2019 Young Entrepreneur(s) of the Year
This Westie is awarded to an individual student or group of students in the Westlake area who have attempted to redefine the way we live, work and play. With an undeniable hunger for opportunity and an overwhelming ability to find creative solutions to old problems, this individual or group has a viable business concept that will generate revenue.
Finalist: Rev Gum
Rev Gum was founded in 2018 by Blake Settle, who was a Chemistry major at UT Austin and type-1 diabetic. Stuck in a library late at night, the only energy options were canned energy drinks, packed with carbohydrates and artificial ingredients. Because of his diagnosis, Settle resorted to chewing gum to stay awake. It was there the idea for Rev Gum was born - gum with energizing caffeine.
Today, Rev Gum contains less than two calories per piece, is sugar-free, and delivers 100 milligrams of caffeine - the same amount of energy as a cup of coffee. Rev Gum is a CPG company based in West Lake Hills, and available in over 250 locations throughout Texas and surrounding states. The team currently consists of Westlake High School and UT alumni, Blake Settle, Reed Burch, and Stormey Barton.
90% of college campus rapes happen through date-rape. Sipsy was created to solve this problem.
As winner of the Westlake Incubator Pitch Night, the team designed a sticker that is applied on the back of your phone, indicating if your drink has been drugged with just a drop of liquid. Their team of five traveled door-to-door, garnering support from over 600 potential customers from across Austin. Their passion for the business has taken them to local and national pitch competitions, even leading them to, Undercover Colors, a leader in drug-test manufacturing, whom we’re working with to develop our sticker.
Additionally, they’re working on a college subscription box to help students stay safe throughout college and beyond with items like pepper spray and self-defense training vouchers. The Westlake Business Incubator has allowed us to take our dreams and make them a reality. We are excited to see our business take off before we graduate Westlake High School.
Finalist: Sweet Tooth Sushi
Jett Bennatt and Cole Scott are the young entrepreneurs and 7th graders at Hill Country Middle School, who created their business as 4th graders in the Start-Up! Kids Club at Eanes Elementary. They create packs of sushi using candy and sweet treats -- a fun and playful product their customers adore. Initially, they sold at weekend markets to learn the ins and outs of pricing, marketing and product development. By the end of 5th grade, they began selling their product at Big Top Candy Shop. Every weekend, this duo continues to hand craft product for weekly deliveries and upcoming markets, including the Junior League Christmas Affair. Last year they won the “Pitch Yeah!” contest to develop Sweet Tooth Sushi starter kits to teach other kids how to be young entrepreneurs. These teens took an idea and developed a business while keeping up with their busy student schedules and outside activities.
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