JEFFERSON CITY — A enterprise pitch to protect cremated stays as ceramic artwork gained a Fulton school scholar sufficient cash to cowl startup prices.
Paige Brennecke, a freshman at Westminster School and William Woods College, pitched her enterprise concept for Cremation Creations and gained the Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s first Present Me Innovation Collegiate Pitch Competitors on Tuesday. The small enterprise will create ceramic artwork and colour it with glaze incorporating cremated stays.
“I positively wasn’t anticipating it,” Brennecke mentioned about successful the competitors and $2,000. “It’s superb — I can’t wait to get began.”
From cell latte artwork to natural health and beauty merchandise, 4 scholar finalists from Lincoln College, Westminster and William Woods pitched a variety of small enterprise concepts to a panel of judges Tuesday. Most had been centered on addressing wants they see of their group.
Urns are melancholy and burials are costly, Brennecke identified as a part of her pitch, so there’s a marketplace for a extra charming means of conserving cremated ashes. She steered the companies could possibly be supplied for pet stays as effectively.
Because the winner, Brennecke was awarded $2,000 to assist cowl startup prices for her new enterprise. She mentioned she’ll use the funds to purchase a pottery wheel, provides and start advertising and marketing her companies.
As the only real worker, Brennecke would obtain the shopper’s ashes through mail. She then creates the customized order, which might embrace pots, vases or almost every other ceramic good, and mixes the ashes with glaze to paint the ceramic objects. Clients can select any colour and incorporate a design of their selection. She then mails them the completed product and any remaining ashes which are leftover.
Cremation Creations will be a part of a rising discipline of companies discovering inventive makes use of for ashes, Brennecke mentioned, resembling corporations that incorporate cremated stays into fireworks, timber, blown glass and diamonds.
Brennecke mentioned it was a nerve-wracking expertise to pitch her concept, however she was grateful for it.
“It’s a aid,” she mentioned. “I didn’t understand how I used to be going to do it earlier than and now that I’ve the funds, I can actually make it occur.”
Brennecke’s new enterprise was one among a number of student-led initiatives addressing an unmet want in the neighborhood, mentioned Lauren Carter, director of the Missouri Small Enterprise Improvement Heart at Lincoln.
“After sitting with the scholars and dealing on their pitches collectively and seeing how passionate they had been about their concepts and companies, it was virtually mind-blowing,” Carter mentioned. “It was an incredible feeling to see them form of go from having an concept to really taking the steps to get it began.”
Working by way of the Small Enterprise Improvement Heart, Carter helped coach college students on easy methods to pitch their concepts and kind enterprise fashions. Every scholar got here up with the concept on their very own earlier than registering for the competition.
One of many first questions she requested was why they had been doing it.
“The solutions that we received had been so actual they usually all had some actual passionate motivators behind it, and it was normally life expertise,” Carter mentioned.
Daelynn Inventory, a scholar at William Woods College, noticed a necessity for extra cell espresso choices which are accessible to the deaf group in Fulton.
Woman Dae’s, Inventory’s concept for a cell cafe run out of a renovated horse trailer, gained second place and she or he took dwelling $1,000 for her new enterprise.
Inventory is learning American Signal Language and decoding at William Woods and needs to make use of her capability to speak with ASL to succeed in members of the deaf group who discover conventional espresso venues troublesome to navigate.
“With having the Missouri Faculty for the Deaf in Fulton, there’s a big deaf group, and I wish to open doorways of accessibility for them by way of my enterprise,” she mentioned.
Woman Dae’s will start serving Missouri-made espresso, Lotus pure power drinks and customized latte artwork in Fulton later this yr, Inventory mentioned. The cell espresso store will probably be geared up with a printer that creates customized photographs in latte foam, such because the buyer’s face.
Inventory mentioned she remains to be within the means of renovating the two-horse trailer she’ll serve drinks out of and she or he’ll use her $1,000 in winnings to purchase indicators and advertising and marketing materials.
Brianna Kliethermes, small enterprise liaison with the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, mentioned it’s thrilling to assist equip younger entrepreneurs with the sources they should begin their business trip.
Kliethermes mentioned the group needed to increase its typical innovation pitch competitors and host a contest particularly for school college students due to the variety of concepts coming from younger entrepreneurs.
“We simply need to develop that mindset of entrepreneurship inside our group,” she mentioned.
Kliethermes mentioned she needs to make the collegiate pitch competitors an annual occasion between Lincoln, Westminster and William Woods, and probably increase to include space highschool college students in one other competitors.