxidation by mimicking nature. KeyLate Solutions has advanced disinfection technology by translating what nature does into simple to use liquid formulations.
The product is an electronically powered multi‐functional UAV that will be able to deliver high definition video with controllable view angles via a ground station monitor up to one kilometer away.
Texas A & M University‐Corpus Christi
A device which is capable of using a centrifugal casting process to make parts that will replace parts on an obsolete machine. This is a solution that
eliminates long lead times, complex manufacturing processes, and costly tooling‐vertical axis centrifugal casting machine capable of manufacturing even the most critical and complex of machinery parts.
The hydraulic underwater ROV provides unlimited value in researching marine life. It provides a long lasting source of information for educational purposes to schools around the coastal bend or anywhere in the world where its uses in studying marine life is need. The ROV would be capable of any type of observing for research and or any type of physical laborious activity underwater with its pneumatically operated gripper.
Hybrid Energy Conversion and Storage Company
This project involves the creation of a
combined system of three different green energy sources working together and producing a sustainable amount of energy, which is then stored in batteries for later use.
RH-TRU Waste Shielded Containers
A proposal to make a container with adequate radiation shielding around a 55 gallon‐drum that will reduce the amount of radiation the RH waste gives
off, to a level that is comparable to that of CH waste. Increasing shielding around the 55-gallon drum will reduce the amount of entitled radiation to a level at or below 200 mrem/hour to make the waste CH.
The Atomic Lawnmower
A design of an autonomous lawnmower systems capable of cutting grass using global position system (GPS) navigation and computer software to run the program.
The lawnmower will first be driven manually over the desired area in order to set up a track of way points, and then for future instances will complete the route automatically with the need of a controller.
The AVA Method
The AVA Method was created to facilitate the info event planning process from start to finish. It is the only web‐based complete planning application incorporating lead management, proposals, captures e‐signatures, invoicing, merchant account, vendor management, document management, employee management, gallery, e‐mail, calendar reporting. With the highly secure portal system, clients, vendors and employees can view events and add info but cannot change event planner information.
Diesel Engine Retrofit Kit
The proposed retrofit kit facilitates the sway of the factory 5.9l-V8 gasoline engine out of a 1980 Jeep Cherokee Chief 4x4 for an OM603.971 Mercedes-Benz 3.5l turbo diesel engine. This retrofit kit does not currently exist in the off-roading market. The retrofit kit allows the consumer to maintain the factor drivetrain components and original performance characteristics while increasing vehicle fuel economy, reducing emissions and increasing dependability.
Click to view: All the Semi-Finalists
Click to download: 2014 Guidelines
Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition Committee elects officers for 2013-2014:
Chair- Dr. Stephan Nix
Vice Chair- Michael Korff
Treasurer- Teresa Rodriguez
Fiduciary Agent Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition would like to welcome the following new members:
Dr. Kent Byus
The 2013-2014 Business Plan Competition Kick Off was held on Thursday, October 3, 2013. 5 p.m. at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center
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The 2013 Winner:
Sirena Water Wear,
Presentation from Sirena Water Wear
Two women, with two very innovative ideas, have taken home the two top
prizes in the 3rd annual Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition. Both
winners are clients with the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. One
idea takes you from the beach and fishing to a nice restaurant without
changing clothes, while the other makes the homes of pet owners a little
Tracey Davis from Sirena Water Wear receiving her award.
The 1st place prize was awarded to Tracy Davis, Sirena Water Wear. Tracey
received an award plate, $20,000.00 in in-kind-services and a cash prize of
$4,000.00. . The judges noted that Tracy has won the hearts of active women
with her patented SeaLegs adventure shorts. Her woman's board short are
inspired by the past and geared for the future...SeaLegs "fit" the
adventurous lifestyle and carry women from the fishing rod to the
restaurant, and beach to the future.
Presentation from Maricela Sanchez Art, LLC.
The 2nd place award went to Maricela Sanchez of Maricela Sanchez Art, LLC.
Maricela received an award plaque and $1,000.00 in cash. Maricela's
creative pet crate designs have been featured in magazines. She is also a
client with the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. Maricela's mission
is to create innovative contemporary visual art design solutions for
private, public and commercial need by manufacturing luxury crates, gates
and panels, while collaborating with designers, engineers, manufacturers and
clients to meet their needs.
The panel of judges listened to the four finalists give their presentations,
gave them feedback, and the finalists answered questions. The Judges also
viewed their products and business models before selecting the winner. The
1st and 2nd place winners were announced at the 2013 Annual Coastal Bend
Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 22nd.
The five judges were, Ralph Coker with SCORE, Don Morrison, Owner-Allstate
Insurance Agency, Laurie Simmons-Executive Director-Tropical Texas Regional
Center of Innovation and Commercialization, Alan Stoner-Venture Capital,
Liza Wisner-Insperity and former guest on the Donald Trump Apprentice's show
Alan Stoner, Liza Wisner, Donald Morrison, Laurie Simmmons, Ralph Coker
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The 2012 - 2013 competition opened October 2, 2012 to any entrepreneur team or existing business that has a new technology or technological product.
A winner or winners will be awarded based on the viability of their business plan and the potential for its economic impact to the Coastal Bend's regional economy. However, every finalist will be given invaluable feedback from real investors on the viability of the business plan providing the catalyst for putting a business on the right track for success.
Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition Final Competition
Monday, May 20, 2013 from 3 - 7 PM
Del Mar College’s East Campus
Venter’s Business Building Room VB100
Finalists and Presentation Time
3:15 G & G Sustainability- Jon Gorman, Denis Guleof -
A water turbine system to convert energy contained in flowing wastewater effluent into electricity using hydropower technology
3:45 Sirena Water Wear- Tracy Davis -
Sealegs Adventure Shorts...a solution to an age old problem
4:15 Maricela Sanchez Art – Maricela Sanchez -
Focus on home accessories for pet owners
4:45 SJ3 Solutions- Joshua Newton -
The product monitors consumers’ real time power usage and provides a few different options based on information
5:15 VIS Engineering and Technology- Julian Vela, Amanda Ibanez, Joel Salinas - A mobile plasma sanitation system that is easy to use on inorganic surfaces resulting in a safer way to sanitize surfaces in one’s home
>>Download the 2013 Guidelines for eligibility, rules, entry forms, deadlines and prizes.
>>Click to Read Article: Phase II Semi-Finalists encouraged by State Representative Todd Hunter