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2nd Annual SEED Center Business Pitch Competition underway

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Have you ever had a great idea for a new business, but didn't have the resources to make it happen? For the right idea, there's not only start-up money up for grabs, but free space in the McNeese SEED Center Incubator.

The second Annual Business Pitch Competition is taking applications. There are four categories: High School, University, General Business, and Technology.

"You don't have to have a full business plan or a 500 page document. We are looking for people with good ideas that have a clear focus. If we think it has potential we can help you with the resources to get it started," said Adrian Wallace, SEED Center Executive Director. "We didn't have any entries in the High School category last year, so we hope to get some this year."

The SEED Center has only been open for six months, but it's already helping last year's winners grow their businesses. Each winner received six months free rent in the SEED Center and access to business resources. The winners also received $1,000 in start-up money from the Angels of Southwest Louisiana.

"It has never slowed down actually. We went from being a class project to in the competition and now we are a real business that actually has funding," said Matt Lundmark.

Lundmark and Tyson Queen are the founders of Go Go Grocer -- a service that once up and running will allow people to shop online for their groceries and pick up at their own convenience.

"We have been working really hard. We look to get a grocery store online very soon and hopefully have a test phase up and running by the summer. During that period we'll work out all the kinks before expanding," said Queen. "The way it works is people will go online and fill out their shopping list. The grocery store will do the shopping. And the customer will pick it up and it's all ready to go."

They've launched their website and are currently taking applications for beta users to test the service.

"We don't plan on being a small business for long. We are going to start here in Lake Charles and a few years from now we want to go from Louisiana and expand into Texas, then go into Mississippi. After that we want to expand to the entire Gulf coast and eventually take this thing on a national level," explained Queen.

The experience at the SEED Center has also allowed them to interact with other entrepreneurs and trade business tips.

"Each of us has something that we are good at in our own expertise. We can take that and help each other mix and match," said Benny Nguyen, Bookstoop.com founder.

Nguyen was also a first year winner. His Bookstoop.com pitch aims to give college students the ability to buy and exchange textbooks. He too has big goals and expects to be serving more than 75% of the U.S. colleges in the next five years.

Nguyen encourages others to take advantage of the Business Pitch Competition.

"This is an exclusive opportunity to share your vision, launch your business and become successful," said Nguyen.

To find out more details and apply for the Business Pitch Competition click here.

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