Eight local start-ups vying for top honors in annual competition
The 2010 Fairview Business Plan Writing Competition is underway and eight local start-ups have submitted applications. The diversity of the eight companies in this year’s competition is reflective of the diversity of the applicants themselves. This year’s competitors include:
- Boulder Booties: Product to protect the specialized climbing shoes worn while rock climbing;
- SpringBox: Compact computer server and related support service that acts as a stand-in for an information technology department in a small business;
- Replay Electronics: Service to refurbish used electronics and to create new, unique technological items out of new and used technology parts and open-source as well as proprietary software;
- Brolo: Internet based video chat service that allows users to quickly connect with either familiar or completely new individuals from around the world for various personal and professional activities;
- Streamline Group: First and only business source for the full spectrum of electronic and physical mailing, shipping, and receiving solutions and services;
- Knoxville Robots: Retail, training, and public meeting facility for robot enthusiasts, engineers, inventors, and educators;
- Heavenly Criterz: Web-based business that provides a purely Christian, on-line, educational, as well as fun, interactive experience for children that sell personalized stuffed animals; and
- NuGenRe (New Generation Recycling): Management of electronic waste (e-waste).
First and second place honorees will receive business development packages including free rent at Fairview Innovation Center, complimentary business consulting services from local providers, and cash for start-up costs. First and second place prizes are valued at over $23,000 and $10,000 respectively.
For more information on the competition, please visit the TDC website or contact Todd Napier, Executive Vice President The Development Corporation of Knox County at (865) 546-5887.