Final oral presentations for the EnterpriseU 2015 Entrepreneurs Boot Camp & Business Plan Competition were held on June 11, 2015. Seven finalists presented, with the following results:
First Place – Jim Dewey, Flying Squirrel Aerofilm & Photography – a provider of drone UAV aerial photography services
Second Place – Nicole Weakley, Spice Done Right – a custom blended spice retailer
Third Place – Christian Finefield & Nathan Benz, Chrios LLC – a developer of mobile applications for Android, iOS and the web
Winners will receive startup capital, rent-free office space, and a suite of professional goods and services. All 19 2015 contestants participated in the 8-course Entrepreneurs Boot Camp at the Kankakee Community College Small Business Development Center and received one-on-one business plan couseling as part of their entry fees.
It was also announced at the event that the EnterpriseU program, administered by the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County and the KCC SBDC, received a 2015 Illinois Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Association Roger Luman Program Excellence Award.
EnterpriseU 2015 program sponsors include the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, Kankakee Community College, the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, Kankakee Development Corp., The Daily Journal, Catalyst Innovation Center, Buck Tamblyn Property Management, Momentum Momence, Geoffery Johns and Associates, LinkPoint Media, Premium Specialties, Wayba Productions, Ravenspring Creative, Midland States Bank and Geek Speak.