NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Alabama Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

October 12, 2016

Local entrepreneurs win training, resources, and opportunity to pitch ideas at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Chairman Masingill: "These entrepreneurs represent some of the best the Delta has to offer"

LIVINGSTON, AL – Three Alabama-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the Delta Entrepreneur Network’s Delta Challenge hosted by the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

"These entrepreneurs represent some of the best the Delta has to offer. They are converting what makes our part of the world great – our people, our culture, and our history – into successful business ideas and opportunities. As the Delta Entrepreneurship Network grows, I am excited to work with this new class of fellows to strengthen entrepreneurial development in the region and build a robust ecosystem of talented business leaders," DRA Chairman Masingill said.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • Entrelinc, Amelia Thomas: Entrelinc is a technology driven platform that matches and connects large businesses that are seeking to deepen their diversity spend by focusing on doing more business with small, locally-owned, minority and women-owned businesses in the communities in which they have locations.
     
  • Carol’s Artesian H2O Energy, Moses Weaver: Nature's Own Carol's Spring Water, LLC bottles pure, natural artesian mineral water at the source.
     
  • Think Ink, LLC, Carl Morgan: Think Ink is a zero-waste management program, which will prevent recyclable material and electronic waste from entering the municipal waste stream and landfill.
     
  • ALTERNATE - Bio Boom, Dr. Mustafa Morsy: Bio Boom has developed a biofertilizer that will increase production and improve drought tolerance.

WHAT DEN FELLOWS WIN

  • Access to a series of technical assistance trainings and business development resources
  • Introduction to regional mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Participation in special programming during the 2017 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Delta entrepreneurs are encouraged to register for one of the remaining pitch competitions and small business fairs:

  • November 1, 2016: Ruston, LA - Louisiana Tech University
  • November 18, 2016: Cape Girardeau, MO - Codefi

The Delta Entrepreneurship Network is a program of the Delta Regional Authority created to identify, connect, and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystems that drive the Delta's local and regional economies. The DEN is addressing regional deficiencies in access to affordable capital, training, and best practices for entrepreneurship through a connected infrastructure of support organizations, investors, and educators.


About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. Through its Small Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative, the DRA has invested $9.4 million in small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Delta, creating and retaining 1,340 jobs and leveraging nearly $17 million in other public and private investment. To learn more, visit dra.gov/entrepreneur.

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Media Contact: John Collins
press@dra.gov