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

November 22, 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"

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Three entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected this week as winners of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s final Delta Challenge hosted by Codefi in Cape Girardeau's Marquette Tech District, 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:

  • Edible Education, Ann Butler, Cape Girardeau, MO
    Edible Education's Kitchen a la Cart, is the first interactive mobile teaching kitchen for schools, hospitals, wellness centers, libraries, and dietitians to use to teach hands on culinary lessons. 
     
  • My Veggie Chef, Mark Rigdon, Cape Girardeau, MO
    My Veggie Chef delivers and ships affordable, frozen, plant-based meal packages. Each weekly package consists of five meal kits of four servings each built around vegetables, grains, beans, and fruits.
     
  • CosmeticTech, Chris Carnell, Cape Girardeau, MO
    Auto CosmeticTech is an online platform connecting vehicle owners to mobile technician vendors that focus on cosmetic repairs like paintless dent repair, wheel refurbishing, small bumper repairs, vinyl restoration, and headlight restoration.
     
  • ALTERNATE - HABERDASHE, LLC, Smydge Perry, New Orleans, LA
    HABERDASHE is a brand and mobile platform for custom women's suiting by using 3-D body scanning, style algorithms, and virtual fitting rooms.

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

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