22nd Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Winners

 22nd Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Recipients

The Amarillo Community came together on the evening of March 23, 2017 to celebrate the growth of three local entrepreneurs at the 22nd Annual Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Awards Ceremony. Three local entrepreneurs were selected as the 2017 recipients of the Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge by five independent judges based on their professional business plans and presentations for investment.

Participants of the challenge went through a challenging six-month program and several submissions before submitting a 20-page business plan to a panel of independent judges. After they were selected as a finalist, they presented a 10-minute pitch to the judges for the opportunity of investment from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation.

The 2017 Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Recipients:

Biti Pies – $100,000
Owners: Mike & Jeuleda Huffaker

Biti Pies sells individually wrapped, single-serving, high-quality snack pies and cakes. The product size allows for thousands of pies and cakes to be produced each day that are easy to distribute, store and merchandise.

EasyMath App – $100,000
Owner/President: Alejandro Magallanes

Students struggle with math homework on a daily basis due to the lack of one-on-one time in the classroom. EasyMath is a mobile application that provides students with tutoring by having the student submit an image of their math problem and connecting them to a qualified tutor via the app.

Owner: James Schmidt

TechKnow Remote Systems has created a system that monitors collection tank levels for small oil producers. This system allows oil producers to view their oil production data, get alerts for fill levels and make reports with their data.

Judges for the 2017 Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge include:
  • Jake Breechen, Confluence Security Group
  • Steve Bowen, Happy State Bank
  • Brad Martin, Community Leader
  • Robin Patterson, WTAMU College of Business
  • Joshua Raef, Chick-fil-A Georgia Street

“Over the last 22 years of this program, 83 companies have been funded. Of those companies, 75% are still in business,” says Brittny Herbert, Program Manager of the Enterprise Center. “We could not do this program without the funding and support of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. We are fortunate to have this program in our city, and we look forward to helping these entrepreneurs build great companies.”

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