Winners chosen for TBDC's idea pitch competition

Nov 19, 2013 | General News

A Ruston-based entrepreneur was chosen out of 15 presentations as best business idea during the Technology Business Development Center’s “Won in One” idea pitch competition.
Held recently at Louisiana Tech, the competition brought together entrepreneurs from across the region. The event gave participants one minute to summarize their idea for a new business enterprise in a way that demonstrated the idea’s viability and its appeal as an investment opportunity.
Barrett Routon with Gauge Away was chosen as winner and received $800, a logo design by Donnie Bell Design and a one-half page color ad in The Minute Magazine. Gauge Away allows remote monitoring of oilfield sites. It is a cellular-based system that monitors multiple pressures or levels, and it provides updates to well operators.
Jeremy Cave of Bossier City was awarded second place and $400 for his presentation of Caveboy, Inc. This mobile game application utilizes photos from one’s social networks and cloud services to play the game of Memory with friends.
Rob Gaudet of Bossier City received third place and $200 for Flyplyst. Flyplyst, a mobile map, allows users to create lists of their favorite products from local merchants that are viewable on a map.
Brent Gay of Ruston received $800 and the People’s Choice award for his presentation of Flood Warning Systems, LLC. This flood detection alarm is designed to be easily transported and convenient for campers and remote campsites.
Kathy Wyatt, director of the TBDC, said the event was intended to foster enthusiasm for pursuing new business opportunities in north Louisiana.