Three “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition Winners Selected

Each Grand Prize Winner Received $10,000 Award

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 11/19/2014, 1:42 p.m.
Three Houston-based start-ups emerged as the Grand Prize winners in the City of Houston’s “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition. This ...
The “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition

Three Houston-based start-ups emerged as the Grand Prize winners in the City of Houston’s “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition. This year the finalist participated in three categories: Innovation, Product and Service. A Grand Prize winner was selected from each category and received an award of $10,000. Sponsored by Capital One Bank in partnership with the Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), the competition was created to engage and empower Houstonians seeking to start a new business in Houston by providing them with access to essential information, resources and support necessary to develop a sound business plan as a first step toward realizing this goal. First and Second Prize Winners were selected from among nine finalists during a final pitch presentation on Saturday, November 15, 2014. For more information visit www.liftoffhouston.com or email liftoffhouston@houstontx.gov.

The Award Winners this year were:

Grand Prize Winners:

Innovation:

Guy de Carufel and Chris Cauley - Rave’n Save, is an online business platform to connect food trucks with their customers.

Product:

Noe Erazo - Olé Noé, is a language-learning materials company that sells e-books and apps for the speech-language pathology and communication disorders market.

Service:

Jasmin Augustin and Carlos Hernandez - Logistics, Inc., is a logistics business focused on office and transportation management.

Second Place Winners:

Product:

Joel Tatum - Scultply.com, is a manufacturer for customized, original and elegant keepsakes.

Innovation:

Amber Cloud - The Music Studio on Tour, will teach aspiring music artists how to fish; they will also provide a fishing pole from a production studio in a bus.

Service:

Thomas and Daniel Garcia Prats - Small Places LLC, is a company working to use agriculture as a means of beginning to address Houston communities' food needs by developing a sustainable business model for urban farming, growing food innovatively and organically, involving community members, and promoting healthy living.

Winners:

Guy de Carufel and Chris Cauley - Lives in Oak Forest - 77257

Noe Erazo - Lives in Alief - 77099

Jasmin Augustin and Carlos Hernandez - Logistics, Inc., a logistics business focused on office and transportation management. Live in 77263

Second Place Winners:

Joel Tatum - Scultply.com, a manufacturer for customized, original and elegant keepsakes. Lives in Spring Branch - 77098

Amber Cloud - The Music Studio on Tour, will teach aspiring music artists how to fish; they will also provide a fishing pole from a production studio in a bus. Lives in Sharpstown - 77077

Thomas and Daniel Garcia Prats - Small Places LLC, a company working to use agriculture as a means of beginning to address Houston communities' food needs by developing a sustainable business model for urban farming, growing food innovatively and organically, involving community members, and promoting healthy living. Live in Greater East End - 77011

About the Competition

The “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition is designed to encourage Houstonians to achieve the goal of business ownership while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy. The competition took place over a six-month period and included four stages (Orientation, Workshop, Mentor, and Business Pitch). Cash prizes totaling $30,000, awarded in sums of $10,000 to the winning business plan submissions in the business plan categories of Product, Service and Innovation, was generously provided by Capital One Bank.