Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has listed the three finalists in its 2016 New Venture Competition. The winner will receive $35,000 in startup capital.
The winner will be selected at an awards dinner on September 22. Judges include representatives from area businesses, including PNC Bank, Wells Fargo and Brightpoint.
The finalists and their businesses include:
- Guadalupe Callejas, The Metro Striping and Stenciling Company: A line striping company that that also offers the Fort Wayne regional area with commercial and interior painting and stenciling, from handicap stenciling or stenciling a basketball court onto a cement slab.
- Jamal Robinson, DESIAR Eyewear: DESIAR designs, distributes, and manufacturers handcrafted sunglasses and optical eyewear. Its customers are individuals and boutique and international retailers.
- Andrew Smittie, Green E-Waste Miracles LLC: A materials recovery company that focuses on environmental waste material that is no longer accepted by trash collection companies or landfills, including all electronic waste, batteries, bulbs, and tires. The material is processed and separated back into its natural components, purified, and then sold as commodities.