Las Vegas Sun
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) From a a hydroponic farm that would supply hundreds of Las Vegas businesses with produce to a reusable water bottle that doubles as a tool to help people stick with their medication regimens, there were plenty of creative ideas at this year’s “Get Started Las Vegas” pitch contest.
A Las Vegas food truck that offers a side of philanthropy took top prize in Get Started Las Vegas, a contest to help launch start-ups.
Entrepreneur Siloh Moses’ Fork & Spoon LV, which provides a plate of food to the homeless for each plate purchased by a customer, topped four other finalists in the Get Started Las Vegas contest, held at Rain Nightclub at the Palms.
The winning finalist took home cash and prizes valued at more than $17,000, including a one-year Cox Business technology package.
In the contest, now in its third year in Las Vegas, entrepreneurs gave a two-and-a-half-minute pitch of their products and services to the judges in front of an audience. They also displayed their entries in a designated area of the event room.
Panelists were Allen Vance, owner of Work in Progress, Laura Lorber, executive editor of Inc.com, and Tim Washer, a stand-up comedian, video producer and corporate humorist.
The event also featured a Get Started U competition among three college entrepreneurs vying for a $3,000 business coaching package. Those contestants were:
Elias Benjelloun, owner of Tech Start for Kids. The business provides after-school computer science classes to students ages 6 to 15.
Wendy Gelbart, who pitched a peer-reviewed virtual conference platform.
Rosemary Garcia, owner of Miracle Hands Personal Home Care. The business provides in-home non-medical services to elderly and disabled Nevadans.
Benjelloun won the Get Started U competition and earned a chance to pitch with the Get Started Las Vegas finalists.