ADA, OKLAHOMA - Four start-up
companies competed virtually on November 11th for cash prizes during The
Big Pitch Ada hosted by the Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF).
Entrants applied to compete from across the state, with AJF
selecting four finalists to pitch a new business idea, service, or
product line, and be awarded money to further their innovation and
expert feedback based on the quality of their presentation and overall
business concept. This year, the Big Pitch allowed companies to pitch in
two categories: a category for concept-stage ideas for a potential
business, and a category for early stage businesses or product
The selected finalists had five minutes to make their business
pitch to a panel of judges consisting of industry experts, which was
followed by questions and answers with the judges.
The winners were announced during the event and they are as follows:
Place in Idea Stage category awarded to Krystal Russell with Maker's
Market. Maker's Market is a co-working community for artists and makers
providing local and affordable access to studio space, tools, equipment,
classes, and entrepreneurial resources for all skill levels.
Choice and Runner-up in Idea Stage category awarded to Charity Barton
with cboriginal. cboriginal, llc is a multimedia company. The primary
goal is to educate, inform, and entertain a Black audience, ages 2-70,
led by a Black entrepreneur on subjects including social capital, social
activism, mental + physical well-being and overall, self love.
cboriginal fills gaps in representation that is missing in multiple
sectors of Black people’s circumstances. To do this, the goal is to sell
books about the Black lifestyle. Overall, cboriginal will tell
intentional stories about the Black experience that, to date, have been
Place in the Revenue Generating category awarded to Kelly McCord Brown
with Krown International LLC . Krown Robes is a small retail company
that offers a luxurious twist to an everyday necessity, the bathrobe.
These one of a kind Krown Robes are the only bathrobes with an attached
built-in Krown Hair wrap. This is the perfect solution to a huge
Place in Revenue Generating category awarded to Dr. Christine Pappas,
Joseph Harris, and Brian Bahati-Oonga with Community Impact Glass
Recycling. Community Impact Glass Recycling will bring glass recycling
back to Ada. Residential and Commercial clients can purchase pick up or
drop off access to our recycling services. Glass recycling is good
“In it's fourth year, we again had amazing entrepreneurial talent
for The Big pitch Ada. We look forward to seeing each of them grow
their businesses,” said James Eldridge,
AJF President and CEO. "Through this event, the Startup Ada Boot Camp,
and Community Entrepreneurship Hour we are fostering opportunities and
building a culture of innovation in our community."
Thank you to our sponsors LegalShield, REI Oklahoma, First United
Bank of Ada, Pontotoc Technology Center, and Citizens Bank of Ada.