Store-bought bacon fat, small gift items that fit into postage-paid greeting cards and motivational static clings are a few of the items I've come to know and love over the past couple of days. These are all inventions of people from the Tulsa area, and they just happen to be three of the seven finalists in the SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
The other finalists are inventors of a mobile concussion management software; pressure relief devices that relieve overpressure in industrial processes; DVD and digital series of custom workouts designed for each month of pregnancy; and a website tool for calculating the intrinsic value of most publicly traded companies. Whew! These people are talented!
This is the second year TCC and SpiritBank have partnered in this intense, months-long competition. And just like last year, I am amazed at the talent Tulsa has. And it isn't just talent. These people have drive. I must have invented hundreds (or at least dozens) of things in my head during my life, but I've never actually taken steps to see my ideas reach fruition.
These competitors are proof that entrepreneurialism is alive and thriving in Tulsa. So who will win? The winner, along with the second and third place winners, will be announced Nov. 15.