Teams square off for a prize of $10,000

San AntonioDecember 5, 2019 – They have spent months taking their creative business ideas and turning them into reality. Now it is time to see which idea industry experts believe is the most promising and deserving of $10,000 in seed funding to help make it happen.

The H-E-B School of Business and Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will hold its Startup Challenge at noon, Friday, Dec. 6. The event will take place in the UIW Mabee Library Auditorium on the Broadway Campus located at 4301 Broadway. The challenge is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Holt Ventures.

The Startup Challenge encourages collaboration from UIW students across all disciplines to maximize their skills and talents. The teams also worked with industry mentors from the San Antonio business community to help develop their business ideas.

The five finalists taking part in the challenge include:

  • DPOWER uses human cycling power to generate electrical energy to offset utility costs at spin studios.
  • IKÚ manufactures a traditional fermented drink that is both tasty and healthy, including added probiotic bacteria.
  • Journey Poles transform regular hospital IV poles into something colorful, unique & comforting to patients.
  • True Hemp is an easy and fun field-testing kit that allows you to determine if a cannabis product contains THC.
  • Wheel-Holder secures bags and other items to the back of a wheelchair and swings around for easy access.

The H-E-B School of Business and Administration is committed to establishing an ecosystem to support and foster the entrepreneurial ambitions of our students. The UIW chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization was established in 2017 to further promote the entrepreneurial spirit. Students gather regularly, creating a forum to discuss startup business ideas. Its members are vital to the success of the school’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.