2019 Innovation Market Winners Announced
The Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) is pleased to announce the Top Three Winners of the 2019 Innovation Market Competition. First Place Winner Rosalind Torres with Colibri Kitchen. Second place went to Michele Baumgardner with Flying Monkey Designs and for the second time we have awarded a Third Place to Rachel Tudehope and Drew Parvu with So Many Board Games.
The five finalists from the Innovation Market, held on February 21st, made their pitches to SCGO members and guests on Wednesday, March 13th. The entrepreneurs were given five minutes for their presentation followed by a two minute question and answer session. A short discussion followed the presentations after which votes were cast.
Torres won with her business idea Colibri Kitchen, a business that specializes in producing fresh salsa. The business brings fresh fruits and vegetables from the farm to your table without any artificial flavors or preservatives. Colibri Kitchen’s salsas will be available at the Sioux City Farmer’s Market, as well as partnerships through Siouxland businesses and eventually purchasing a permanent location. Torres will receive a $5,000 prize in addition to three hours of free legal services, professional business consultation, and tax services.
Baumgardner placed second for her business idea Flying Monkey Designs, a company that specializes in a safe environment for families and individuals with Autism to have a place to work and shop. Training all their employees on trade skills and customer service techniques to enhance success in their day to day lives. Baumgardner will receive a $2,500 prize along with free legal, consultation, and tax services.
Tudehope and Parvu received our third place prize with their business concept So Many Board Games, a café where customers can enjoy a variety of board games for a small cover fee. Access to food and drinks range from small snacks to full meals, along with hundreds of board games to play throughout your time there. Tudehope and Parvu will receive a $1,000 prize, to help assist with purchasing a building and the board game selection.
SCGO would like to thank its sponsors and everyone who submitted ideas to the Innovation Market this year. Thank you: Siouxland Initiative, City of Sioux City, Downtown Partners, Iowa West Coast Initiative, LP Gill Inc., Kramer and Associates, SEDC, Sioux City Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Baird, Stifel Investment Services, Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Ross, LLP, Powell Broadcasting, Kesshi Studios, Siouxland Signs & Printing and The Ho-Chunk Centre. We encourage you work on your own business idea and submit it to the Innovation Market next year!
SCGO is comprised of over 120 young professionals who work to create a positive impact in the Siouxland community. The goal of the organization is to attract and retain young professionals and involve them in shaping the future of Sioux City. Members enjoy committee and volunteer opportunities, networking, after-hours educational and social events, community-based beautification and involvement in the creation of imaginative community events. For more information about SCGO, visit www.siouxcitygo.com.