Islanders Selected as Finalists for the 2013 Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition

Published: May 16, 2013

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi teams and two clients from the University’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) have been selected to present their business plans in the final round of the 2013 Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition on Monday, May 20th at 3 p.m.  at Del Mar College.

During this round the teams will present the following business plans to the panel of five local judges: 

  • Joshua Newton, student – “SJ3 Solutions”: A product that monitors consumers’ real time power usage and provides a few different options based on given information.
  • Julian Vela, student – “Mobile Plasma Sanitation System”: A mobile plasma sanitation system that is easy to use on inorganic surfaces resulting in a safer way to sanitize surfaces in one’s home.
  • Tracy Davis, CBBIC – “Sirena Water Wear”: A clothing product called Sealegs Adventure Shorts; a solution to an age old problem.
  • Maricela Sanchez, CBBIC – “Maricela Sanchez Art”: A company that focuses on home accessories for pet owners.

A winner will be awarded based on the viability of their business plan and the potential for its economic impact to the Coastal Bend’s regional economy. Every finalist will be given invaluable feedback, from real investors, on the viability of the business plan, providing the catalyst for putting a business on the right track for success.

The Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition emerged from a grass-roots effort to support economic growth in the Coastal Bend region encompassing Nueces, San Patricio and Kleberg counties surrounding the city of Corpus Christi. The three-phase competition opened in October of 2012 to students and to the public. A collaboration of partners including the Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition Committee, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Mechanical Engineering Program, organized to make this competition a reality.