2019 Coastal Venture Competition

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The University of South Alabama Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) hosted the Coastal Venture Competition on Friday, April 12, 2019. During the weeks leading up to the event, nineteen videos were submitted resulting in six finalists. The top four contestants competed live, Shark Tank style, in front of judges and an audience comprised of students, professors and MCEI Board Members. Over $12,000 was awarded to competitors with the winner taking a $4,000 grand prize.

The $4,000 grand prize winner was Bailey Duos, who presented Port City Pups, a doggy daycare service that provides a multitude of services which will be located in downtown Mobile, AL. Patricia West took home $3,000 as first runner up with The Marketeer, a personalized and certified marketing agency. Second runner up Ronnie Reed and Brannon Schaffer won $2,000 by successfully presenting My FAM Entertainment, a new and advanced way of music management. Reagan Oswald took home the third runner up trophy and $1,000 for her company The Workshop, a space that allows builders to advance their craft.

Taking home $500 each were honorable mentions Kailee Kiminski and Randy Bumpers.

We are so proud of all of our contestants and we are excited to begin planning for next year’s Coastal Venture Competition!